Read and Write NTFS Partitions from Mac OS X with MacFUSE
Update: The usage of third party tools for NTFS support is no longer necessary, as Mac OS X includes NTFS read & write support natively, here’s how to enable it. While newer versions of the Mac operating system support NTFS without any third party add-ons, older versions of OS X may still find value in MacFUSE. Keep in mind that if you’re in OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 or newer – this is not necessary, and thus this article is really only relevant for much older versions of Mac OS X before 10.5.
I recently came across a great utility called MacFUSE which allows Mac OS X users to read and write to NTFS partitions, amongst other things. This is extremely useful if you have an external storage device you use on both a Mac and PC, and you want to avoid the limitations of FAT32.
Getting MacFUSE to work in OS X 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6 is not the easiest process in the world, and it takes some knowledge and patience to get functioning properly. Thankfully, LifeHack.org has a pretty decent walkthrough on setting up MacFUSE, so check that out if you’d like some guidance.
Again, this is for older versions of OS X like 10.4 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, and 10.6 Snow Leopard. remember that new versions of OS X do not need to use MacFUSE to read and write to NTFS! You can follow this simple guide to enable NTFS in OS X Mavericks, Lion, Mountain Lion, and newer.