Thursday, November 28, 2013

How to make MAC write on NTFS drive

By default Mac OS can only read NTFS, it cannot write to it.
Follow these steps to write on your NTFS disk(tested with MAC 10.8.5).
1. open Terminal
2. ls /Volumes/
    you can see all available Disks name.
3. Now I assume your external hard-disk name is "Mantosh Harddisk".
    diskutil info /Volumes/Mantosh Harddisk
     Now you must be seeing all the info related with your disk.
4. sudo vi /etc/fstab
    This is a system file, that's why you need to use sudo.
5. write the below line in this file.
    LABEL=Mantosh\040Harddisk none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse 
    \040 is for space in hard-disk name.
    (if LABEL is not supported in your system, you can use UUID=NUMBER none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse)
6. Quit Terminal and Now, just unmount and re-mount the disk.

Wait a minute, I don’t see my disk listed in the Finder window!
As of Mountain Lion, the “nobrowse” mount option is required for this to work. This means that the partition will not show up on your desktop. However, you can access it normally through Finder by doing the following:
  • Open Terminal and type “open /Volumes/THE_NAME_OF_YOUR_VOLUME” (without the quotes)
  • The Finder pops up automatically and you can see your disk listed there.

OR simply format your hard-disk to FAT file system.