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I have tried the following solutions without success:

All of them allow me to see my NTFS external hard drive but none of them let me write to it. Actually, Paragon NTFS works until I plug the drive into a Windows Machine. Then I can't use it on my Mac without reformatting and Tuxera NTFS worked for a day then went into read only mode. Any ideas?


After trying multiple things, I found something that worked for me. I have Paragon NTFS installed. After formatting my harddrive to NTFS and adding files from my mac I plugged it into a Windows Machine. When I plug that same drive back into my mac it doesn't recognize it anymore unless I go into Disk Utility and repair the hard drive. This takes about a minute and leaves all files intact. Kinda a pain but it works for me needs.

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exFat. Free and already an option Tuxera costs money. I was also using Tuxera til it broke down on me. exfat works on both Windows and Mac machines.

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The author already tried Tuxera it didn't work for him. –  Ramhound Nov 19 '12 at 14:39
I believe he is suggesting to format the hard drive as exFAT. That is a valid idea... but there are a number of downsides to that format. The biggest one being no allocation table so if you unplug at the wrong time your data will get messed up. –  zechdc Nov 19 '12 at 20:03
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I am currently using Tuxera NTFS http://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-download/ and can read and write to NTFS devices as small as 1GB to 3TB in Mac OS and then plug them into Windows with no issues.

I think the issue you are facing is that Mac is not picking up the correct driver.

  • After you have installed Tuxera, you can check in Settings => Tuxera NTFS and it should say Tuxera NTFS status: Enabled.
  • In your NTFS drive, is there a folder .Tuxera-NTFS and the file disable-driver?
  • When you plugin your device, does your Console (logging) application show any errors?
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