How to Write to NTFS Drives on a Mac – How-To Geek

MacOS natively supports reading from NTFS (New Technology File System) drives but doesn’t provide built-in write support. However, there are third-party tools available that allow you to write to NTFS drives on a Mac. One popular and reliable option is using the third-party software “Paragon NTFS for Mac.”

Please note that since my information is not current, there might be newer or different methods available. It’s always a good idea to check for the latest information and software versions to ensure compatibility with your macOS version. With that in mind, here are the general steps you can follow to enable NTFS write support on your Mac:

  1. Download and Install Paragon NTFS for Mac:
    • Go to the official Paragon website and download the latest version of Paragon NTFS for Mac.
    • Once the download is complete, double-click the installer package and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
  2. Restart Your Mac:
    • After installing Paragon NTFS for Mac, it’s essential to restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.
  3. Write to NTFS Drives:
    • Once your Mac has restarted, connect your NTFS-formatted external drive to your Mac using a USB cable.
    • The Paragon NTFS driver should now automatically detect the NTFS drive and enable write support.
  4. Manage NTFS Drive:
    • With Paragon NTFS for Mac installed, you should be able to read from and write to NTFS drives just like you would with any other drive on your Mac.
    • You can copy, delete, or modify files on the NTFS drive as needed.

Remember, using third-party software to enable NTFS write support on macOS may come with certain risks. Always ensure you have backups of your important data before attempting to write to an NTFS drive from macOS. Additionally, be sure to use the latest version of the software and check for any updates or patches to maintain compatibility with your Mac’s operating system.

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