Many of us have encountered the problem: when we connect an external hard drive or USB drive which is formatted to NTFS to Mac, we fail to copy, edit or delete files on that drive. Why this happens?
To know why we can't write to NTFS drives on Mac, we need to have some background information about NTFS and macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
NTFS is a file system developed by Microsoft and is mainly used on internal hard drives of Windows computers. Drives that have a NTFS file system are called NTFS drive.
macOS 10.13 High Sierra, as its name suggested, is an operating system developed by Apple Inc. and is used on Mac. On macOS 10.13 High Sierra, the default file system is APFS.
For information security or some other reasons, Mac OS X enables NTFS read support, but disables NTFS write support. Even as the latest Mac Operating System, macOS 10.13 High Sierra can't be exempted. Due to the difference between NTFS and APFS, macOS 10.13 High Sierra can't mount NTFS drive with read-write mode. Unfortunately, that brings much inconvenience to users who use drives between Windows computer and Mac as well as users who need to write to NTFS drive on Mac sometimes.
When searching on the Internet, we can find a method that enables write to NTFS drives on macOS 10.13 High Sierra: inputting some command lines on Mac Terminal. But actually, this method is not recommended.
The command line on Mac Terminal is quite complex for common users. We need to have a good knowledge of those command lines before using it, otherwise it's very possible that we will input the wrong command and cause unexpected harms to our Mac as well as data inside. Even we have inputted the right command line, it may fail to work or can't work stably.
To write to NTFS drives on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, the easiest way is to find a NTFS for macOS 10.13 High Sierra application. iBoysoft Drive Manager is an easy-to-use software that enables us to mount, read, write and manage NTFS drives, FAT32 drives and exFAT drives on macOS 10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.
With iBoysoft Drive Manager, we can also manage external drives and network drives with ease. Only a single click on the menu bar, we can mount, unmount and eject external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, CF card, pen drive, etc. When the system sleeps, this software will automatically eject all external drives without unplugging. And when system wakes from sleep, it will mount all drives without replugging.
Step-by-step instruction to mount NTFS drive on Mac with read-write mode with iBoysoft Drive Manager
For NTFS for macOS 10.12, please refer to NTFS for macOS 10.12 Sierra to read/write to NTFS drive on Mac.
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