As you know, macOS supports NTFS file system in core. You certainly use NTFS drive on macOS without third party software or driver as I mentioned in this post: How to manually active NTFS writing in macOS Sierra
By using that way, notice that:I guess many of you think about a software that helps to do all of those steps to be simple and automatical. In this post, I will introduce the software do exactly that idea. And luckily, it is a free software. It is Mounty for NTFS. You can find it in Hompage here
How Mounty – NTFS writing for macOS work
The author of Mounty said that he usually shares data with his friend via USB and external hard drive by using the command line in Terminal. He tired of typing command over and over so he create Mounty. This utility does simply following steps: When you plug the USB or external drive, Mounty detects it and active the command to mount it in background. After that, Mounty open the drive in Finder where it has ready to be written. You also can unmount drive after using and remount it again with some click. Imaging!
How to install Mounty
Easy! You can follow all the steps in Mounty homepage. I just summarise:
1. Download and install it from .dmg file
You can get Mounty.dmg file from homepage or the following link:
2. Install it by command in Terminal
The command for install Mount is:
brew cask install mounty
in Terminal window.
The installation process is shown in the figure:
It is important that the Homebrew is installed on your Mac first. If the above command return error it means the Homebrew is not installed on your Mac. You can see how to install Homebrew in this post:
See how to install Homebrew
In short, it is very easy to install Mounty
Using Mounty to write data to NTFS drive
After successful installing Mounty, it will run automatically (If not, you start it from Launchpad). Mounty icon will appear on the top bar. Click this icon you will see some option.
I recommend you enable ‘Start at Login’ option, so Mounty will always ready to use when you start your Mac.
Depend on status of connected devices, Mounty icon could be in different color:
|inactive – nothing to mount|
|active – Volume available to re-mount|
|idle – Volume writable mounted|
|error – mount failed|
Now when you connect a USB or external Hard drive which is in NTFS format, Mounty detect it and notify you with an option to mount and open the disk in Finder window and it ready to use. The disk now works like other file system disk which is supported by Mac, but it does not appear in Finder side bar as other disks.
If you close the Finders window which opened before by Mounty, you can easily reopen it in Mounty menu.
Not sure but very important notice
Some question might come up when you use Mounty are answered in Mounty Homepage. But I just want to discuss more the first question: The USB can’t re-mount, and error alert is popping (See the following figure)
Pros and Cons
I give some my personal opinions about Pros and Cons of Mounty
In my views: Mounty is worth to try especially if you use both Windows and Mac computer. We can’t ask more with a free software and use native NTFS support function from mac.
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