Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard has the capability of native NTFS support. In other words, you do not need NTFS-3G or any other third party application to be able to write to your NTFS storage media. However, you do have to enable it. Here is how:

  1. In Terminal, type diskutil info /Volumes/volume_name, where volume_name is the name of the NTFS volume. From the output, copy the Volume UUID value to the clipboard.
  2. Back up /etc/fstab if you have it; it shouldn’t be there in a default install.
  3. Type sudo vim /etc/fstab
  4. In the editor enable typing by pressing i, type UUID=, then paste the UUID number you copied from the clipboard. Type a Space, then type none ntfs rw. The final line should look like this: UUID=123-456-789 none ntfs rw, where 123-456-789 is the UUID you copied in the first step.
  5. Repeat the above steps for any other NTFS drives/partitions you have.
  6. Save the file and quit vim (Esc, :wq), then restart your system.

You can now read and write to NTFS without a third party application.

Till next time,

Jorge Orchilles