How to write to NTFS drives (USBs, or external Hard drives) under the newest MacOS Sierra? It’s quite easy to do. Let’s look at our following free solutions to manually activate NTFS writing in macOS Sierra
Mac OS X 10.12 is called MacOS Sierra. Will it officially support NTFS write by default? Sadly, the same the situation as Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, we need to either use professional NTFS drivers (Paragon NTFS), free NTFS-3G, or enable NTFS support to each particular NTFS drives connected to the Mac by using some simple command lines through Terminal.
At for NTFS-3G, an open-source software designed by and included in hundreds of Linux distributions such as Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE… The NTFS-3G is based on the FUSE file system. This helps to access to all devices and partitions that are using the NTFS formats. I do not find out if NTFS-3G works well on MacOS Sierra in this topic. You may want to take a look on this topic: Instruction to install NTFS-3G in a right way on Mac.
Enable Writing to NTFS NTFS drives (USBs, or external Hard drives) through Terminal in MacOS Sierra
The following steps is not going to enable NTFS read/write support in MacOS Sierra. You have to repeat them each on each individual NTFS drive plugged into the Mac.
Instruction Map: Determine the Drive Name —> Enable write support to the targeted Drive using Terminal.
Step 1: How to know the Drive Name of the Drive?
Get the NTFS drive connected to the Mac until it is mounted. You then are able to see the NAME of the NTFS Volume from the Finder Window.
Step 2: Enable write support using Command lines
- Launch Terminal (Found in Applications/Utilities), then enter the following command line.
sudo nano /etc/fstab
After that, the
fstab file then must be called in blank by default.
- Enter the following command line.
LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
Please be noticed that: The NAME must be replaced by Your Drive Name.
- Press exactly Ctrl + O to save and Ctrl + X to end the Terminal. Done! You now must be able to write to the NTFS drive right now.
Do you have to repeat the all above steps in the next time when you plug the Drive into your Mac again? No!
After the NTFS Drive is unmounted (you take it off), then plug it into the mac again in the next time, the Volume no longer exists at the left pane side any more. To find it, From Finder window, click on Go (on the top menu), then choose Go to Folder, then enter the
/Volumes. The NTFS partition must appears then, and you are able to write the Data into it.
If my solution does not work on you due to any reasons, please leave a comment for further assistants.
However, we would strongly recommend using Professional NTFS driver for Mac. Paragon NTFS 14 belongs to Paragon, a very famous company in Hard Drive Integration field. It comes with great features to enable read/write access to NTFS partitions under OS X with unprecedented high NTFS performance. It also includes Disk Manager for easy formatting and hard drive maintenance such as check and repair.
Paragon NTFS 14 Key Features:
- Supports MacOS Sierra fully
- Easy to to install
- The read/write speed to NTFS partition is optimized and similar to native HFS+
- No limitation accessing to big number of files and large volume of Data
- Supports completely all Hard drive Brands and NTFS versions
- Support El Capitan and other software such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion
- Able to create, verify and repair NTFS partitions
- Optimize the operations on SSDs