This was not the first time that we had heard of WD My Passport read-only on Mac. Please look at the following case:
I have a WD My Passport 2TB Portable external hard drive using on a Windows laptop before. This external hard drive is NTFS pre-formatted. Recently I switched to a MacBook Pro with macOS 11 Big Sur but I found I couldn't transfer files between the Mac and the WD drive.
Although sometimes Western Digital makes it clear on the drive packaging that NTFS compatibility needs to download NTFS driver for read/write on macOS, you still don't know where to download and install the WD NTFS driver.
If the WD hard drive is Windows-formatted NTFS drives and you run into any of these problems on your Mac computers, probably a WD NTFS driver is required:
- You can't rename and write to the WD drive because it's not writeable
- Word documents and photos on WD drive is read-only or locked
- You are unable to copy or transfer files to the WD hard drive
- You can't edit, delete or create files on the WD hard drive
- You open your WD hard drives on M1 Mac but can't see any files and folders
- You need to use NTFS WD drive interchangeably between Windows & MacOS laptops
Your WD hard drive is frequently required and you can't directly erase it to other formats (like exFAT and FAT32) because it will wipe out your data.
Therefore, you need a professional WD NTFS driver to fully access your WD NTFS hard drive on Mac.
iBoysoft NTFS for Mac - Best Western Digital NTFS Driver for Mac
iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is a professional and handy Mac tool that can read and write to WD NTFS drive as a local drive on macOS 11/10.15/10.14/10.13.
Moreover, it's the first WD NTFS driver for Mac that is fully compatible with Apple Silicon M1 Mac.
Read and Write to WD NTFS Drives on Mac
It supports to read and write to Western Digital NTFS portable external hard drives, including WD Elements, My Passport Ultra, Easystore, My Book, My Passport Slim, My Passport Essential SE, and Game Drive.
With iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, users can write to, edit, delete, copy, paste, and view files stored on the NTFS drives on Mac seamlessly and natively.
Auto Mount Western Digital NTFS External HDD/ SSD
In addition to writing to NTFS drive, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac can also mount, unmount, and eject all WD external hard drives and SSD with a single click. It's a menu bar utility which automatically mount NTFS drives after you allow it.
Erase WD drives to NTFS file system on Mac
Also, this utility bridges the gap of erase disk to NTFS file system on Mac.
As we all know, Disk Utility on Mac doesn't allow users to erase the disk to NTFS file system when choose the format of the disk, and it causes some inconvenience consequently.
Now, with iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, we can easily erase an NTFS disk when it becomes corrupted and needs to be fixed by reformatting.
How to use iBoysoft NTFS for Mac to read/write to WD drives on Mac?
- 1. Download and install iBoysoft NTFS for Mac on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, etc.
- 2. Launch iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, restart your Mac, and insert the WD NTFS drive in Mac.
- 3. Write to NTFS drive after the NTFS drive has been mounted successfully.
You can't write to NTFS file system without an WD NTFS driver for Mac. What's more, an NTFS formatted WD external hard drive won't work on your PS4 console for gaming as well. So, if you need to share this storage devices with several systems, reformat it to FAT32 or exFAT.