How can I obtain write permission using Mac OS X for files stored on my external hard drive?

AMEEN January 15, 2012
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Recently, I got a Mac, and am having a problem using my external hard drive with NTFS.

I only have “permission” to read files on my external hard drive. I am not allowed to write or edit files on the hard drive when using Mac OS. The only solution I have found is to format the drive with the Mac OS.

Is there any easier option to change the drive’s “Sharing & Permissions”?

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  1. Colossal
    September 14, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Very Helpful - thanks guys!

  2. VictorGeis
    August 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Having NTFS installed on my Mac is probably one of the most important things I installed on my computer. Most new Mac users don't realize how many future problems this solves. Definitely spread the word : )

  3. FIDELIS
    January 16, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Hello, have you tried NTFS-3G?

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/24481/ntfs-3g

    Have a read of the following article.  It refers to enabling native NTFS read/write if you are using snow leopard:

    http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20090913140023382

  4. Anonymous
    January 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

    The external drive is formatted in NTFS. Mac OS can read but not write to NTFS volumes.
    NTFS for Mac® OS X 9.5 
    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/

    My new external Mac drive is read-only. How can I fix it?http://www.askdavetaylor.com/external_mac_hard_drive_read-only_how_to_fix_it.html