I'm new to MAC OS.

Using MacOSX 10.9.1 (Mavericks).

My external HDD is formatted with NTFS.

I need some rock-solid, free solution for reading and writing to this HDD. Any suggestions?


5 Answers 5


Use ntfs-3g:

  1. Install Homebrew

  2. Install fuxe4x and ntfs-3g

    brew install fuse4x && brew install ntfs-3g
  3. Replace (with backup) the mount_ntfs:

    sudo mv /sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs.orig
    sudo ln -s /usr/local/sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs
  4. Get info on fuxe4x-kext

    brew info fuse4x-kext
  5. You should be given two lines based on your version that you need to run. Run these lines in Terminal.

  6. Eject and remount the disk.

  • is that reliable solution?
    – Tural Ali
    Feb 6, 2014 at 21:48
  • @Tural Not entirely sure what you mean, but yes this works fine, although Mavericks complicated the install process a bit.
    – grg
    Feb 6, 2014 at 22:08
  • joxi.ru/3RX0UhjKTJDoXJWgM1k getting this error
    – Tural Ali
    Feb 6, 2014 at 23:08
  • not working on mavericks
    – Tural Ali
    Feb 7, 2014 at 7:43

It's not free but I have had great success w/ this product: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/


If you have a seagate device, then Paragon for Seagate is free and reliable.


I am using the free 'Fuse for OSX' with 'NTFS-3G'. This Page describes the Installation.

I have used it for a couple of years (since 10.5 through 10.10) without any major Problems and can recommend both.



Native solution. No 3rd party drivers or software installs.

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