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How to enable the NTFS write on Mac Monterey?
How to enable the NTFS write on Mac Monterey?
  • Oka Assist
  • 2021-12-04 12:35:47


How to enable the NTFS write on Mac Monterey?

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The new macOS 12.0.1 Monterey is released. There are a lot of new features in this new version. But as usual, it does not support NTFS disk. NTFS has been used in windows by Micros Soft since 1993. And NTFS is not an open-source file format, so Apple also is tired to support this file system by guessing the interface; after macOS 10.13, Apple did not support NTFS by default.

How to write NTFS disk drive on macOS Monterey?

Third-party NTFS drives

  1. Omi NTFS Disk Pro, Free, this is the reason you should try first. Best Free Windows NTFS Disk Management App for macOS. It supports Apple Silicon M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max chip. Also, it has supported macOS since 10.13. It can mount/unmount NTFS drive, read/write/copy/paste/edit files in NTFS disk. Unlike all the other NTFS apps, it is free, and it also provides additional features; you can even repair and format the disk in the app.

  2. NTFS for Mac by Paragon Software is another excellent app for NTFS drive, but the price is very high; I would not suggest you buy directly; maybe have a trial first. And remember, only one NTFS app can be used on your Mac, so please try first.

  3. Tuxera NTFS for Mac is the one that is even more expensive than Paragon; the feature is very similar. So I would not suggest you try this one.

    And there are a lot of 3rd party NTFS apps, but most of them are paid apps. The reason is, nobody has the document or NTFS interface from Micro-Soft; developers need to put a lot of effort into debugging and find a way to support this on macOS.

Using command line to enble writing to NTFS drives

Yes, you can enable this with some simple command lines in Terminal. But it is very complex; I will list the steps below. Before you try, there is an alternative way to have this by installing Omi NTFS Disk on Mac Store. Omi NTFS Disk on Mac Store is precisely the same as the below command line, but you need to install the app; it will do everything for you.

What is the difference between the store version Omi NTFS Disk and Omi NTFS Disk Pro installed on the website?

I would suggest the Pro version; since the Store version, you can not open the disk in the finder; you need to open it in the Omi NTFS App.

The command line is the same as the Omi NTFS Disk, but you can try a DIY with the command line if you are a geek.

  1. Open Disk Utility in your Application -> Utilities Folder

  2. Right Click on your USB Drive and select "Unmount"

  3. Open Terminal in your Application -> Utilities Folder

    In this Terminal Console, input below commands (Remember to replace the "disk2s1" section with the identifer of your NTFS drive):

    Diskutil list

    Sudo mkdir /Volumes/disk2s1

    Sudo mount -t ntfs -o rw,auto,nobrowse /dev/disk2s1 /Volumes/disk2s1

    You might need to input your mac login password or admin password after these command. And after that, you still can not find your disk in your finder. But you can use the Finder -> Go -> Go to Folder, and type "/Volumes" in the search box, then you will find your disk.

Format your NTFS drive to exFAT or APFS

exFAT is supported by Windows & macOS, so this is the option you can choose, backup your files on NTFS drive, and format it to exFAT format. Erase the drive with Disk Utility, there will be an option for the disk format, choose ExFAT.

If you are just using the disk for macOS, choose the APFS which is apple's file system.


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