How to write NTFS drive on macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave/High Sierra?
The latest macOS Catalina 10.15 has been released and expected to be an outstanding OS which supports plenty of advantageous features. However, macOS Catalina is still not supported to write NTFS drive which is used by many Windows users, how to write NTFS drive on macOS Catalina 10.15?
Solution 1: Use the third party NTFS driver for Mac
1. M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac
M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac is a simple and easy-to-use tool which can unlock Bitlocker encrypted NTFS, FAT32, exFAT drive and enable to read/write Bitlocker encrypted drive like a Mac's native drive after supplying the password on macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.
Although M3 Bitlocker Loader for Mac cannot directly read/write NTFS drive, but it provides Bitlocker drive encryption function. After encrypting NTFS drive, you can read/write Bitlocker encrypted NTFS drive without any problem.
2. iBoysoft NTFS for Mac
iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is a simple app that can read and write NTFS drive on macOS Catalina 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8.
3. iBoysoft Drive Manager
iBoysoft Drive Manager is a handy tool to manage external drives and network drives with only one-click, it can also read and write NTFS drive on macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8.
Solution 2: Enable writing NTFS drive with Terminal
By default, macOS Catalina can read NTFS drive, while writing NTFS drive is disabled, but it can be enabled from Terminal. What's more, this solution is totally FREE and works under all macOS versions, including macOS Catalina 10.15.
Step 1: Open Finder -> Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal.
Step 2: After launching Terminal, please 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 start writing your NTFS drive without any limitation.
Solution 3: Change drive format to exFAT/FAT32
As a matter of fact, exFAT and FAT32 file systems are acceptable on macOS Catalina and all older version. You actually can take advantage of this to operate your drive by converting NTFS drive to exFAT/FAT32 file system. To do so, follow the following steps:
Step 1: Back up the important files in your NTFS drive.
Step 2: Open Finder -> Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utilities.
Step 3: Select the NTFS drive from the left panel in Disk Utility.
Step 4: Click "Erase" on the top menu of Disk Utility
Step 5: Select "exFAT" or "FAT32" file system from the drop-down box and then click Erase.
If you formatted the wrong drive, please refer to how to recover data from formatted drive.