Mount NTFS Drives on Mac

Looking to connect an NTFS drive on your Mac? That’s just what NTFSMounter is for. It’s a simple menubar app that allows you to access NTFS volumes.

When the application is running it simply checks for NTFS volumes. If a drive has been automatically mounted by the system, you will have to eject the volume first. NTFS Mounter won’t eject the volume by itself to avoid any other applications to crash if they are accessing files on the volume. Once you have ejected the volume, you can try to select it again from the menu.

I’ve read reports online that NTFSMounter doesn’t work on Lion (I last tried it on Snow Leopard), but there are a number of different proposed fixes. Here’s one via Terminal:

# Look up where the identifier for your NTFS disk first
# Alternatively you can look it up in "Apple Menu (alt/option) >> System Information >> USB"
diskutil list

# First umount the automounted volume
diskutil umount /dev/disk2s2

# Make a new directory
mkdir /backup

# Mount your drive
/sbin/mount_ntfs -o rw /dev/disk2/s2 /backup

Another Terminal alternative I found:

# Look up where the identifier for your NTFS disk first
# Alternatively you can look it up in "Apple Menu (alt/option) >> System Information >> USB"
diskutil list

# Make a directory to you mount your drive
sudo mkdir /Volumes/usb1

# Mount the volume in the new location
sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/disk1s1 /Volumes/usb1/

According to the mount man page, you should be able to add the -w option for read-write capability.

Another source suggested downloading the ntfs-3g files and substituting sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/disk1s1 /Volumes/usb1/ with sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/disk1s1 /Volumes/usb1/.

I read about a Google code project called MacFUSE too. This might be worth a shot as well.

Lastly, these two options (Buy or Try) have had some success: Tuxera NTFS and Paragon NTFS.

If you aren’t worried about backing up files for a specific filesystem on your external drive, you can always partition it with exFat, the new “Fat64”. (In case you didn’t know, Fat32 doesn’t support files over 4GB.)