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Writing to NTFS drive on a MAC

lacie-drive.pngIf you have a PC formatted drive that has been formatted as NTFS, Mac OS X will be able to read from the drive, but it will not be able to write to it.  Fortunately, there is a company that provides affordable software allowing your Mac to read and write to NTFS formatted drives.

The solution in the past has been to format all your drives as FAT 32.  However, that causes a problem if you need to copy large files. Fat 32 has a file size limitation of just under 4GB. 

After the software driver has been installed, you can use the standard Mac OS Disk Utility to format your devices as NTFS.  You can even create NTFS disk images.

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The company that offers the software is called Tuxera, and they offer a 15 day trial version of NTFS for Mac.  Software licensing starts at roughly $35.00 for a single license which seems fair.

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This is excellent, because I'm sometimes in a situation where a student wants me to copy some media or tutorials to their drive, but it's formatted as NTFS.

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