MacOS Sierra NTFS support

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.

Drive Name

Step 2: Enable write support using Command lines

  • Launch Terminal (Found in Applications/Utilities), then enter the following command line.
    sudo nano /etc/fstab
MacOS Sierra NTFS
MacOS Sierra NTFS

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
Enable Mac NTFS Write using Terminal
Enable Mac NTFS Write using Terminal

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.

NTFS-Volume

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
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Similarly, we can manage EXT2/3/4 drives in our another share that you may want to take a look on – Free Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 Read and Write solutions in Mac OS X El Capitan, MacOS Sierra.
  • Dom Soulard

    I tried your solution in Sierra, and it works well.
    I believe you should suggest to add it to the favorites, making it easy to find each time you connect it.
    You strongly recommend to use Paragon NTFS 14. Unfortunately, it’s not compatible yet

  • M Lynall

    Thank you. Very helpful. This worked for me.

  • Veyhong Chhor

    This work for me thank you.
    Can I know more detail about this what is fstab related to mount volume ?

  • Ian Huang

    Paragon NTFS 14 is not compatible with Sierra. 🙁

    • jmcd102

      Thx. Saved me the install time

      • Paul Temple

        The current version of Paragon is actually compatible with Sierra. I just installed the 10 day trial from their website and it works fine.

        • jmcd102

          Thanks Paul.

    • azoreseuropa

      Yes, it is compatible with Sierra to me. I am on trial version. No problem for me.

      • emaleroland

        apparently it wasn’t 4 months earlier

  • Shubhankar Sharma

    I managed to do it up till the Ctrl + O part, but then I pressed Ctrl + X nothing happens. I try closing the terminal window but message appears stating that the process is still running? What now?

  • Jan Šimůnek

    Worked for me – MacOS Sierra + Windows 10 data partion. Thx.

  • max verboom

    I cant find the volumes folder anywhere. how can i reverse this?

  • Shwee

    will this affect the files in the hard drive?

  • pulangparuparo

    How do you reverse it? Thanks!

    • pulangparuparo

      Thanks Cos 🙂

    • You simply open the fstab file again on nano (sudo nano /ect/fstab) and remove the line you added, then save/exit and restart your mac.

  • Martin R

    It does not work for me – cannot edit files. But now I have the problem, I did it couple of times, but now I cannot see the external harddrive. It is not visible:(. Just when I unplug it, it says that it was unplugged unsecure (or what it says). What is wrong?

  • RF

    Tried this and it wiped my NTFS drive. 10 years of backed up photos are dead because I followed this guide.

  • Thanks dude, it worked like a charm

  • emanuele filippi

    hey I tried to manually enable it but not only it did not work, now I cant even see my harddrive in the finder nor in the volume folder!!! can you help? can i undo the process? thanks!!!!

    • Cos

      SOLVED! Simple fix to restore everything to the way it was if anyone else ever has this problem. Plug back in to a windows PC, you will get the error “d: is not accessible The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable”

      NB – You might have drive e, f, g etc.

      Simply run this is command prompt:

      chkdsk /f d:
      obviously replacing “d” with your respective drive letter. It should take a few minutes to complete and the autorun will load up for your drive with all your files in tact!

      Plugged back into the mac and as before everything is read-only, but at least that’s better than nothing!

      • Sathish Gopi

        hi i have done the above solution and it is opening fine in Windows, But when plugged back into mac its still hidded and found only at “/volumes/”.

        NOT ABLE TO REVERSE THE PROCESS BACK as before everything is read-only

        can you help?

  • mgschoen

    You might run into the issue that your drive’s name contains spaces. You then need to escape it with the sequence 40. For example your drive’s name is “My Drive”, then you would go for

    LABEL=My40Drive […]

    in /etc/fstab

    • Alberto Ivo

      thanks!

  • Andre Michalek

    Is there any way to reverse this command? I have installed Paragon NTFS in the meantime and with the new upgrade I cannot access my ext hard drive anymore… The error message of Paragon is that it cannot mount the volume

    • Andre Michalek

      Thanks a lot!! Much appreciated

  • Valerie Brown

    Thank you…

  • Ashis Maharana

    Hello, I tried with my Seagate 2TB HD, It is not even showing drive now

  • Mookie

    It works fine for me.
    At the beginning, it didn’t worked because i wrote the name of my disk wrong (i just replaced space with 40) after that you do Ctrl + O, press Enter to save the modifications and then Ctrl + X to exit.
    After that, my volume disapeared and it still didn’t work.
    So i went back to the terminal and erased the content of the fstab and saved.
    I reboot my system and my disk was back again.
    I did the command line again (with the good spelling of my drive) and after i went to the utility disk application to unmount my drive and mount it again.
    After that, I did a right click on the name of my drive and chose “Find it in the finder” (sorry don’t know if it’s the real name of this command because i’m french and it’s write in french for me 😛 ).
    I was then able to see my disk again and i put an shortcut on my desk and it was it !
    Thank U, i tried hard to find a solution to this problem, U made my day !

    • Freeman Ysz

      Please help! I really need the “erased the content of the fstab” command. Or is this the actual command.please!

    • Diego Silvera de Souza

      You are a God. Your solution saved my day. Thank you very much!

    • Dyron “DJ”

      I had spaces in my Drive name and the “40” helped solved the issue I was having, which was it wasn’t taking my command. Thanks!

  • If you want to make it easier, Drag and Drop your /Volume/Name folder to your left “Favorites” bar in Finder. It will now show on that bar every time you plug the HD.

  • drchrisb

    in your instructions to save the opened file /etc/fstab you wrote to press Ctrl + O followed by Ctrl + X (to end Terminal). It did not work for me, until I pressed ENTER in between these two commands.

    This may be an obvious point, but it stumped me for a bit. But your instructions were very clear, and access to the drives works very well.

    Is there some way to have them display on the desktop for quicker access, and also unmounting via dragging to Trash?

    Thanks

  • MICKAEL

    I DID EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAY BUT HELP ME MY DISK DONT APPEAR IN VOLUMES ?????

    • MICKAEL

      please help me I can’t loose everything on it

  • MICKAEL

    PLEASE HELP ME I DID EVERYTHING RIGHT AND NOW I DIDNT SEE MY DISK IN VOLUMES PLEASE I WORK WITH MY PHOTOS WELP ME !!!!

  • nazir

    i already try using TUXERA 2016 trial on my Mac Book – works fine
    can mount all ntfs format HDD and can copy file to myextdisk ..

  • disqus_Ogl3jYCNpI

    put in the commands as prescribed USING the corrections from the comment thread (dealt with space on drive name, used ENTER….) — as far as I see I do this: Ctrl + O, press Enter then Ctrl + X but nothing is happening on my MacBook pro by doing this….screen stays open. If I close it, reopen, all the commands are gone: the drive had not changed to read/write – advice?

    • disqus_Ogl3jYCNpI

      !!! got it: after entering this – sudo nano /etc/fstab had to put in admin PW….then the other steps…. thxs 🙂

  • Sebastián Giannone

    Hello, I need some help!! I followed all the steps described here, and after that my hardrive dissapeared from the Finder, can’t find it anymore, it’s not even in /Volumes section. Can someone tell me what to do please? Thanks!!

  • Christian Ibasco

    what about multiple drives? or drives within drive such as virtual drive can i put two (2) lines:

    LABEL=TOSHIBA40EXT none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

    LABEL=Untitled none ntfs rw,auto,no browse
    tnx guys

  • Jason Anzaldo

    Thank you.

  • Chris Ferreira

    It works fine.

  • Saurav Chaudhary

    I tried this, but now my drive is not visible in the left panel or in volumes folder. What should i do?

  • Tullz

    Hi Guys, i followed all the above, but now i can’t find my hard drive at all. any suggestions?

    • You could not be able to view hidden folders in the finder. You should enable hidden files/folder viewing in the Finder before actually finding it 🙂

  • ClaveAzul

    Here’s what I did thanks to this article and a post on MacRumors:

    sudo nano /etc/fstab

    LABEL=NAMEOFYOURDRIVE none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse
    CTRL O
    Return
    CTRL X
    Return (The GNU nano window close automatically. If not, start all over. That’s what I had to do because I messed up the first few times.)

    Your drive’s still in Finder. I was able to edit a PDF but not a DOCX.

    RESTART YOUR MAC!

    Your drive will not appear in Finder.

    Open Disk Utility and you will see your drive there. Right click and select “Show in Finder.”

    Now get your drive to appear in Finder all the time.

    From MacRumors: “First, select “Show Path Bar” under Finder->View. This will show the breadcrumb path at the bottom. Next, go into the network folder you want to add. At the very left it will have the root folder with the network drive icon. Drag that over to your favorites.”

    Done.

    In my case, I’m triple booting Windows 10, Sierra and Mint 18.1. I have a drive I’m sharing between the OSs. I tried to map OneDrive to the drive I use to share files. It told me “Your OneDrive folder cannot be created” and something about the drive being in a “case-sensitive format.” I followed the steps above, and now I’m able to read and write to the same drive using OneDrive whether I’m in 10 or Sierra.

  • Rodrigo Cartaxo

    It didn’t work. I can’t find my external external HD. How can I reverse this, please?

    • Tooquic

      its there but not browsable from the gui. go to the command line and type –> df -h

  • discuzer

    I get the error : “The operation can’t be completed because it isn’t supported.”

  • Anirudha Mahale

    The terminal way works fine, Just you need to reconnect your pen drive to work and fine your pen drive using /volumes and done.

    Thanks alot for the tutorial.

  • Prasoon Mk

    Please help !!
    My ext HDD has the name Prasoon
    As its got the special character “” in the name it isn’t working properly! How do I enter the name?

  • Migue

    Thanks!!! It works fine.

  • emaleroland

    Using Sierra, the drive did not revert to RW. I got info on the drive, unlocked it, under Sharing and Permissions, I gave everyone Read and write from just Read. I was then able to save my Winclone bootcamp image to the NTFS partition on the external drive.

  • Aros

    Hello~ After I added a line “label=BOOTCAMP…” in the way you told into /etc/fstab, the BOOTCAMP volume can not be mounted any more (even with the disk tool app in macOS). There was no BOOTCAMP in /Volumes 🙁 When the line is deleted, BOOTCAMP can be mounted as usual. Does not this method work for BOOTCAMP on Sierra?

  • Manu Guanda

    For the ones having problems with seagate after doing all the job right 😉

    in Terminal

    cd /Users/(yourUsername)/Desktop/
    ln -s /Volumes/(yourVolumename)/ .

    Don’t forget the “point” at the end. it is the link destination!
    i hope it doesn’t cause trouble, when i restart my mac without my volume mounted.
    for the freaks.. U can use tab to help Urself find the right dir names.

  • Manu Guanda

    i don’t see my comment from a few minutes ago so I write it again, sorry, if it will be double

    For all the seagate owner, who still have trouble, after following the instructions correctly.
    first of all, U have to change Ur Finder in order to make all Drives visible if U want to.
    In Terminal

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 1
    killall Finder

    Then I would suggest to stay there and create a symlink of Ur drive to the desktop

    cd Users/(UrUserName)/Desktop/
    ln -s /Volumes/(UrDrivesName)/ .

    Do not forget the last dot, since it ist Ur symlink destination.

    For the freaks: use tabs to move to the right directory while in terminal.
    that’s it. good luck.

  • Kevin Bastedo

    I hope this works…