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How to Read & Write to NTFS on macOS Sequoia [3 Simple Ways]

Updated on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

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Summary: This post works to help you read and write to NTFS hard drives on macOS Sequoia in feasible ways. Among them, using iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is the quickest and safest way to write to NTFS HDDs, SSDs, USB drives, and other storage devices.

NTFS for macOS Sequoia

With the release of macOS Sequoia, you are concerned a lot about whether this newest macOS supports NTFS or not. Perhaps you've already gotten the answer and want to read and write to NTFS drives on macOS Sequoia. Just stay here. This post will answer all your questions about NTFS for macOS 15 Sequoia.

Can macOS Sequoia read and write NTFS drives?

macOS Sequoia, like the previous macOS versions, always only supports read NTFS drives.

NTFS is a type of file system developed by Microsoft and is mainly used in Windows to store, organize, and retrieve data on storage devices like HDDs, SSDs, and USB drives. As a competitor of Microsoft, Apple still doesn't have the privilege to write to NTFS formatted disks.

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How to read and write NTFS on macOS Sequoia?

Although macOS Sequoia only allows you to read NTFS drives, you can use one of the underneath workarounds to write to NTFS macOS Sequoia.

These ways of reading and writing NTFS drives on Mac have different highlights. Choose the one that caters to your needs mostly.

Way 1: Use NTFS for Mac


NTFS for Mac usually refers to a third-party NTFS driver that is designed to grant you read-write access to NTFS drives on Mac.

There are diverse brands of Microsoft NTFS for Mac tools available and each one claims to be professional, but they are quite different in performance, operation, security, price, and more in reality.

Among them, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is distinctive. This Apple-trusted NTFS mounter is easy to use. Once you install it on your Mac, it can automatically mount the connected NTFS external hard drives, USB drives, or other storage devices in full read-write mode.

With it, you can not only copy or transfer files but also edit and delete files on the NTFS drives on your Mac. Most importantly, it supports macOS Sequoia while most other brands of NTFS drivers cannot do that till now.

How to use iBoysoft NTFS for Mac to enable NTFS read-write accessible on macOS Sequoia:

  1. Free download and install iBoysoft NTFS for Mac on your Mac machine.
  2. Connect the NTFS drive to your Mac. This tool will immediately and automatically mount the NTFS drive in full read-write mode.

 Note: For your initial installation of iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, it will prompt you to install an NTFS driver, enable System Extensions in System Settings, and allow the program to access the Desktop folder in order to grant full disk access to the app and ensure it is workable on your Mac.

With iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, now you can use your NTFS drives on your Mac as a native drive. Most importantly, you can switch between Windows and macOS seamlessly.

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Way 2: Reformat the NTFS drive to a macOS-compatible file system

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Since NTFS is not fully compatible with macOS Sequoia, you can reformat it to a macOS-compatible file system, including APFS, Mac OS Extended, exFAT, and FAT32.

Reformatting the NTFS hard drive is to erase all content on it and then reassign a file system. Thus, you need to back up your files in advance to avoid data loss.

However, if your NTFS drive contains a huge amount of files, both the file backup and disk erasure processes will take a long time. Besides, you may face NTFS drive erasure failure as disk erasure is a complicated process.

If you insist on reformatting the NTFS drive to make it writable on macOS Sequoia, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your NTFS drive to your Mac.
  2. Open Finder, click the Applications folder on the sidebar > the Utilities folder > Disk Utility. 
    open Disk Utility from Finder
  3. Select the NTFS drive from the sidebar.
  4. Click Erase on the toolbar.
    click Erase in the Disk Utility toolbar
  5. Rename the NTFS drive, choose a macOS-compatible file format for it, and click Erase.
    If you only need to use this drive on your Mac in the future, you can format it to APFS or Mac OS Extended. If you prepare to use the drive cross-platform, you need to format it to exFAT or FAT32.
    erase NTFS to macOS compatible file system

Way 3: Use Terminal


Notably, this way can help you free to read and write to NTFS drives on macOS Sequoia, but it is experimental, insecure, complicated, temporary, and even not recommended by Apple.

If you are not a computer expert or someone familiar with how to run command lines in Terminal, you'd better not try this way. Any wrong step may make your NTFS drive corrupt or the Mac model crashes or won't turn on. You can choose one of the above ways instead.

If you are not afraid of the negative results, you can have a trial.

  1. Make sure your NTFS drive is connected to your Mac.
  2. Open Finder and click Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
    open Terminal on Mac
  3. Type the following command into the Terminal window to open all drives on your Mac. sudo nano /etc/fstab
  4. Press the arrow shortcut keys to scroll to the end of the list.
    use Terminal to read write NTFS drive on Mac
  5. Type the following command. Remember to replace NAME with the name of your NTFS drive. LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw, auto, nobrowse
  6. Hit Control-O on your keyboard and then Control - X.
  7. Launch Finder and click Go on the Finder menu bar > Go to Folder.
  8. Enter /Volumes/NAME into the Go to Folder box. Likewise, you should replace NAME with the name of your NTFS drive.
  9. Click Go to open your NTFS hard drive.

This way can only make your NTFS drive writable at a time. When you restart your Mac or reconnect the NTFS drive, you need to follow the above steps once more time to render the NTFS writable.

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