Unlike Windows, Mac OS X does not enable read/write to NTFS Partitions (USB or external HDD under NTFS format) by default. If you are so expert in Linux, you can do it easy through command line. For the rest, I would introduce the top three best free NTFS applications (softwares) to read and write to NTFS drivers.
Here below are the top best FREE NTFS solutions on Mac.
NTFS-3G was first introduced by one of the senior Linux NTFS developers, Szabolcs Szakacsits who then became the founder of a big company, Tuxera Inc, with a very famous paid NTFS software named Tuxera NTFS. NTFS-3G is an Open source and now is included many of Linux distributions such as Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE and Ubuntu use NTFS-3G as the default NTFS driver.
How to download and install NTFS-3G?
Installing NTFS-3G will bring NTFS read/write support to Mac OS X including El Capitan. However, the installation is quite complicated. You might want to take a look on Instruction to download and install ntfs-3g, a free NTFS Driver for Mac, through Terminal in Mac OS X
2. Mounty for NTFS
According to Enjoygineering.com,, Mounty for NTFS is a tiny tool to re-mount write-protected NTFS volumes under Mac OS X 10.9+ in read-write mode.
Mounty for NTFS 1.2 is downloadable here.
After installing, Mounty for NTFS will locate in the menu bar. It will notify you if if there is any volume connected to the computer which is NTFS formatted and ready to re-mount in read-write mode.
More than FREE, it should work perfect for your needs: read/write NTFS disks.
SL-NTFS makes mac users able to enable writing on NTFS partition via Apple driver. After installing SL-NTFS, users are notified once a NTFS disk (USB or External HDD) is mounted and asked to enable writing to NTFS function if it is not set automatically.
How to download in install?
SL-NTFS can be downloaded from many online sources. Macupdate is an example.
This Free NTFS software is very simply and quick to install. It works perfectly on OS X 10.8, 10.7 or older. It still works well on Mac OS X 10.9 Yosemite for reading only.
The weakness of Free NTFS softwares
- It is quite complicated to install
- The read/write speed to NTFS partition is not optimized and similar to native HFS+ as the commercial NTFS softwares do.
- Limited to accessing to big number of files and large volume of Data
- Does not support completely all Hard driver Brands
- Unable to create, verify and repair NTFS partitions
- Do not optimize the operations on SSDs.
At for paid NTFS software we would suggest Paragon NTFS 15 should be best NTFS driver for Mac due to it’s functionality and reasonable price (Paragon even offers 30 day money-back to guarantee their product’s quality).