Enable NTFS write in Mac
Jikku Jose

Enabling NTFS is mac is possible. But it is needlessly convoluted that I keep forgeting the steps. This is a note to help my future self.

Get info on the connected drive

diskutil list


/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *251.0 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI ⁨EFI⁩                     209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:                 Apple_APFS ⁨Container disk1⁩         250.8 GB   disk0s2

/dev/disk1 (synthesized):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      APFS Container Scheme -                      +250.8 GB   disk1
                                 Physical Store disk0s2
   1:                APFS Volume ⁨Macintosh HD - Data⁩     142.5 GB   disk1s1
   2:                APFS Volume ⁨Preboot⁩                 341.6 MB   disk1s2
   3:                APFS Volume ⁨Recovery⁩                1.1 GB     disk1s3
   4:                APFS Volume ⁨VM⁩                      2.1 GB     disk1s4
   5:                APFS Volume ⁨Macintosh HD⁩            15.8 GB    disk1s5
   6:              APFS Snapshot ⁨com.apple.os.update-...⁩ 15.8 GB    disk1s5s1

/dev/disk2 (external, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *61.5 GB    disk2
   1:               Windows_NTFS ⁨COPENHAGEN⁩              61.5 GB    disk2s1

Create new location to mount the drive

sudo mkdir /Volumes/disk2s1

Mount drive with experimental NTFS support

sudo mount -t ntfs -o rw,auto,nobrowse /dev/disk2s1 /Volumes/disk2s1

Access the drive

Use finder’s Go option from navbar and type /Volumes