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How can I transfer files to NTFS drive on Mac without formatting or third-party app?

Before updating my MacBook Pro, I was able to transfer files to my WD Hard Drive without any issue. But after the update, I can't copy any file to my hard drive. I've been told that formatting the HD would be a solution or downloading a third-party app. I don't want to format my HD because of the files that are inside would be lost, and I don't want to download any application on my Mac! Is there any code I could add in Terminal or change some permissions?

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iBoysoft author Jenny Zeng

Jenny Zeng

Answered on Wednesday, July 26, 2023

If you want to transfer files to the NTFS drive on Mac without formatting or downloading third-party software, you can enable write support for the drive using Terminal. Note that this is only possible on macOS Monterey and earlier because macOS Ventura has removed the previous kernel-based architecture.

Be reminded that this is the least recommended way to use NTFS drives on Mac, as doing so may corrupt your drive and cause data loss. If you still want to give it a try, make sure your NTFS drive is backed up.

  1. Plug the NTFS drive into your Mac.
  2. Open Terminal.
  3. Run the command below.sudo nano /etc/fstab
  4. Type your admin password and hit Enter.
  5. Use the arrow key to scroll to the end of the information and add the new line (replace Name with your NTFS drive's name).LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
  6. Press Ctrl + O to save the file.
  7. Press Ctrl + X to exit the file.

If that doesn't work or you're running macOS Ventura or later, you can use iBoysoft NTFS for Mac to enable read and write access to the NTFS drive on Mac without formatting. This is the best way to work with NTFS drives on Mac. Unlike the command line method, this NTFS driver can auto-mount any NTFS drives connected to your Mac with read/write access.

It works on Intel-based, T2, M1, and M2 Macs, supporting all macOS versions since macOS High Sierra. With it, you can also repair NTFS drives, format other drives to NTFS, and read/write Boot Camp partitions on Mac.

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