How to read/write NTFS drive on macOS Big Sur?

Posted by Tim to NTFS for Mac on June 26th, 2020

macOS Big Sur is the latest version of the world's most advanced desktop operating system.

Like macOS Catalina, macOS Big Sur still provides a limited support for NTFS drives - By default, you can only read the files on NTFS drive, but you cannot write, edit or delete files on NTFS drive from your Mac. So how to write to NTFS drive in macOS Big Sur?

Solution 1: Enable NTFS drive write support on macOS Big Sur with Terminal

Writing to NTFS drive with Terminal is totally FREE and works under all macOS versions, including macOS Big Sur.

By typing some commands at Mac Terminal, you can change the default setting to enable NTFS write support. But actually, this method is not as easy as it seems and is not recommended.

For common users, changing setting by Mac Terminal is too complex. To use Mac terminal, you must have a good knowledge of command lines, otherwise you are very possible to type wrong commands since you don't know what those commands mean at all. If you type wrong commands, it may cause unexpected harms to your Mac and data inside.

Step 1: Open Finder -> Applications folder -> Utilities -> Terminal.

Step 2: After launching Terminal, type the command: sudo nano /etc/fstab to open the /etc/fstab file for editing nano text editor.

Step 3: Type the command: LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse (Replace NAME with the name of your NTFS drive).

Step 4: Press "CTRL+O" and press "Enter" to save the fstab file.

After that, you can close the Terminal and write to your NTFS drive without any limitation.

Solution 2: Format NTFS drive to exFAT/FAT32

In fact, exFAT and FAT32 file systems are fully compatible with macOS Big Sur and all previous versions. Actually you can take advantage of this to operate your drive by converting NTFS drive to exFAT/FAT32 file system. To do so, follow the steps as below:

Step 1: Copy the important files out from your NTFS drive.

Step 2: Open Finder -> Applications folder -> Utilities -> Disk Utility.

Step 3: Select the NTFS drive from the left panel in Disk Utility.

Step 4: Click "Erase" on the top menu of Disk Utility

Erase the drive in disk utility

Step 5: Select "exFAT" or "FAT32" file system from the drop-down box and then click Erase.

If you mistakely formatted the wrong drive, you can use M3 Data Recovery to recover data from formatted drive.

Solution 3: Use the third party NTFS for Mac software

iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, Tuxera NTFS for Mac and Paragon NTFS for Mac are NTFS for Mac software, but up to now, there is no one supports macOS Big Sur until macOS Big Sur final version releases.

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