When working with Macs and PCs at the same time, you will at some time hit the stumbling block of hard drives with different formats. Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X is an NTFS driver that provides full read/write access to NTFS formatted volume with the same speed as OS X's native HFS+ format.
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The latest version of the driver features full support for 64-bit Snow Leopard and Lion, but can also be used in 32-bit mode. Using the driver means that shared files can be accessed with ease without the need for potentially expensive hardware.
With the driver installed, existing files on NTFS partitions can be modified and deleted, and you also have the option of creating new files. Use of the driver is incredibly simple and a driver can be used to mount NTFS partitions.
Jul 31, 2015 Jesus Vigo explains the pros and cons of using Apple's default NTFS driver for native write support of NTFS-formatted drives in OS X. For years now, Apple has provided support for Microsoft's. Mac OS X updates can overwrite your replaced NTFS driver, and you have to re-install it again. Disk Utility cannot create new NTFS volumes with the native NTFS driver. If a volume was ungracefuly unmounted in Windows, it will be mounted read-only in Mac OS X, saying this message in system log.
There are no limits to the size of NTFS partitions that can be accessed, and support is available non-Roman characters. A Windows version of the driver is also available that can be used to enable Windows computer to access HFS+ partitions.
NTFS for Mac 11 ships with these changes:
- Support for the latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks
- Added Software update center
- New simplified installer Interface
- Improved stability and performance
- Bug fixing
Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X is an essential installation for anyone working with Macs and PCS, as it helps to break down the barriers that exist between the two operating systems.
|Operating system||Unix-like, Haiku|
|License||Dual-licensed GNU GPL/Proprietary|
NTFS-3G is an open-sourcecross-platform implementation of the Microsoft WindowsNTFS file system with read/write support. NTFS-3G often uses the FUSEfile system interface, so it can run unmodified on many different operating systems. It is runnable on Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenSolaris, illumos, BeOS, QNX, WinCE, Nucleus, VxWorks, Haiku,MorphOS, Minix, macOS and OpenBSD. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License. It is a partial fork of ntfsprogs and is under active maintenance and development.
NTFS-3G was introduced by one of the senior Linux NTFS developers, Szabolcs Szakacsits, in July 2006. The first stable version was released on February 21, 2007, as version 1.0. The developers of NTFS-3G later formed a company, Tuxera Inc., to further develop the code. NTFS-3G is now the free 'community edition',[failed verification] while Tuxera NTFS is the proprietary version.
NTFS-3G supports all operations for writing files: files of any size can be created, modified, renamed, moved, or deleted on NTFS partitions. Transparent compression is supported, as well as system-level encryption. Support to modify access control lists and permissions is available. NTFS partitions are mounted using the Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) interface. NTFS-3G supports hard links, symbolic links, and junctions. With the help of NTFS reparse point plugins, it can be made to read chunk-deduplicated files, system-compressed files, and OneDrive files. NTFS-3G provides complete support and translation of NTFS access control list (ACL) to POSIX ACL permissions. A 'usermap' utility is included to record the mapping from UIDs to Windows NT SIDs.
NTFS-3G supports partial NTFS journaling, so if an unexpected computer failure leaves the file system in an inconsistent state, the volume can be repaired. As of 2009, a volume having an unclean journal file is recovered and mounted by default. The ‘norecover’ mount option can be used to disable this behavior.
Benchmarks show that the driver's performance via FUSE is comparable to that of other filesystems' drivers in-kernel, provided that the CPU is powerful enough. On embedded or old systems, the high processor usage can severely limit performance. Tuxera sells optimized versions of the driver that claims to have improved CPU utilization for embedded systems and MacOS.
The slowness of NTFS-3G (and FUSE in general) on embedded systems is attributed to the frequent context switching associated with FUSE calls. Some open-source methods provided to reduce this overhead include:
- The underlying FUSE layer has an option called
big_writesto use larger blocks when writing. Using a larger block means fewer context switches. This is in fact a solution recommended by Tuxera. A patch is available to use an even larger block.
- There is also a Linux kernel option called
lazytimeto reduce the writes on file access.
- Synology Inc. uses a modified NTFS-3G on their NAS systems. It replaces the ntfs-3g inode caching
CACHE_NIDATA_SIZEwith a different mechanism with unsure benefit. (It also includes an alternative Security Identifier translation for the NAS.)
- NTFS-3G forked from the Linux-NTFS project on October 31, 2006.
- On February 21, 2007, Szabolcs Szakacsits announced 'the release of the first open-source, freely available, stable read/write NTFS driver, NTFS-3G 1.0.'
- On October 5, 2009, NTFS-3G for Mac was brought under the auspices of Tuxera Ltd. and a proprietary version called Tuxera NTFS for Mac was made available.
- On April 12, 2011, it was announced that Ntfsprogs project was merged with NTFS-3G.
- NTFS-3g added TRIM support in version 2015.3.14.
- ^ abc'STABLE Version 2017.3.23 (March 28, 2017)'. Tuxera. Tuxera. 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
- ^NTFS-3G for Mac OS X ('Catacombae')
- ^'OpenBSD adds fuse(4) support for adding file systems in userland'. OpenBSD Journal. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
- ^'ntfs_3g-2014.2.15 – FUSE NTFS driver with read/write support'. OpenBSD ports. 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2015-02-14.
- ^NTFS-3G FAQ
- ^NTFS-3G: NTFS Driver with Ownership and permissions
- ^André, Jean-Pierre (March 1, 2019). 'NTFS-3G: Junction Points, Symbolic Links and Reparse Points'. jp-andre.pagesperso-orange.fr.
- ^'NTFS-3G 2009.2.1 changelog'. Archived from the original on 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
- ^Comparing NTFS-3G to ZFS-FUSE for FUSE Performance
- ^Performance at Tuxera
- ^Gothe, Markus. 'On Linux NTFS Performance'. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
- ^'NTFS-3G Questions'. Tuxera.
Workaround: using the mount option “big_writes” generally reduces the CPU usage, provided the software requesting the writes supports big blocks.
- ^Wang, M. 'linux - Disadvantages of ntfs-3g `big_writes` mount option'. Unix & Linux Stack Exchange. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
- ^NTFS-3G for Mac OS X is now Tuxera NTFS for Mac
- ^Release: NTFS-3G + NTFSPROGS 2011.4.12