Thursday, July 11, 2013

Solutions for writing to NTFS drives in OS X

Apple's ecosystem is arguably, a wonderful thing. Its walled garden as it is commonly referred to, is both one of its best security enhancements and also one of the most scorned features. The truth is that Apple's tight control over all aspects - from production to UI - all stem from one of the company's long held beliefs "…believe in the simple, not the complex". It is this same belief that allows such ease of use and cross-pollination across all their product lines…but what if you must use an alternate device or operating system?

It is this walled garden that ensures everything works perfectly, homogeneously. But in the real world, seldom is an enterprise environment plugged in to just one brand. This is true now more than ever in the BYOD landscape, as users bring in a variety of computers, smartphones and tablets to get their work done.

As users bring in their Macs to work with company Windows boxes, writing to NTFS formatted drives is just one of the common problems that will continue to grow. While Apple has long supported reading NTFS, currently it only natively supports reading/writing to FAT32. This may not be so bad on USB flash drives or for one-off file transfers under 4GB, but it's certainly not a long-term solution with larger sized storage devices becoming more affordable, files sizes growing exponentially, and NTFS being the required format from Windows Vista and on.

Read below for a series of different solutions that can be used to tackle this particular problem. They may even be combined to allow for multifaceted solutions, depending on the implementation required.

exFAT File Format (OS X 10.6+/Windows XP+/Linux)

exFAT is a file format developed by Microsoft, created in 2006. It was designed for use in environments where NTFS was not a feasible solution, such as on removable storage drives and embedded memory.

Read more: TechRepublic
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