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NTFS-3G for Mac

By Tuxera Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 2, 2014

NTFS-3G for Mac adds drivers to your OS X installation that allow you to read and write to NTFS-formatted thumb and external hard drives as if you're using a Windows machine. The software comes free of charge and features several advanced options such as caching and filename normalization. Overall, it performs well, with speeds approaching those you would get in Windows.

Pros

Quick: We transferred a 700MB file in 45 seconds on a Mac, and the same file in 42 seconds using the Mac's Bootcamp installation of Windows.

Neat preference pane: NTFS-3G for Mac provides a clean and accessible preference pane for your NTFS-3G driver. With it you can turn on file system caching as well as configure global and volume options, including filename normalization, debug logging, and unclean volume recovery.

Easy installation: If you don't already have the MacFUSE and FUSE for OS X frameworks on your machine, which are necessary in order to run the app, they will be automatically installed. During the installation process you will be asked for your administrator password and to choose whether to use UBLIO caching.

Cons

UBLIO caching: While it increases performance, it may damage the NTFS disk in case of a system crash or if the drive is not disconnected properly.

Reboot required: Your NTFS drives won't be recognized by Finder unless you reboot your system.

Slow file transfers: File transfers are noticeably slow. There are also instances of copying failures.

Deletions are final: You have to remember that once you use this application, the files you delete no longer go to the Trash. Recovering them may not be possible.

Bottom Line

If you often come across NTFS thumb drives, or have a Windows installation on your Mac that you'd like to access, NTFS-3G for Mac is just the right app for you. It works great out of the box, but if you're looking for further customization, you can go to System Preferences, where you have options like filename normalization, filesystem caching, debug logging, and more.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2010.5.22

  • Fixed build to create usermap and secaudit.
  • Fix: Tuxera NTFS for Mac could hijack non-NTFS volumes in extremely rare cases, leaving them unmountable until Tuxera NTFS for Mac was disabled.
  • Preference pane bugfix: The Tuxera NTFS for Mac preference pane will no longer leave zombie processes behind.

General

Release July 1, 2010
Date Added July 1, 2010
Version 2010.5.22

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 384,727
Downloads Last Week 22
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Developer's Description

The NTFS-3G driver is a freely and commercially available and supported read/write NTFS driver for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, NetBSD, Solaris, Haiku, and other operating systems. It provides safe and fast handling of the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 file systems.

NTFS-3G develops, quality tests and supports a trustable, feature rich and high performance solution for hardware platforms and operating systems whose users need to reliably interoperate with NTFS.

The driver is used by millions of computers, consumer electronics devices for reliable data exchange, and referenced in more than 30 computer books. Please see our test methods and testimonials on the driver quality page.