I am looking for a simple GUI based way to format drives to NTFS (Windows) on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

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OS X can default read NTFS disks, but not write to them.

Possible solutions/options:

NTFS for Mac OS X (10 Days Trial): I use this one, and it does the job very well. When the driver is installed, you format your NTFS disks with Disk Utility where you select Windows NT Filesystem as the format.

Tuxera NTFS for Mac (15 Days Trial): I haven't tried this one, but it should also do the job.

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    Tuxera works great (img42.com/nCyA1+)
    – Chad
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 17:49
  • I needed to perform an offline system update for Xbox One S but I only have Macs. Installed the Paragon NTFS for Mac using 10 day trial. That allowed me to format a USB drive as NTFS with full read-write access and then write the system update files to the USB drive. Offline Xbox update worked like a charm via USB stick.
    – Brian D
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 1:29

You'll need to have ntfs-3g driver and FUSE for macOS which extends the file handling capabilities of the OS. Both these things are open source.

I am not explaining the downloading and installation instructions here because the link below has explained each and everything on how to make NTFS drive work with macOS. This worked successfully on my macOS Sierra.



You can now use Fuse. It's very useful and easy to be installed. Moreover, it's free.

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    Their wiki says they use ntfs-3g for NTFS. Apparently write performance is poor. Commented Sep 3, 2017 at 10:49
  • This is exactly what I needed, unfortunately Fuse still requires a ntfs-3g driver which is not free.
    – JVC
    Commented Nov 26, 2017 at 21:09
  • Fuse GUI is just an about box
    – pinei
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 11:15
  • I installed Fuse but it seems pretty useless...
    – Moebius
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 22:06

There is nice article How to Write to NTFS Drives on a Mac

Seagate offer Paragon Driver for Mac OS or you can buy Paragon for

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