How can I write to NTFS on Mac?
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What is NTFS?
The NT file system (NTFS), also sometimes called the New Technology File System, is a process that the Windows NT operating system uses to efficiently store, organize, and find files on a hard disk. NTFS is used most by Microsoft Windows. But not for Mac. By default, it can read the files on the NTFS file system, but you can not edit or write files on the NTFS disk.
Why can't macOS support NTFS writable?
NTFS was first used in Windows NT 3.1 in 1993. And it is still used in windows 10, windows 11. And Microsoft is not providing NTFS as an open-source standard. So Apple would not support this, and as we all know why Apple should support the leading competitor's file system.
How can macOS write NTFS?
You can enable NTFS write permission by some command in macOS, but I strongly suggest you not try with this. Apple already disables this after macOS 10.14. So I would suggest you try some 3rd party app for this.
The best free NTFS disk manager, most of the NTFS apps are paid app and they are all quite expensive. This is the only one which is free and quite stable. Omi NTFS Disk Pro also support Apple Silicon M1 Chip. You can mount and unmount NTFS disk on your Mac.
Beside the NTFS feature, it even support repair and format disk function. And all of these functions are free.
It is a paid NTFS app, $19.95, and offers ten day free trial. But it did not support the repair feature. If you are willing to pay the developer, this is a good option.
Tuxera NTFS for Mac
It is even more expensive than Paragon, $31, and offers 14 days trial. The feature is the same as Paragon.
Fuse for macOS
It is a free, open-source project. Before macOS 10.13, this is an excellent free NTFS tool with some tech knowledge you will find out how to install, but after 10.14, it is hard to install successfully. I spend two days, and I give up now. If you have no idea what is Hombrew, what is ruby, what is NTFS-3g, then you can skip this solution.