I want to use an external NTFS drive on my Mac.

I used paragon but since I changed my computer I don't have a license anymore and I would love to find a different method for using NTFS.

I read about sudo nano /etc/fstab and I wrote LABEL=Untitled none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse and saved but still nothing. If I open my drive (Untitled) info I see

ritar write and read
staff read only
everyone read only

Why isn't it working? I tried to change the drive name or use cp to move files but I get Read Only FS error.

how can I fix it?

EDIT: I did

sudo umount /Volumes/Untitled
sudo mkdir /Volumes/Mount
sudo mount -t ntfs -o rw,auto,nobrowse /dev/disk2s1 /Volumes/Mount
open /Volumes/Mount

And now in that folder, I can see all the files on the drive and I can write inside the folder, then it disappeared. And now if I try to access my Untitled drive from the sidebar, it doesn't show anything; even if I enter in the drive from the shell, when I do ls I get nothing

What did I do wrong? How do I fix it? The drive still shows the right space so files should be there.

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    macOS only provides a read only NTFS driver, you can fiddle as you have done so that it appears to allow writes but it is too buggy to work. So Paragon I think is the only safe solution
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jul 22, 2022 at 21:17
  • I seem to recall that the Paragon software is a commercial version of an open source driver. You will likely need to find that or do as @mmmmmm suggests and buy the NTFS driver from Paragon Commented Jul 22, 2022 at 23:00
  • the OP can e.g. install macFUSE and then use NTFS-3G to get write permissions on NTFS drives. In relation to the fstab entry - please use: LABEL = NameOfYourDisk none NTFS rw.auto.nobrowse Commented Jul 23, 2022 at 5:48
  • Paragon will let you use the license on more than one computer, just not at the same time.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jul 23, 2022 at 7:15
  • @slartibartfast macFuse is not Open Source now
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jul 23, 2022 at 8:16


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