[Solved]Read/write NTFS external hard drive in Mac

Can't write to your NTFS external drives on Mac computer? This guide will teach you how to enable NTFS write support on your NTFS external hard drive on Mac.

Posted by Katrina to NTFS for Mac on January 16th, 2018

Whether you're running out of space on your laptop hard drive, or you want to back up your photos and videos, external hard drive is the first portable storage coming into your mind. External hard drive is useful only when it can be read and written on computer.

However, a user with both macOS and PC would find that macOS doesn't allow us to write to NTFS external hard drive on Mac. That means neither can we save files from macOS to the NTFS external hard drive, back up files inside the NTFS external hard drive, nor copy files to the read-only external hard drive. This passage will introduce you two NTFS for Mac software to read/write NTFS external hard drive.

How to read/write NTFS external hard drive in Mac

To fix read-only external hard drive on Mac, the easiest method is to install a professional NTFS driver for Mac. NTFS Assistant and iBoysoft Drive Manager are your best choice.

Method 1: Write to NTFS external hard drive on Mac with NTFS Assistant

NTFS Assistant is the cheapest NTFS for Mac external hard drive utility in App store that can mount NTFS drive with read-write mode. It is not only sales at a very low price, but also has fast speed when transferring files between macOS and NTFS drive. NTFS Assistant can write to WD external hard drive, write to Seagate external hard drive, and any other brands like Toshiba, Silicon Power, DELL, Hitachi, Samsung, FANTOM, LaCie, ADATA, Hewlett-Packard, etc. It is fully compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14, macOS 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 the external hard drive to Mac.

Method 2: Mount NTFS external hard drive with iBoysoft Drive Manager

iBoysoft Drive Manager is a professional NTFS mounter for Mac that can not only read and write to NTFS drive, but also mount and unmount 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.

Best NTFS for Mac - iBoysoft Drive Manager

  • Read and write NTFS on Mac
  • Mount and unmount external drives
  • Map network drives as local drives
  • Safely eject external drives on Sleep mode
  • Manage multiple drives with one-click
  • Support macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7

Aside from writing to NTFS external hard drive on Mac, iBoysoft Drive Manager is also a handy tool to manage network drives and external drives. It offers a menu bar from which we can easily mount, unmount and remount network drives and external drives. With it, network drives only need to be set up once and later can automatically be mounted when it is needed.

NTFS for Mac external hard drive software: iBoysoft Drive Manager

Tutorial to write to NTFS external hard drive on Mac with iBoysoft Drive Manager

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

Step 2: Connect the NTFS external hard drive to Mac.

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

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