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Sharing data between a Mac running macOS or OS X and PCs running Windows may not be that straightforward. By default, Macs can only read files from Windows-formatted external hard drives, but not write to them. This prevents you from saving, editing, copying, or deleting anything stored on your drives using your Mac. The reason behind this? The file system used by Macs (HFS+) is different than the file system used in Windows (NTFS).

How to read NTFS files on a Mac 

There’s a real easy solution for this, however: your Mac just needs a driver. Tuxera NTFS for Mac is a full read-write NTFS driver that enables your Mac to read and write NTFS-formatted drives. It also comes with Tuxera Disk Manager, a companion app that lets you format, check, and repair NTFS drives. Tuxera Disk Manager lets you fully manage your hard drive and stored data regardless of the operating system.

Formatting drives with Tuxera Disk Manager

You may find that you first need to format the external drive so it can be used with both your Mac and your PC. Formatting is the process of preparing a drive for use by an operating system. For reference, we explain in more detail what formatting is and why you need it here: http://www.tuxera.com/formatting-an-ntfs-drive-using-a-mac/

Here’s how you format a drive using Tuxera Disk Manager:

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About Tuxera NTFS for Mac

Tuxera NTFS for Mac and Tuxera Disk Manager work in the latest macOS 10.12 –Sierra– and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It’s backwards compatible and runs on all OS X versions starting from Tiger. Personal licensing allows you to install Tuxera NTFS for Mac on all your home computers with a single license. Upgrades of Tuxera NTFS for Mac are free of charge for our existing customers.

Get Tuxera NTFS for Mac with Tuxera Disk Manager to get started:

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Eva Rio
Eva Rio is a service designer and marketing manager at Tuxera Inc. Eva is also one of the lead organizers of the Finnish Android Association (now Google Developers Group Helsinki), the largest community of mobile developers in the Nordic countries. At Tuxera she works closely with developer communities to strengthen the software ecosystem in Helsinki region and drives design thinking initiatives to improve customer experience. Eva holds a M.Sc in Service Design and Engineering from Aalto University.