How to mount external Windows NTFS volume on Mac?

Posted by Katrina to NTFS for Mac on February 27th, 2018

The file system compatibility issue between Mac and PC is always the main problem that needs to be fixed. It's well-known that Windows relies on NTFS, while macOS uses HFS Plus. By default, macOS can only read from Windows NTFS Volume but can't write to the volume. Thus, when we try to move a file from Mac to Windows NTFS volume, here is a real hassle.

Since mounting external Windows NTFS volume on Mac is frequently needed, in this post, we will learn how to solve this problem in two ways.

Solution 1: Mount NTFS drive on Mac with command line

Notice: Using command line to mount NTFS drive on Mac is not officially supported and thoroughly tested by Apple, which might cause occasional instability to your Mac. And for command users, it's easy to input wrong command which will result in unexpected damage to our Mac and data inside. So use it with caution.

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 our NTFS drive and attach it again.

Solution 2: Install professional NTFS driver to mount external Windows NTFS volume on Mac

Thinking the above solution is too complicated? Here are two professional NTFS for Mac software: iBoysoft Drive Manager and NTFS Assistant. Both of them can help us read and write to NTFS drive with ease.

1. NTFS Assistant – the cheapest NTFS for Mac utility in App Store

NTFS Assistant offers us not only the cheapest price in App Store, but also the fast speed when transferring bulky files. It enables read/write to NTFS external hard drive on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 Sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. With NTFS Assistant, we can easily copy files to external Windows NTFS volume, save files from macOS to the NTFS external hard drive, rename a file, edit a document, etc.

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 >> to enable NTFS read-write access.

After installing both NTFS Assistant and NTFS Assistant Helper, NTFS Assistant has the ability to read/write NTFS Windows external volume on Mac.

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

iBoysoft Drive Manager is a professional NTFS mounter for Mac that can easily and effectively write to NTFS external hard drive on Mac. It can not only mount and unmount external NTFS Windows volume, but also mount FAT32 and exFAT drive. It supports macOS High Sierra 10.13/Mojave 10.14/10.12 Sierra/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

iBoysoft Drive Manager

Aside from above, iBoysoft Drive Manager can also be a wonderful manager for network drives and external drives. It offers a menu bar from which we can easily mount and unmount network drive and external drives, including external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, CF card and pen drive.

Mount external Windows NTFS volume on Mac with iBoysoft Drive Manager

With three simple steps to mount external Windows NTFS volume on Mac with iBoysoft Drive Manager

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

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Drive Manager and insert the external Windows NTFS volume on Mac.

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

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