How to Enable NTFS Read-Write Support in macOS Big Sur?

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By Vivian | Posted to Home > NTFS for Mac Tips, updated on March 22nd, 2021 User rating:

Apple has released the latest Mac operating system - macOS Big Sur. Although this new operating system has optimized some features, it still hasn't addressed NTFS write support on macOS Big Sur.

Why? Because the NTFS is the file system that right to Microsoft. Apple has no permission to fully support NTFS on macOS. So, you have to take some measures to make the NTFS drives read-write support on macOS Big Sur.

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In this post, you can get three methods for making NTFS drives read-write to macOS Big Sur.

  • 1. Use NTFS for Mac software
  • 2. Enable NTFS write support via Terminal
  • 3. Reformat NTFS drive to exFAT/FAT32

How to read & write NTFS drives in macOS Big Sur

1.Use NTFS for Mac software

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NTFS for Mac, like iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, Paragon NTFS for Mac, or Tuxera NTFS for Mac, is a third-party file system driver that enables writing to NTFS-formatted drives on Mac. But only iBoysoft NTFS for Mac has been proven to have the highest performance.

With iBoyosft NTFS for Mac, you don't need to erase your NTFS drives anymore in case you want to use them on Windows later.

Up to now, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac can mount NTFS drives in read-write mode in macOS Big Sur. It makes NTFS write support the same as a native feature in the Mac operating system. Why not download for a free trial?

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With this utility, users won't have any problems with transferring files between Macs and PCs using an NTFS drive.

iBoysoft NTFS for Mac enables users to edit, delete, copy and move files on NTFS drives on a Mac easily without reformatting your NTFS drives into another file system. Making NTFS drive writable on a Mac mini/MacBook Pro/MacBook Air/iMac will be a piece of cake with it.

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Here is how to write to NTFS drive in macOS Big Sur with iBoysoft NTFS for Mac:

  • Step 1: Download, install and launch iBoysoft NTFS for Mac.
  • Step 2: Restart your Mac, and then connect an NTFS drive to Mac.
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  • Step 3: After the NTFS drive has been successfully mounted, you can open it and write to the NTFS drive as you normally do on a Windows computer.
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2. Enable NTFS write support in macOS Big Sur using Terminal

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Technically speaking, Apple actually allows you to write to an NTFS drive, but it is just an experimental feature that is disabled by default for its instability.

And there is no auto-mount optionbut to add a different command line for each NTFS volume. It is troublesome if you want to write to multiple NTFS drives.

Warning: You should not use this experimental way for a long-term plan because it may corrupt your disk and cause permanent data loss.

You can enable Apple's Experimental NTFS-Writing Support by following these steps:

  • Step 1: Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  • Step 2: Type the command line below into the Terminal window and press Return to open the /etc/fstab file for editing nano text editor.
  • sudo nano /etc/fstab
  • Step 3: Enter the following command line, which will enable NTFS write support. Be sure to substitute NAME with your disk name without any space.
  • LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
  • Step 4: Press Ctrl + O to save the file after you are done and press Return, then press Ctrl + X to close nano.
  • Step 5: Restart your Mac and connect the NTFS drives into a Mac. If they are connected, re-plug them into the Mac.

You will notice the drive is no longer visible in Finder, but it's okay, because the drive is now mounted as a readable and writeable volume. To access the mounted NTFS drive, you need to press "Command + Shift + G" and type in /Volumes to open this volume.

Note: If you want to undo the change, follow step 1 and step 2. Then delete the line "LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse" and save your change, and then restart your Mac.

Once again, Apple NTFS write support via Terminal is least tested and full of risks. Don't do it unless you have to.

3. Reformat NTFS drive to exFAT/FAT32

If granting full read-write access to your NTFS drive on Mac takes too much energy, you may want to reformat the NTFS drive into another file system - A file system that is fully compatible with macOS and Windows.

Specifically, MS-DOS (FAT) and exFAT are most recommended.

Warning: Reformat will erase all data on your NTFS drive and cause data loss if you don't have backups.

Follow the guide to reformat the NTFS drive on Mac:

  • Step 1: Back up files on the NTFS drive first.
  • Step 2: Go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility.
  • Step 3: Select the NTFS drive from the sidebar.
  • Step 4: Click Erase.
  • Step 5: Type in Name and choose exFAT or FAT32 file system.
  • Step 6: Click the Erase.

Note: If you want your NTFS drive to be compatible with both macOS and Windows, you can format it into FAT32/exFAT. If you use the NTFS drive only on Mac, you can choose to format it into APFS/ APFS (Encrypted)/APFS (Case-sensitive)/ APFS (Case-sensitive, Encrypted).

How to format NTFS drives on Mac?


It is really a pain on the neck if you can't transfer files from an NTFS drive to macOS Big Sur. It is also frustrating that you can't write to your newly-bought drives because you were not aware that they were NTFS formatted.

This post pulls you out of the frustration about how to write to an NTFS drive with or without a third-party utility on a Mac. Most importantly, users can expect Mac to write to NTFS drives with the assistance of iBoysoft NTFS for Mac even in macOS Big Sur.

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The Terminal command does not work. It results in an error. Could not mount “BOOTCAMP”. ( error 49223.)If I remove the line: LABEL=BOOTCAMP none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse from Fstab, it I can mount BOOTCAMP again, jsut read only. Anyb ideas?

2020-12-10 11:19:33

malk reply to Jason :

Exactly the same problem here using Big sur and those /etc/fstab parameters I've got the same error message.Anyone can help?

2021-02-08 06:25:01

Katrina reply to Jason :

It seems that the NTFS driver that's built in the latest macOS Big Sur is not complete. Actually, Apple's native NTFS support is unsupported officially. This method is disabled by default as it is unstable and may corrupt your disk and cause permanent data loss. We really don’t recommend using this method. We highly recommend paying for a third-party NTFS driver if you need to do this as the other solutions don’t work as well and are more work to set up.

2021-02-08 19:46:09


You need to type /volumes not volumes

2020-12-03 05:53:18

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