Common people like you may be familiar with different types of portable disks like USB flash drives, SD cards and external hard drives but may not know much about file systems. In fact, the file system the disk is formatted with decides the way the files are organized. Most times, when you buy a new removeable disk, it is pre-formatted with a file system that allows you store files on it. Most of removeable disks are pre-formatted with FAT or exFAT which are compatible with both Windows and macOS.
However, it is not always the case. Since NTFS has been optimized with a lot of advantages over FAT or exFAT, many external drives come with NTFS file system as well. Without knowing the differences and limitations of this file system, you will probably end up with the confusion – how to use Windows NTFS-formatted drives on Mac?
As far as we know, installing such an NTFS driver is the easiest and safest way to use NTFS drives on Mac. In the post, we review a third-party NTFS for Mac utility for you. Keep reading to see if this review can help you.
What is iBoysoft NTFS for Mac?
iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is a small utility for Mac users that provides complete solutions to use Microsoft NTFS drives on Mac. It enables users to have full read-write access to NTFS drives on Mac. It can mount, open, unmount, eject, repair and erase NTFS drives. Moreover, it supports erasing other file systems to NTFS as well. This utility is compatible with macOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8.
Mount NTFS drives in read-write mode
By default, you can only view the stored files on an NTFS drive on Mac or copy-paste them to another location. However, you can’t write to the NTFS drive on Mac, which means you can’t edit the existing files, create new files nor save any files to it. iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, as an NTFS mounter, can solve this problem easily. After installation, the utility will ask you to set up if you want the utility to mount your NTFS volumes or disks in read-write mode automatically. We recommend you keep its default settings for convenience. After an NTFS volume or disk is detected, it will be listed in its tiny drop-down interface for easier access. At the same time, it will be mounted in read-write mode automatically. Then you can read and write to the NTFS disk freely like using an external disk with a Mac-compatible file system.
Repair minor NTFS file system errors
Unsafe ejection, unexpected power-off during file transferring and other reasons may result in a corrupted file system and then a corrupted disk. If your NTFS disk is corrupted due to the file system errors and you don’t have a PC in hand, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac comes very handy. It offers a feature imitating the chkdsk command in Windows to scan and fix minor file system errors on a disk. By clicking the Disk Management in its drop-down interface, selecting the troubled NTFS volume or disk and clicking on the “Check disk” button, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac can detect and fix some minor file system errors and might make the NTFS disk workable again. However, we have to make it clear here that if the NTFS disk is seriously corrupted, neither “Check disk” in this utility nor chkdsk command in Windows can help.
Erase NTFS disks easily
If you want to get rid of all unwanted files and have a fresh restart with your NTFS drives, reformatting it is a faster and easier way compared with deleting all files. You can reformat an NTFS disk in Disk Utility on Mac, but the file systems you can choose from don’t include NTFS. If you want to keep using NTFS, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac has a solution for you. By selecting an NTFS disk and clicking on the “Erase disk” button on Disk Management interface, you will get a blank NTFS disk ready shortly.
Reformat other file systems to NTFS easily
As we mentioned above, Microsoft NTFS file system has quite a few advantages that retains people to use it. The most useful advantage is that NTFS is very stable and reliable in handling large files and large disk capacity. That is very important today because users are working on large files and demand more storage capacity. Without this utility, you can only reformat the disk to NTFS on a PC. Nevertheless, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac can achieve the reformatting to NTFS on Mac. You can select a disk with any other file systems and click on “Erase to NTFS” button. Done! The utility supports erasing FAT, FAT32, exFAT, HFS and HFS+ to NTFS.
This utility is impressively stable during our testing. Additionally, the read-write speed was fast. We hope this review can help you find a satisfactory NTFS driver for Mac. Try out iBoysoft NTFS for Mac today and make comments below.