How to enable write to NTFS external hard drive in macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13?

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

It's well-known that macOS can only read but can't write to NTFS formatted drives on Mac. All connected NTFS-formatted external disks will become read-only. Seagate and WD My Passport read-only problem is frequently heard. Since it is needed to enable write support on NTFS external hard drive in macOS Catalina 10.15/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 Catalina/Mojave/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 is an NTFS drivers for macOS.

iBoysoft NTFS for Mac: mount, read, write, eject, repair and erase NTFS drives

With a simple user interface, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac 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 NTFS for Mac is comprehensive NTFS for Mac solution. It also can repair minor NTFS file system error and erase NTFS volumes for a fresh start. Besides, it can reformat other file systems to NTFS. It's fully compatible with macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12 and Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11/Yosemite 10.10/Mavericks 10.9/Mountain Lion 10.8.

Guidance to write NTFS external drive with iBoysoft NTFS for Mac

Step 1: Download, install and launch iBoysoft NTFS for Mac on your Mac.

iBoysoft NTFS for Mac

Step 2: Connect the NTFS-formatted WD My Passport drive to Mac.

Step 3: Write to NTFS-formatted WD My Passport drive after the drive has been mounted successfully.

Write to NTFS-formatted WD My Passport with iBoysoft NTFS for Mac

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