I can't copy files from the MacBook into my external hard drive. In the "Get Info" section, it says read-only and the format is Windows NT Filesystem. However, the hard drive has just been bought recently. I had the same problem with our previous hard drive. What can I do in order to copy and paste files from the MacBook into the hard drive?
Just like the above example, there are times when we plug an external hard drive to Mac and find it is read-only. Under that condition, the read-only drive is very possible that has a NTFS file system. (We can go to the "Get Info" section to have a check).
By default, macOS can only read NTFS drive, but can't write to NTFS drive. Thus, we can neither copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13, nor do any other operation that need write access, like editing, pasting, deletion.
Copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13 with NTFS for Mac software
The easiest way that enables to write to read-only NTFS hard drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13 is find an NTFS for macOS Mojave or NTFS for macOS High Sierra 10.13 software. Here below are two professional NTFS for Mac software.
1. NTFS Assistant: the cheapest NTFS for Mac in App Store
NTFS Assistant has excellent quality and charges at low price, which is the best option for us to read and write to NTFS hard drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. With it, we can easily copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on Mac and save files from macOS to a NTFS drive, etc.
Guidance to download and use NTFS Assistant
Step 1: Download and install NTFS Assistant from App Store >>.
Step 2: Download and install NTFS Assistant Helper >> to enable NTFS read-write access.
After installing both NTFS Assistant and NTFS Assistant Helper, NTFS Assistant has the ability to copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on Mac.
2. iBoysoft Drive Manager: NTFS hard drive, external drive & network drive mounter
iBoysoft Drive Manager is a handy Mac tool that can help us copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on macOS High Sierra 10.13, write to read-only NTFS hard drive on macOS High Sierra 10.13.
Aside from writing to read-only NTFS hard drive on Mac, iBoysoft Drive Manager is also a wonderful tool to manage external drives and network drives. It offers a menu bar from which we can mount, unmount and remount network drives and external drives with a single click. It automatically records the information of network drive at the first time we connect it to Mac, so network drive only need to be set up once and later can be directly mounted without bothering to input information again and again.
Tutorial to copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on macOS High Sierra 10.13 with iBoysoft Drive Manager
Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Drive Manager on Mac.
Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Drive Manager and connect NTFS drive to Mac.
Step 3: Copy files to read-only NTFS drive after getting notified that the NTFS drive is mounted successfully.
Still have questions?