If you have ever tried to open a document or a picture stored on a Microsoft NTFS-formatted disk on Mac, then you must already know how frustrating it is to see them appear read-only or locked. That is to say, you can’t edit, delete or rename them, nor can you move them to another folder on the disk. Additionally, you will find it impossible to save any new files to the NTFS disk. Sharing files between NTFS drives and Macs is extremely inconvenient.

By default, macOS can read the NTFS file system but not able to write to it. Any NTFS-formatted volumes on a USB flash drive, an SD card or an external hard drive will be read-only on Mac desktops and laptops. Even though you can format an external disk to be compatible with both Macs and PCs, we have been looking for an easier way to bridge this gap.

Recently, we came across a great NTFS for Mac utility that can easily solve the incompatibility issue between NTFS and macOS – iBoysoft NTFS for Mac. We reviewed the key features of this utility for you to see if you need it on your Mac.

About iBoysoft NTFS for Mac

iBoysoft NTFS for Mac is a small menu bar utility for Mac users to manage and repair NTFS volumes or disks. It provides comprehensive NTFS for Mac solutions on MacOS 10.15/10.14/10.13/10.12 and OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8.

Key features:

Mount NTFS volumes in read-write mode automatically

After the software is successfully launched and NTFS volumes are detected, NTFS volumes will be listed in the drop-down menu for your convenience to open it or eject it. Meanwhile, the NTFS volumes has been mounted in read-write mode automatically. It seems that NTFS write support exists natively on Mac. Once the NTFS volumes or disks are opened, you can make changes to the stored files as you want. There will be no bugs or instabilities which could cause damages to your disks while you are writing to the NTFS volumes. The file transferring speed is noticeably fast too.

Repair NTFS volumes

If your NTFS disk comes cross some issues that make it not work properly on Mac, this utility might help you out. After you click on the “Disk Management” in the drop-down interface, you will be led to a window displaying all connected NTFS disks and disks formatted with other file systems. After youselectan NTFS disk and click on the “Check disk” button in its Disk Management window, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac can fix some minor file system errors on that NTFS disk and make it work correctly again.

Erase data on NTFS volumes

This is another useful feature when you want to erase all data on an NTFS disk and start anew. By simply clicking the “Erase disk” button in its Disk Management window, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac can erase all stored files on the disk and reassign an NTFS file system to the disk. This feature will fix almost all file system problems you might have with the NTFS disk and leave you a blank NTFS disk for new data. With one single click, you can get rid of the data you on longer need and have a fresh start with the NTFS disk. However, if you have important files in the NTFS disk, remember to back up them or recover them first.

Reformat other file systems to NTFS

New Technology File System (NTFS) has quite a few advantages that users have been enjoying for years such as its excellent security and better support for large files and large disk capacity. However, you can’t reformat a disk to NTFS on Mac. The file systems you can choose from in Mac’s Disk Utility only include the formats that are fully compatible with the current macOS. If you prefer to reformat the disks to NTFS, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac provides a simple solution. In its Disk Management window,after selecting a disk with any other file systems (except for APFS) and clicking “Erase to NTFS” button, you will get an NTFS-formatted disk.

Availability and Price

iBoysoft NTFS for Mac comes out with one universal edition that costs $19.95 for a lifetime license per Mac. If you are one of academic, government or non-profit originations users, you can enjoy 20% discount.