How to Format a Flash Drive to NTFS on a Mac

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There was a need to create a removable drive with the NTFS file system on a Mac. How can I do this without installing Windows?

The Apple operating system is initially able to read from external drives and flash drives that have been formatted in the NTFS file system . You can connect such drives to the system using the Terminal or through a special driver that can mount drives automatically after connecting to a Mac.

To format NTFS drives or write data to them, you will need special software.

How to teach a Mac to work with the NTFS file system

1. Download the free NTFS Segate utility from the developer’s website .

Please note that the program has three versions:

► for old OS X versions 10.6-10.9 ( Snow Leopard – Mavericks );

► for macOS versions 10.10–10.15 ( Yosemite – Catalina );

► for the latest macOS 11 Big Sur .

The latest version works on Macs with Intel and Apple processors .

2. During the installation process, you will need to restart your Mac.

3. After restarting, in the standard Disk Utility application, it will be possible to format the connected drives to NTFS.

To fully work with NTFS drives (to write data to them), you will need the full version of the utility NTFS for Mac by Paragon or Tuxera .

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