I have a bootcamp Windows installed on my RMBP, and I used to use the "Startup Disk" preference to boot into windows. By click and drag the "StartupDisk.prefPane" from /System/Library/PreferencePanes/ to Desktop while holding Cmd+Option, an alias can be created on Desktop.

After installing "NTFS for Mac", the bootcamp Windows partition disappeared from the Startup Disk preference. And I have to use the "NTFS for Mac" preference to select.

I want to create a shortcut for "NTFS for Mac", but there is no "NTFS for Mac" in /System/Library/PreferencePanes/.

Where is the "NTFS for Mac.prefPane" located if there is one? Or another way to create a shortcut for NTFS for Mac?

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Mac OSX has two more locations where preference panes can reside:

  • /Library/PreferencePanes/ - This is where system wide 3rd party panes are installed. (The folder you looked in (/System/Library/PreferencePanes/) is reserved for core OS preference panes.)

  • ~/Library/PreferencePanes/ - This is where user-specific panes are installed.

Search these two locations and if you find the NTFS for Mac preference pane there create a short cut as a link to the file.

  • /Library/PreferencePanes/NTFSforMacOSX.prefPane is what I'm looking for.
    – Brady Lee
    Oct 25, 2015 at 3:48

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