Tuxera NTFS for Mac vs NTFS-3G vs Paragon NTFS for Mac

Posted by Katrina to NTFS for Mac on December 19th, 2017

NTFS-formatted hard drives are read-only when plugged into a Mac. To write to NTFS formatted drive, the easiest way is to install a NTFS for Mac software. Among them, Tuxera NTFS for Mac, NTFS-3G and Paragon NTFS for Mac are widely used by Mac users. But which one is your best choice? Here we compare Tuxera NTFS for Mac, NTFS-3G and Paragon NTFS for Mac, guiding you to make a better choice.

Tuxera NTFS for Mac vs NTFS-3G vs Paragon NTFS for Mac

Here is the comparison between NTFS-3G and Tuxera NTFS for Mac from 3 aspects:

1. Cost: Tuxera NTFS for Mac is the most expensive, charging US$31. Paragon NTFS for Mac sales for US$19.95, while NTFS-3G is free.

2. Software stability: Developed from NTFS-3G, Tuxera NTFS for Mac performs much better than NTFS-3G. From the user feedback of Tuxera NTFS for Mac, "Tuxera NTFS could not mount" error occurs commonly. But Paragon NTFS for Mac performs stably.

3. Compatibility: Both Tuxera NTFS for Mac and Paragon NTFS for Mac is fully support macOS Mojave 10.14/10.13/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. But NTFS-3G only supports macOS 10.12 and previous macOS but can't support the newest macOS High Sierra 10.13.

4. Tech support: NTFS-3G is a freeware and doesn't have any technical support. While Tuxera NTFS for Mac and Paragon NTFS for Mac is a paid software. So when we get into problems using Tuxera NTFS for Mac and Paragon NTFS for Mac, we can get timely technical support.

To conclude, Paragon NTFS for Mac is better than Tuxera NTFS for Mac and NTFS-3G for it has the best software stability and reasonable price. But is Paragon NTFS for Mac is really your best choice? Not exactly, Paragon NTFS for Mac is still so expensive because it will cost much on major upgrades (like from version 14 to version 15) after buying lifetime license.

Paragon NTFS for Mac alternative

Since Paragon NTFS for Mac costs too much, we'd like to recommend you two cost-efficient Paragon NTFS for Mac alternatives: the cheaper one - NTFS Assistant and the free one - iBoysoft Drive Manager.

1. NTFS Assistant: a cheaper Paragon NTFS for Mac alternative

NTFS Assistant is a professional NTFS driver for Mac that is design to read and write to NTFS drive on macOS High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. NTFS Assistant not only has lower price than similar software but also works fast when transferring files.

Tutorial 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 NTFS drive to Mac.

2. iBoysoft Drive Manager: Mount external drive & network drive for free

iBoysoft Drive Manager gives you full read and write capabilities on NTFS external drives, which allows us to read, write, delete, add and rename folders and files of NTFS drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

iBoysoft Drive Manager

Besides, iBoysoft Drive Manager can also help to mount and unmount various external drives (including external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, CF card and pen drive). Network drives can be also managed with iBoysoft Drive Manager. It enables us to give each external drive/network drive a new drive letter, which makes it possible for us to easily manage specific external drive/network drive. Only a simple click from the menu bar, we can mount, unmount and remount network drives & external drives. Very easy to use.

Mount external drive and network drive with iBoysoft Drive Manager

Instruction to mount NTFS drive on Mac with iBoysoft Drive Manager

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

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

Step 3: Write to NTFS drive after getting notification that the NTFS drive has been mounted successfully.

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