How to Write to NTFS Drives in macOS Catalina and Mojave

This topic will reveal 4 doable solutions to write to NTFS Drives in New macOS Catalina, Mojave and all other MacOS X versions.

The new macOS 10.15 Catalina has been released and expected to be an outstanding OS which supports plenty of advantageous features. However, This new MacOS does not support writing to Drives (USB and External Hard drive) under NTFS format which is pretty familiar with Windows users. More specifically, the data on an NTFS drive is readable but not writable. But don’t worry because there are actually several solutions to overcome this problem. Go through this topic to find out how to get it done.

1. Use of Third Party NTFS Drivers

The first method I would like to introduce is to use a third-party application which is not officially published by both Apple and Microsoft. By use of the NTFS Driver, you are able to read and write to NTFS drives without limitations. Paragon NTFS for Mac seems to be the best one I would introduce to you.

Basically, The Paragon NTFS is designed with the same principle as Apple’s Disk Utility. If you have ever tried using Apple’s Disk Utility, you will find that the Paragon interface is quite familiar. This application also supports an auto-mount function which allows users to mount NTFS drive without any manual work. Once you finish installing the software properly, you will be able to access fully to NTFS drive to customize the files such as open, edit, copy, move, delete or even create a new one as you desire.

2. Enable Writing to NTFS Using Terminal

This solution is totally FREE and works under all MacOS versions including the new Catalina.

If you are familiar to Linux commands, the following steps would be easy to force MacOS to accept full access to a particular NTFS Drive.

  • Step 1- Get the NTFS drive label NAME: The screenshot below shows the USB Label NAME. After plug the drive into your Mac, MacOS will mount it with a the same Label name from the left-side of finder window.
    Anyway, in my case, the Label name is “Untitled

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  • Step 2 - Launch Terminal: From macOS Catalina, you will find Terminal under /Applications/Utilities/. Otherwise, it is so quick to open it by finding with the “Terminal” keyword.

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  • Step 3. After launching Terminal, enter the following command line:

Sudo nano /etc/fstab

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  • Step 4. After that, the fstab window then must be called in blank by default. Copy then paste the following line into the window:

LABEL=**NAME** none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

Be noticed that The NAME must be replaced by your drive label name, which is “Untitled” in my case.

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What to do if the Drive NAME contains words that are separated by a space with an example such as APPLEHINT NTFS WRITE. According to Linux rules, In this case, replace the space by “\040” ( APPLEHINT\040NTFS\040WRITE ).

  • Step 5. Press “CTRL+O” and press “Enter” to save the fstab file.

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After that, you can close the Terminal and start accessing to your NTFS drive without limitation.

So far, there must be two common questions now.

  • Question 1: After the NTFS Drive is unmounted (you take it off), then plug it into the mac again in the next time, the Volume no longer exists at the left pane side any more. How to find it? From Finder window, click on “Go” then “Go to folder”. Next, enter the /Volumes . The NTFS partition must appears then, and you are able to write the Data into it at normal.

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  • Question 2: In the next time, if you plug another NTFS drive into your Mac, what would you do? Just call the fstab file like the above step, and then add one more line with new drive label name below the first line added.

3. Install NTFS-3G

NTFS-3G is an open source cross-platform implementation of the Microsoft Windows NTFS file system with read-write support. To install NTFS-3G correctly, you may take a look in this topic: https://macntfs.com/how-to-install-ntfs-3g/

4. Change Drive Format to exFAT

As a matter of fact, the exFAT file format is acceptable in macOS 10.15 Catalina, Mojave and all older MacOS X. You actually can take advantage of this to manipulate your drive by converting an NTFS drive to exFAT format. To do so, follow the following steps:

  • Step 1. First off, use the Spotlight to search for Find Disk Utility and launch it.

  • Step 2. Then, select the drive you desire to convert and choose “Erase” tab in Disk Utility. By doing this, you will wipe out all the contents contained in the drive. Hence, be careful and make sure that your essential data is already stored in another location.

  • Step 3. Next up, in the drop down box, select “EXFAT” and click on “Erase”. Follow the instruction, and wait for a couple of minutes for the process to be done.

To conclude

I expect that my writing are going to be useful and hope you have a good time using your Mac.

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Bonjour.
Paragon NTFS ne s’installe pas actuellement sur Catalina, y a-t-il une version de test ?