Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

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Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by o0o » Thu Nov 24, 2011 6:05 am

I have an external hard drive with allot of free space on it that I'd like to use for storage but it is formatted ntfs so my mac
can only read it but not write to it. I'd like to be able to copy files from my mac to this drive for storage, what is the best free utility for doing this and is it risky to use these kinds of utilities?
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Post by cids » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:48 am

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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by o0o » Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:53 am

hello cids and thank you. at that link it says that mac fuse and mac core are required, are these things that are already located in osx lion?
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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by o0o » Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:24 am

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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by Komodovaran » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:18 pm

Just download MacFUSE

http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/

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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by mots » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:37 pm

Hi,

Mac Fuse is good, works fine, but is slow and heavy on the CPU.

If you are not against paying a little for something much faster
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/

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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by lqud009 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:46 pm

Hi oOo,

I use NTFS for Mac, after some Performance Problems with Mac Fuse:
http://www.paragon-software.com/de/home/ntfs-mac/

... but it's not free, but worth the money - if you need it regularly.


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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by fishmonkey » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:54 am

the other choice is the Tuxera NTFS driver:

http://www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac/

i have been using Paragon NTFS for a while but lately it has been causing kernel panics on my system running Mac OS X 10.6.8, and i haven't been able to get any help with the problem from Paragon at all.

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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by timothyallan » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:22 pm

Never ever ever use Paragons NTFS driver.

I lost years of photos and music because it corrupted them while copying to and from my backup drive. The copy procedure worked fine as per normal, it was only when I checked my backup that I noticed all my wav files were corrupt, and my photo's had noise/green lines/corruption in them. Filessizes were exactly the same, and the copy had worked in the past, but all it took was once. This was of course when I had to restore from a backup, thus losing the originals. Paragon apologized and gave me my money back. Only time I've felt furious at a software company because there was no way to recover the corrupted files.

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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by Forge. » Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:20 pm

use Fat 32 if you must share between them - it's the only format they both understand

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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by timothyallan » Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:27 pm

Forge. wrote:use Fat 32 if you must share between them - it's the only format they both understand
Unless you have files over 2gb, then you can't :S

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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by fishmonkey » Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:22 pm

timothyallan wrote:
Forge. wrote:use Fat 32 if you must share between them - it's the only format they both understand
Unless you have files over 2gb, then you can't :S
the FAT32 filesize limit is 4GB (2^32).

exFAT is a much better choice than FAT32 these days.

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Re: Best Free NTFS Hard Drive read/writer For Mac ?

Post by timothyallan » Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:25 pm

oops, 4gb for fat32

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