How to Write NTFS Drive in macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13?

Posted by Juno to NTFS for Mac on September 29th, 2017

I just installed macOS High Sierra 10.13 on my Macbook Pro. After that, I connected my external hard drive to it but failed to edit files. The file system of my external hard drive is NTFS. A few searches on Google seem to indicate that NTFS drive doesn't work with High Sierra, but I really need that. Does anyone know how to write NTFS drives in macOS High Sierra?

NTFS is developed by Microsoft and mainly used on Windows operating system. Apple's macOS or Mac OS X offers very limited support for NTFS drives. By default, macOS High Sierra 10.13 natively enables NTFS read support, but disables NTFS write support. In other words, what you can do on Mac is only to view/read files on the NTFS drives. What if you want to copy, edit, delete or create files on NTFS drives? How to write NTFS drives in macOS High Sierra? Keep reading to find your best tool that helps write NTFS drives in Mojave 10.14/macOS High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Use free NTFS for macOS Mojave/High Sierra

Free and open-source NTFS for Mac utilities might be your first choice to write to NTFS drives on High Sierra 10.13. There are few free NTFS drivers in the market, here you still find out four four free ones: Mounty for Mac, NTFS-3G, FUSE for macOS and SL-NTFS.

However, free NTFS for Mac apps are not good as you think. Firstly, almost all of them don't support macOS High Sierra, so these free NTFS for Mac utilities are useless for you if you want to write to NTFS drives on macOS High Sierra/ Mojave. Besides, free NTFS for Mac utilities have slow speed when mounting NTFS drives and transferring files between NTFS drives and Mac. Thus, it's not recommended use free NTFS for Mac apps.

Use commercial NTFS for macOS Mojave/High Sierra (recommended)

Compared with free and open-source NTFS for Mac utilities, commercial NTFS for Mac apps offer high compatibility, better performance and technical support, etc. Below listed are two easy-to-use NTFS for macOS High Sierra apps which can read, write, mounting NTFS drives in macOS High Sierra:

1. NTFS Assistant - The Cheapest NTFS App in Mac App Store

NTFS Assistant is a tiny NTFS driver for macOS that enables NTFS drives write support on macOS Mojave/High Sierra. It is not only the cheapest NTFS app in App Store but also easy to use. Only 3 steps needed to read/write NTFS drives with 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.

Step 3: Launch NTFS Assistant and then connect NTFS drives to the Mac.

2. iBoysoft Drive Manager - Mount NTFS Drives, External Drives and Network Drives Efficiently

iBoysoft Drive Manager is a handy tool that enables users to mount, unmount, read and write NTFS drives, FAT32 drives and exFAT drives in macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Serra 10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

iBoysoft Drive Manager

Tutorial to read/write/mount a NTFS drive in macOS High Sierra with iBoysoft Drive Manager

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Drive Manager in macOS High Sierra.

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

NTFS for macOS High Sierra 10.13

Step 3: After getting notified that the NTFS drive has been mounted successfully, you can write NTFS drives, such as deleting files, copying files from Mac computer to NTFS drives, or editing files in NTFS drives.

Besides, with iBoysoft Drive Manager, you can also manage external drives and network drives easily, mount boot camp partitions in read and write mode. Through a single click on the menu bar, you can mount, unmount network drives and external drives, including external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, CF card, pen drive, etc. iBoysoft Drive Manager will automatically eject all external drives without unplugging when the system sleeps, and mount all drives without replugging when system wakes from sleep. So if you are bothered by the inconvenience of mounting, unmounting external drives and network drives and looking forward to getting rid of this problem, iBoysoft Drive Manager is certainly the best choice.

Write NTFS drive in macOS High Sierra 10.13 with command line

When searching in the Internet, you can find a method to write NTFS drives on macOS High Sierra 10.13: inputting some command lines on Mac Terminal, but actually, this method is not recommended.

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 the NTFS drive and attach it again.

The command line on Mac Terminal is quite complex for common users. You need to have a good knowledge of those command lines before using it, otherwise it's very possible that you will input the wrong command and cause unexpected harms to your Mac as well as data inside. Even you have inputted the right command line, it may fail to work or can't work stably.

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