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

By Vivian | Posted to NTFS for Mac Tips, updated on December 1st, 2020 User rating:

macOS Big Sur is the latest Mac operating system. However, the read-only NTFS drive is still one of the most annoying problems in macOS Big Sur.

NTFS for macOS 11 Big Sur

Whether you upgrade from macOS Catalina to Big Sur, or you just buy a new Apple Silicon M1-based Mac that comes with macOS Big Sur, read-write support to Microsoft NTFS drives on Mac will be a great concern.

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To use Windows NTFS drives in macOS 11 Big Sur, three methods are shared in this post.

  • 1. Use an NTFS for Mac software that supports macOS Big Sur
  • 2. Enable NTFS write support in macOS Big Sur using Terminal
  • 3. Reformat NTFS drive to exFAT/FAT32

How to write NTFS drive in macOS Big Sur?

1.Use NTFS for Mac software

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Third-party NTFS for Mac software is a great option to enable NTFS write support on macOS Big Sur. You don't have to mess up or erase your NTFS drives in case you want to use an NTFS drive on Windows. However, few NTFS for Mac drivers are ready for macOS Big Sur (let alone M1 Mac) because the system is newly released.

Up to now, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac initially can mount NTFS drives in read-write mode in macOS 11. It makes NTFS write support the same as a native feature in the Mac operating system.

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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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  • Read and write NTFS volumes on Mac
  • Mount and unmount NTFS volumes
  • Repair NTFS file system errors
  • Erase data on NTFS disks
  • Reformat disks to NTFS on Mac
  • Fully integrated with the Finder
  • Compatible with new Apple Silicon M1-based Mac
  • Support macOS Big Sur 11/10.15/10.14/10.13

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.
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  • Step 2: Restart your Mac, and then connect an NTFS drive to Mac.
  • 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 can allow 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 option as you have to add a different command line for each volume 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 "sudo nano /etc/fstab" into the Terminal to open the /etc/fstab file for editing nano text editor.
  • 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 then press Ctrl + X to close nano.
  • Step 5: 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.

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 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 a format for your NTFS drive.
  • 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).

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

Conclusion

It is really a pain on the neck if you want to transfer files between an NTFS drive and a Mac often but you can't. It is also frustrating that you can't write to your newly-bought drives because you were not aware that they were formatted into NTFS.

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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Jason

The Terminal command does not work. It results in an error. Could not mount “BOOTCAMP”. (com.apple.DiskManagement.disenter 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

Alek

You need to type /volumes not volumes

2020-12-03 05:53:18

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