The macOS High Sierra is here with us and it is packed with even more features than ever before. Accessing files and folders is easier on this new OS from Apple. But there is a concern that is at the back of the mind of Mac users when it comes to handling drives on the macOS High Sierra 10.13. Can Mac read and write NTFS? The answer to this is very important because there are times when one will need to create folders, save files to and perform other write activities on Windows NTFS formatted drives. Will this operating system allow you to write to ntfs drives?
Natively, the macOS High Sierra will be able to read NTFS formatted drives but it will not be able to write to NTFS Drive. This is not to mean that it is impossible to use NTFS drive on Mac. It can be done successfully by using various means that allow write to NTFS drive in macOS High Sierra. By using either of these methods users of this operating system will be able to access files stored on NTFS files and add more, edit them and perform other activities.
What are these ways that allow users to use NTFS on Mac?
Third Party NTFS Drivers
These are drivers developed by companies other than Apple and NTFS drive makers. There is quite a number of such drivers that people can use to enable mac writing to NTFS. The best of these drivers come at a fee but for the service they offer they are worth the money. What are the options that you have?
Paragon NTFS for Mac 15, with this you will be able to write to NTFS drive as well as read from them on your macOS High Sierra. You will be able to make as many changes to the drive as you wish. It gives you full control over any NTFS drive that you will plug into the computer. What is even more impressive about the Paragon NTFS 15 for macOS 10.13 is the speed at which it enables users to access to the NTFS drive. To give you a hint of what you can expect, the speed when using the NTFS drive with Paragon rivals that of the native HTS+ formatted drives.
This driver is very easy to install. Once it is in the computer it will allow the users to transfer files easily from Windows PC to the Mac and vice versa. This means that with this you will be able to read and write NTFS formatted drives.
Using the Terminal in macOS High Sierra
macOS High Sierra users can turn NTFS write on in the settings that can be accessed via the Terminal. This feature is off by default but it can be switched on. To warn you, this is not an easy thing to do and it is not always successful. If you would like to give it a try, follow the steps below:
1. Insert the NTFS drive and ensure it has a single word name (ex: drive).
2. To launch the Terminal you can either; go to Applications then Utilities then click on Terminal or press the Command and Space keys on the keyboard simultaneously then type Terminal and then press enter.
3. Once the terminal is open, type in the command below:
sudo nano /etc/fstab
Press Enter and then type in the command below (replace NAME with the NTFS Drive name)
LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
4. Press Ctrl + O to save the file. Close the GNU by pressing Ctrl + X.
5. Unplug the drive and then reconnect it. To access the drive with write capabilities open it by clicking on “Go” than the “Go To folder”. When this is open type “/volumes” in the box.
To reverse these changes, one needs to go to the Terminal again and delete the lines added to the nano editor.
Change the drive format from NTFS to exFAT
ExFAT is a kind of drive formatting that is neither default in Windows nor Mac but it is supported by both platforms. macOS High Sierra will be able to read and write the drive in this formatting and so will Windows.
How can you change a drive from NTFS to exFAT formatting? Follow these steps:
1. Open disk utility.
2. Select the drive to change formatting. Select the erase tab and choose the EXFAT option in the drop down box. Click on Erase.
This drive can now be used to transfer files from a Mac running on macOS High Sierra to any Windows PC and vice versa.
Choose any of the three methods and you will be able to enable mac writing to NTFS. However, the last two can fail and require too much work. The easiest, most reliable and best way to write to NTFS drive in macOS High Sierra is by using third party software.