How to use an NTFS disk with mac?

When I wanted to upgrade from my present Macbook Pro, I was faced with the challenge of moving all the data to an external hard disk. The WD My Passport I got couldn’t be written to as it was NTFS formatted for the other windows laptop. Basically, I could read data from the WD My Passport, but couldn’t copy data into it or create new folders.

I found online a 3rd party tool to use which solves that problem. While copying is still going on in the background, I thought why note make a note of that for myself in the blog?

So, head over to this page to download the software (Paragon NTFS for Mac) that would ease the task. (Other option I had was to take a backup of that HDD and format it for use in Mac and then use it. It would have taken long!)

Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 2.08.33 PM

In case you need the steps:

  • Make sure the HDD in question is not connected already to your mac.
  • Download the software. (I was happy using the trial version for 10 days)
  • Double click the .dmg file to install.
  • Now connect your external HDD.
  • The software automatically detects and works like a charm. Screen Shot 2016-07-14 at 2.16.23 PM
    You don’t need to do anything else other than opening the HDD in finder. I was able to create new folder and start copying data from my mac.

 

 

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