How to manually enable NTFS read and write in macOS High Sierra 10.13?

Posted by Katrina to NTFS for Mac on October 25th, 2017

As a user between Apple and Windows, you may have an NTFS formatted external hard drive that you would like to use with your Mac. However, in view of copyright issue and information security of customer, Apple still remains the read support but doesn't officially enable NTFS write support by default.

Luckily, NTFS write access is available, which can be manually switched on in terminal by editing the system's hidden fstab file. But this is not easy to do. You can try your luck to manually enable NTFS read and write in macOS High Sierra 10.13 if you like. But you have to keep in mind that there are a lot of drawbacks to do that.

The drawbacks of manually enabling NTFS read and write in macOS High Sierra 10.13

1. NTFS driver has not been thoroughly tested, which causes occasional instability.

2. There may be some limitations or unknown behaviors with the driver, so use it with caution.

3. You can only enable it on a per-drive basis. If you manage multiple drives, a professional NTFS drivers for Mac are required.

Therefore, using NTFS for Mac app might be a better solution to enable NTFS write support rather than enabling NTFS read and write support natively for macOS.

While so many NTFS driver for Mac in the market to choose from, which is the best? This article will show you top best free NTFS Apps for macOS High Sierra 10.13. Try these and you will not be disappointed.

NTFS Assistant - the cheapest NTFS driver in App Store

NTFS Assistant is a reliable NTFS for Mac to enable NTFS read and write support that is fully compatible with macOS High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. With NTFS Assistant, you can easily mount NTFS drive, access, create, edit or copy files from to a NTFS drive on Mac.

Step-by-step tutorial to write to NTFS drive on macOS High Sierra 10.13 with 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 Free: mount external drive and network drive

iBoysoft Drive Manager Free is a professional and easy-to-use Mac tool that allows us to read and write to NTFS drives, FAT32 drives, exFAT drives.

iBoysoft Drive Manager Free

What's more, iBoysoft Drive Manager Free can also mount, unmount, or eject external drives and network drives, including (including external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, CF card, pen drive). With only one click, you can manage multiple external drives and network drives with ease.

It's fully compatible with macOS High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Guidance to enable NTFS drive write support with iBoysoft Drive Manager Free

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Drive Manager Free on Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Drive Manager Free and connect NTFS drive to Mac.

Enable NTFS read and write in macOS with iBoysoft Drive Manager

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

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