How to mount NTFS drive on Mac with command line?

Posted by Katrina to NTFS for Mac on November 10th, 2017

Have you ever met with trouble mounting an NTFS formatted drive on your Mac? If you own a Mac, you will know that it doesn't support drives formatted as NTFS (NTFS stands for New Technology File System and is a proprietary file system format for Microsoft Windows) natively. That means while you can mount and read a NTFS partition, you won't be able to write and share files to the Windows partition. It's not just an issue for those switching from Windows machines to Mac, but also for Bootcamp users and others who want to connect the odd drive from their Windows-using friends or colleagues. Fortunately, Mac does come with the capability to write to NTFS. All you need to do is to activate the feature by using command line.

Solution 1: Mount NTFS drive on Mac with command line

We can mount NTFS drive on Mac by inputting some command lines at Mac Terminal to change the default setting. But the command line is fairly technical that it's the best choice for the advanced users who understand the process and possible aftermath. For command users, the command line can be a scary place for it's possible to input wrong command which will result in unexpected damage to our Mac and data inside. Besides, using command line to mount NTFS drive on Mac is not officially supported and thoroughly tested by Apple which might cause occasional instability to your Mac. Therefore, such an experimental feature may be best as a last resort and should not be used with important data on the NTFS drive without having adequate backups of those files.

In this case, it might be easier to use a professional tool which can automatically mount NTFS drive on Mac. iBoysoft Drive Manager is highly recommended here.

Solution 2: Mount NTFS drive with iBoysoft Drive Manager

iBoysoft Drive Manager is a reliable NTFS for Mac to enable NTFS external hard drive read and write support that is fully compatible with macOS High Sierra 10.13/10.12 sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. With iBoysoft Drive Manager, we can easily mount/unmount NTFS drive, access, create, edit or delete files on NTFS drive as a local drive with read-write mode on Mac.

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Aside from what mentioned above, iBoysoft Drive Manger can mount/unmount external drive fast and intuitively from the menu bar. It is also a wonderful manager for external drives and network drives. With it, we only need to set the network drive once and later directly mount it when needed. Simply click from the menu bar, we can mount, unmount network drives & external drives (including external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, CF card, pen drive, etc.).

Mount NTFS drive on Mac with iBoysoft Drive Manager

So iBoysoft Drive Manager is certainly the best choice if we not only need to mount NTFS drive in macOS High Sierra 10.13, but also want to have better experience when using external drive and network drive on Mac.

Step-by-step tutorial to mount NTFS drive on Mac

Step 1: Free download and install iBoysoft Drive Manager on Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Drive Manager and connect our NTFS drive to Mac.

Step 3: Write NTFS drive after getting notified that the NTFS drive has been mounted successfully.

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