How to read/write NTFS drive on macOS Catalina 10.15/Mojave/High Sierra?

Updated by Tim to NTFS for Mac on November 13th, 2020

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 for Mac software

iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, Tuxera NTFS for Mac and Paragon NTFS for Mac are NTFS for Mac software which support macOS Catalina.

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: Format NTFS drive to exFAT/FAT32

As a matter of fact, exFAT and FAT32 file systems are compatible with macOS Catalina and all older 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: Back up the important files in 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 recover lost data from formatted drive with M3 Data Recovery.

How to format the drive to NTFS on Mac?

macOS can format the drive to exFAT, FAT32, HFS+ or APFS file system, but it cannot format the drive to NTFS file system. Because of it, you have to use the 3rd-party tool, such as iBoysoft NTFS for Mac.

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