christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: August 10th, 2010
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Writing to NTFS Drives from OS X

If you're using OS X in a work environment you are probably dealing with external drives that are formatted in NTFS. OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) can read NTFS drives but cannot write to them. Fortunately there is a simple and free solution to fix this amazingly annoying issue. (Seriously, Apple...NTFS has been around for more than a decade...)

  1. Download and install MacFuse 2.0
  2. Download and install NTFS-3G
  3. Reboot

That's it. I'm running with the default settings. It's worth noting that there is a commercial version of NTFS-3G that reportedly is much faster, but for USB 2.0 drives I'm finding the free version totally workable.

Thanks to Faisal for the pointers.

by Christopher Heiser on August 10 18:51
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