Enable NTFS writing on OS X
by Antoine - Categories : OS Apple
One hidden new from Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard : the possibility to enable writing on NTFS partitions (the Bootcamp one where Windows is installed for example). No more need for Tuxera (formerly Fuse+NTFS-3G), nor other pay solutions, in 4 shell lines you can now enable writing on NTFS.
We begin by rename the mount_ntfs executable in charge of mounting NTFS volumes, into mount_ntfs.orig
$ sudo mv /sbin/mount_ntfs /sbin/mount_ntfs.orig
We create (with nano, vi or whatever) a small 2-lines Shell script who will load mount_ntfs.orig with the option -rw (read write) :
#!/bin/sh /sbin/mount_ntfs.orig -o rw "$@"
We save it in /sbin/mount_ntfs and we change the file rights...
$ sudo chown root:wheel /sbin/mount_ntfs $ sudo chmod 755 /sbin/mount_ntfs
From now, NTFS volumes will mount with enabled writing.