How to Fix/Solve 'WD My Passport is read only on Mac' Problem?

Posted by Juno to NTFS for Mac on February 5th, 2018

I have a WD My Passport 320GB external hard drive that I am trying to hook up to my iMac for the first time. I'm running macOS 10.13. I'm extremely frustrated because this drive is in a read-only mode, and I can't figure out how to change it! Any suggestion to fix this?

Western Digital is one of the most popular hard drive brands. Just because WD drive has been widely-used, there are users complained that their WD My Passport is read only on Mac. This problem will make us unable to write to the WD drive, including unable to create, copy, transfer, edit or delete files on the WD My Passport drive.

What causes this problem? That's because the WD My Passport has been formatted to NTFS, a file system developed by Microsoft, the competitor of Apple. When we select the drive and click "Get Info", we can see the format is "Windows NT File System (NTFS)". By default, macOS only enables Windows NT File System read support but disables Windows NT File System write support. So our WD My Passport is read only when using it on Mac.

As many actions on WD My Passport drive need write support, it is very necessary for us to fix/solve 'WD My Passport is read only on Mac' problem. Actually, you can convert NTFS to APFS without data loss to solve the unreadable WD My Passport drive problem. Howevem the easiest and safest way is to use a reliable NTFS for macOS software to help write to read-only WD My Passport drive.

Fix/solve 'WD My Passport is read only on Mac' problem with reliable NTFS for macOS software

Here are two professional NTFS for macOS software: NTFS Assistant and iBoysoft Drive Manager. Both of them can help write to NTFS WD My Passport drive.

1. NTFS Assistant - the cheapest NTFS for macOS software in App Store

NTFS Assistant is a handy Mac tool that specially designed to enable read and write to NTFS drive on Mac. It is not only the cheapest NTFS driver in App Store, but also can have very stable performance. macOS 10.14 Mojave/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7 are all supported by this tool.

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 drive in Mac.

2. iBoysoft Drive Manager - professional NTFS driver, external drive & network drive manager

iBoysoft Drive Manager is a professional Mac software that can easily and effectively mount NTFS drive on Mac with read-write mode. It can mount, read, write and unmount NTFS drive, FAT32 drive, exFAT drive, HFS+ drive. It supports macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 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.

Write to read-only WD My Passport on Mac

With three simple steps to write to NTFS WD My Passport drive hassle-free

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

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Drive Manager and insert the NTFS WD My Passport drive in Mac.

Step 3: Write to NTFS WD My Passport drive after getting notified that the drive has been mounted successfully.

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