The installation of a NTFS driver on Mac OS X for read and write access is actually covered on many websites, so I just write this entry to summarize the installation process and to write about my experience with the driver.
First, you need to install MacFUSE, which “makes it possible to implement a fully functional file system in a user-space program on Mac OS X”. Download the dmg file from the website (Version 1.7 at the time of writing), open it and run MacFUSE.pkg.
Second, download the actual NTFS-3g driver for OSX – there are two version:
- NTFS-3G 1.5012 (from ublio), which is fast but unsafe
- NTFS-3G 1.5012 (stable), which is slow for USB drives but safe
Open the dmg file and run NTFS-3G.pkg. Reboot is required. Read the NTFS-3G User Guide about disabling the (unsafe) ublio caching overall or only for some drives. I’ll do some tests about speed later.