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 activities, you can get it to work.

If you ever wish to reverse the entire process, 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 from the system and remove it completely from 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 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 Recoverit. 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 Recoverit on you Mac and follow the next simple steps to perform Mac hard drive data recovery.

Step 1 To recover lost data from your NTFS hard drive on Mac, select the scenario of "External Devices Recovery".

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Step 2 Select you Mac hard drive where your data gets lost and click "Start" to have a quick scan on your NTFS drive.

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Step 3 The quick scan will require a little time to finish searching lost files. After it, if you still find nothing desired, please fall back on "All-Around Recovery" mode for more files. And longer time is needed.

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Step 4 After scanning, you can preview the recoverable files, select the desired ones and click on "Recover" to get them back.

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A Mac can read NTFS files but cannot write on them. This can be changed by 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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