Many of us have encountered the problem: when we connect an external hard drive or USB drive which is formatted with NTFS to Mac, we fail to copy, edit or delete files on that drive. Why this happens?
To know why we can't write NTFS drive on Mac, we need to have some background information about NTFS and macOS High Sierra 10.13.
About NTFS and macOS High Sierra 10.13
NTFS is a file system developed by Microsoft and is mainly used on internal hard drives of Windows computers. Drives that have a NTFS file system are called NTFS drive.
macOS High Sierra 10.13, as its name suggested, is an operating system developed by Apple Inc. and used on Mac. On macOS High Sierra 10.13, the default file system is APFS.
For information security or some other reasons, Mac OS X enables NTFS read support, but disables NTFS write support. Even as the latest Mac Operating System, macOS High Sierra 10.13 can't be exempted. Due to the difference between NTFS and APFS, macOS High Sierra 10.13 can't mount NTFS drive with read-write mode. Unfortunately, that brings much inconvenience to users who use drives between Windows computer and Mac as well as users who need to write NTFS drive on Mac sometimes.
Solution 1: using Mac Terminal to write NTFS drive in macOS High Sierra 10.13 - not recommended
When searching in the Internet, we can find a method to write NTFS drive on macOS High Sierra 10.13: inputting some command lines on Mac Terminal, but actually, this method is not recommended.
The command line on Mac Terminal is quite complex for common users. We need to have a good knowledge of those command lines before using it, otherwise it's very possible that we will input the wrong command and cause unexpected harms to our Mac as well as data inside. Even we have inputted the right command line, it may fail to work or can't work stably.
Solution 2: Write NTFS drive on macOS High Sierra 10.13 with iBoysoft Drive Manager
iBoysoft Drive Manager is an easy-to-use software that enables us to mount, read, write and manage NTFS drives, FAT32 drives and exFAT drives on macOS 10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.
With iBoysoft Drive Manager, we can also manage external drives and network drives with ease. Only a single click on the menu bar, we can mount, unmount and eject external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, CF card, pen drive, etc. When the system sleeps, this software will automatically eject all external drives without unplugging. And when system wakes from sleep, it will mount all drives without replugging.
So compared with NTFS Assistant, iBoysoft Drive Manager is more suitable for users who not only need to read/write to NTFS drives on Mac, but also are looking forward to managing external drives and network drives in a more convenient way.
Step-by-step instruction to mount NTFS drive on Mac with read-write mode with iBoysoft Drive Manager
Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Drive Manager on our Mac.
Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Drive Manager and connect the NTFS drive to Mac.
Step 3: Write NTFS drive after getting notified that the NTFS drive is mounted successfully.
For NTFS for macOS 10.12, please refer to NTFS for macOS 10.12 Sierra to read/write NTFS drive on Mac.
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