How to enable write to NTFS external hard drive in macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13?

Posted by Katrina to NTFS for Mac on October 20th, 2017

As the newest version of Apple operating system, macOS Mojave 10.14 provides many useful features. But it still cannot avoid compatibility issue. It's well-known that macOS can only read but can't write to NTFS formatted drives on Mac. Since it is needed to enable write support on NTFS external hard drive in macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13, this passage offers us two useful solutions to fix it.

Solution 1: write to NTFS external hard drive in macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra with command line

Notice: Writing to NTFS external hard drive with command line is not as easy as we think. It is very possible to input wrong command, which will result in unexpected damage to our Mac and data inside. So use it with caution.

Step 1: Go to the Applications > Utilities folder and launch the Terminal program.

Step 2: Input "sudo nano /etc/fstab" to edit the fstab file (supply your password when prompted).

Step 3: Type "LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse" in the editor window for the fstab file. (Be sure to change the word NAME to the name of your drive)

Step 4: Press "Control+O" to save the file, followed by "Control+X" to exit.

Step 5: Unmount our NTFS drive and attach it again.

Solution 2: Mount NTFS external hard drive in macOS with professional NTFS driver

If think the above solution is so complex, installing a professional NTFS driver might be an easier way. The following are two reliable NTFS drivers for macOS.

1. NTFS Assistant: the cheapest NTFS for Mac in App Store

As the cheapest NTFS for Mac utility in App Store, NTFS Assistant offers us an easy way to write to NTFS drive on Mac. With NTFS Assistant, we are able to view, copy, delete and rename folders and files of the NTFS external hard drive on Mac. This NTFS for Mac is compatible with almost all macOS versions ranging from macOS 10.13 High Sierra/Mojave 10.14/macOS 10.12 (Sierra)/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Step-by-step tutorial to use NTFS Assistant

Step 1: Download and install NTFS Assistant from App Store >>.

Step 2: Download and install NTFS Assistant Helper >>.

Step 3: Launch NTFS Assistant and connect NTFS drive to Mac.

iBoysoft Drive Manager: mount NTFS external hard drive, external drive and network drive

With a simple user interface, iBoysoft Drive Manager can not only allow Mac users to easily enable NTFS external hard drive read/write support but also mount exFAT & FAT32 external hard drives with ease.

iBoysoft Drive Manager is also a good manager for network drive that helps you to eject/remount the network drives with only one click. It's fully compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14/10.13 (High Sierra)/10.12 (Sierra)/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

iBoysoft Drive Manager

Guidance to write NTFS external drive 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.

Enable write to NTFS external hard drive in macOS

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

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