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What is Tuxera? A Quick Overview

I came across an icon in System Preferences that I had never seen before: Tuxera NTFS. I have no clue what it is and don't remember downloading it. It doesn't seem to be an application, and the only place I can see that it exists is in the System Preferences. Does anyone can explain what it's doing on my Mac and whether it will harm my computer. Thanks!

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iBoysoft author Connie Yang

Connie Yang

Answered on Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Tuxera NTFS is an NTFS for Mac tool that is used to help you mount NTFS drives on Mac in read-write mode.

What is NTFS for Mac? By default, macOS only supports reading to Microsoft NTFS hard drives. If you want to write to an NTFS disk on Mac, you have two ways. One is to run command lines in the Mac Terminal to temporarily enable macOS to write to NTFS drives. This way is dangerous as it may make your Mac crash. The other way is to use the professional NTFS for Mac program.

Although Tuxera NTFS for Mac claims to mount NTFS drives on Mac seamlessly, it has some drawbacks. It can't mount and access BitLocker-encrypted NTFS drives on Mac. Also, it mounts NTFS drives in read-write mode on Mac with a relatively slow data transfer speed.

If you do need to read and write to an NTFS drive on your Mac, I recommend you to use iBoysoft NTFS for Mac. I've used this tool for almost a year. I think it is the best alternative to Tuxera NTFS for Mac.

This NTFS driver allows you to read and write to NTFS drives on Mac as a native drive. And it also supports accessing and writing to BitLocker-encrypted NTFS drives on Mac. You can free download it to try its advanced functionalities.

Here are some features of iBoysoft NTFS for Mac:

  • Support Macs with Apple Silicon
  • Compatible with macOS Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur & earlier
  • Repair NTFS drives
  • Fast data transfer speed
  • Auto-mount NTFS drives in read-write mode on Mac
  • Easy to uninstall

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