macOS high Sierra (and previous versions) supports NTFS in core. This post guides you through steps (with pictures) to enable writing NTFS in macOS high Sierra. This trick also works in other macOS version.
Every time connecting a new NTFS disk to your MAC, do following 3 steps to write on it without 3rd party software:
- Get the Label of NTFS disk
- Enable NTFS writing for disk by Terminal
- Reconnect, Find disk and use
Get the Label of NTFS disk
Connect the NTFS disk to your Mac, by default, it will be appeared in the Desktop and in left panel of Finder windows (see following image)
Remember or write down the Label of the dist (In this case, the label of NTFS disk is ‘Elements’)
Enable NTFS writing for disk by Terminal
After getting the name of NTFS disk, open Terminal to enable NTFS writing on it. In Terminal windows, type and run this command:
sudo nano /etc/fstab
This command need admin password, enter the password and run int (See following image).
Nano editor will be loaded and open fstab file to edit. Enter following command to the end of fstab file:
LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
Where NAME is the label of NTFS disk which you got from previous step.
If the name has a space, use code: \040 to replace space. For instance, if the label is “USB DISK”, the Name to enter in fstab file will be: “USB\040DISK”. In my case the command will be:
LABEL=Elements none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
Press: Control + O and then Enter to save fstab file (it will let you know how many line in fstab file was saved)
Press: Control + X to exit nano editor.
Reconnect, Find disk and Use
Now you eject NTFS disk by right click on it and select “Eject…”
Take it off and plug it again, you can’t see the disk in desktop or devices list in Finder windows as usual. Now the disk is mounted in /Volumes folder. You can open /Volumes folder by using Go to Folder dialog box from menu Go in Finder.
The NTFS is here and you can fully writing on it. Try to create a New Folder in the disk to test writing function.
If you only use some NTFS disks with your MAC, repeat these steps some time to support all disks. However when you have to work with new NTFS disk or you rename your disk, you have to repeat all these steps. It is painful. In summary:
- Don’t need any software
- Do manually
- Difficult to remember all steps and command
- Repeat every time connecting a new NTFS disk
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