Free download NTFS for macOS High Sierra to write NTFS drive on Mac

Posted by Juno to NTFS for Mac on August 16th, 2017

Free download the best NTFS for macOS High Sierra/Mojave to read/write NTFS drives on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/Sierra 10.12/10.11.

Many of you have encountered the problem: when you connect an external hard drive or USB drive which is formatted with NTFS to Mac, you fail to copy, edit or delete files on that drive. Why this happens and how to perform write operations on NTFS external drives on macOS High Sierra? After reading this article, you will find it is a piece of cake. This post will introduce you some easy-to-use NTFS for Mac apps.

Free NTFS for macOS High Sierra

You can apply some free and open-source NTFS for Mac utilities to access your NTFS drives, such as Mounty for Mac, NTFS-3G, FUSE for macOS and SL-NTFS.

But unfortunately, all of them are not compatible with macOS High Sierra 10.13. Besides, compared with commercial NTFS for Mac drivers, these four free ones mount NTFS drives slow, especially when you transfer files between the Mac computer and NTFS drives. More importantly, free NTFS drives don't have technical support. If you have any problem when using them, you have no one to talk with. So it's not recommended to use free NTFS drive.

Commercial NTFS for macOS High Sierra (recommended)

It's highly recommended to use commercial NTFS drivers. Compared with free ones, commercial NTFS drivers offer high compatibility, better performance and control over the files stored in the NTFS drive. Here are two NTFS drivers for macOS High Sierra:

1. NTFS Assistant - the cheapest NTFS for macOS High Sierra app

To write NTFS drive on macOS High Sierra 10.13, the easiest way is to find a NTFS for macOS High Sierra 10.13 application. NTFS Assistant is a NTFS driver for macOS that can enable to write NTFS drives on Mac. Only 3 steps needed to enable read-write access to NTFS drive 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 drive to the Mac.

2. iBoysoft Drive Manager - mount NTFS drives, external drives and network drives

iBoysoft Drive Manager is an easy-to-use software that enables you to mount, read, write and manage NTFS drives, FAT32 drives and exFAT drives on macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

iBoysoft Drive Manager

With iBoysoft Drive Manager, you can also manage external drives and network drives with ease. Only a single click on the menu bar, you 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.

NTFS for macOS High Sierra 10.13: iBoysoft Drive Manager

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 your 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.

Read more: Why can't you write NTFS drive on macOS High Sierra?

To know why you can't write NTFS drive on Mac, you need to have some background information 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. While 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, 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.

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