How to save files from macOS to an NTFS drive?

Posted by Katrina to NTFS for Mac on January 15th, 2018

After editing documents on Mac (macOS High Sierra 10.13), I wanted to transfer these files from macOS to a NTFS formatted drive. But when I saved files to the NTFS drive, no changes happened to the drive or any error message popped out. I had no idea what happened. Is it possible to save files from macOS to a NTFS drive?

Do you have trouble using NTFS drive on macOS? Are you unable to save files from macOS to a NTFS drive? Actually, it's a common issue for those switching from Windows machines to macOS. Because macOS only supports the option to read from NTFS drive, but has not support writing to NTFS drive. This passage will explain why macOS cannot write to NTFS drive and inform you solutions to save files from macOS to an NTFS drive.

Solution 1: Format NTFS drive to FAT32

FAT32 is such an old file system that it is compatible with all operating systems, including Mac, Windows and Linux. But it so annoying that FAT32 has limitation on file size and partition size - 4 GB maximum file size, 2 TB maximum partition size.

Solution 2: Format NTFS drive to exFAT

Unlike FAT32, exFAT doesn't limit the file size or partition size. However, it isn't compatible with older operating system. If we are using macOS 10.6.5 or newer, and Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7 or newer, formatting NTFS drive to exFAT is a great idea.

Solution 3: Install professional NTFS for Mac software

Using a professional NTFS for Mac utility is the easiest way to save files from macOS to an NTFS drive. Here we list two top NTFS for Mac apps to write to NTFS drive on macOS High Sierra 10.13.

1. NTFS Assistant - the cheapest NTFS for Mac utility in App Store

NTFS Assistant is the cheapest NTFS for Mac utility in App store, which can easily enable NTFS read and write support. It not only sales at a very low price, but also has fast speed when transferring files between macOS and NTFS drive. It allows us to edit documents, rename folders, copy files to a NTFS drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

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 >>.

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

2. iBoysoft Drive Manager - Mount NTFS drive, external drive and network drive

iBoysoft Drive Manager is a professional NTFS driver for macOS that can read and write to NTFS drives, FAT32 drives, exFAT drives on macOS Mojave 10.14/macOS High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

iBoysoft Drive Manager

What's more, with this powerful software, we can manage external drives and network drives with ease. Simply clicking from the menu bar, we can mount, unmount network drives & external drives (including external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, CF card, pen drive).

Save files from macOS to a NTFS drive with iBoysoft Drive Manager

Tutorial to save files from macOS to a NTFS drive with iBoysoft Drive Manager

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

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

Step 3: After getting notification that the NTFS drive has been successfully mounted, we can save files from macOS to the NTFS drive.

Why macOS cannot write to NTFS drive?

Different operating system uses different file system that stores files in a variety of ways. Therefore, as NTFS is the default file system of Windows, macOS is partially compatible with NTFS drive. That means a NTFS drive is read-only on macOS. We can only view files on it, but can't save or copy files from macOS to NTFS drive.

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