How to Write to NTFS Drives on a Mac

NTFS (New Technology File System) is the file system used for depositing and recovering files on a hard disk. If you want to write a Boot Camp partition on your Mac system you should use exFAT since the Mac’s operating system is already wired to read that.

Part 1: Free ways to Write to NTFS Drives on a Mac

Mac can read but not write to NTFS drives on a Mac, however there are solutions

1. Third party drivers (FREE): although this method requires some involving activity you can get it to work.

If you ever wish to reverse the entire process the you would need to disable system integrity protection ad run these commands right after ‘sudo rm /sbin/mount_ntfs’ and ‘sudo mv /sbin/mount_ntfs.original /sbin/mount_ntfs’ and ‘brew uninstall ntsf-3g’

You can uninstall osxfuse form the system and remove it completely for system panel. Enable system integrity protection after the uninstall.

2. Apple’s experimental NTFS writing support: the operating system of Mac has experimental support for writing NTFS but this is automatically off and has to be turned on by some steps. This method is the least tried and the least stable. It is in no way guaranteed and if it does not work it is not the fault of able or the instructions. It just does not work sometimes. Also if does not work, it could generate issue for you in the future with writing NTFS.

If the drive is connected to your Mac, then disconnect it and connect it again. Go to finder, click on go then select go to folder and type ‘/Volumes’.

If this was Windows, you would find your missing USB drive in Windows by now. But Windows writes on NTFS automatically without these steps so it will be easy to find your missing USB in Windows.

Part 2: How to Recover data from NTFS Drive

3. Recover data from NTFS Drive: If your data in NTFS file is lost during any of the above mentioned processes, you can recover it using a hard drive data recovery software. We recommend Wondershare Data Recovery. This data recovery tool will recover data from NTFS drives. If you connect your USB device and you cannot see it you can follow our steps to find your missing USB drive in Windows and follow the simple steps to recover data from NTFS drives.

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download and launch Wondershare Data Recovery on you Mac, follow the next simple steps to perform Mac hard drive data recovery.

Step 1 Select the file type you want to recover from Mac hard drive.

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Step 3 It will start a quick scan, if it can't find your lost data you can go to deep scan which will deeply search more file from hard drive.

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A Mac can read NTFS files but cannot write on them. there are ways to change this using some free third party apps that can easily be downloaded, installed and used on a Mac to write NTFS. Apple also has an experimental NTFS write support. You can make use of this for writing NTFS on Mac.

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Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "System Integrity protection"? Please follow the steps below.

Step 1Reboot the Mac and hold down"Command + R" keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose "Terminal".

Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restrart your Mac.

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