Apple has long been criticized for its lack of support for other operating systems and devices. A classic example of this is the fact it doesn’t work fully with drives formatted in the NTFS file system. This is despite the fact NTFS is now by far the most common file system in the entire consumer market. Most new hard drives and other storage devices, for example, come formatted in NTFS straight off the shop shelves. It’s also the default file system for all versions of Windows which are currently in use. However, if you use a Mac, it won’t be long before you start running into problems. If you try connecting an NTFS drive, such as a USB pen drive formatted in or for Windows, macOS will only be able to read its contents. That means you will be able to open files stored on the drive, but you won’t be able to copy, move, edit, or delete them. To enjoy full control over the drive, you will need a third-party addon.

Tuxera NTFS for Mac is a simple solution that makes this possible, and it doesn’t have any significant learning curve either. It lets you use NTFS drives just as you would any drive formatted under macOS. For example, if a friend lends you a removable drive which was formatted using Windows, it will be possible to use it in macOS without restrictions. In you regularly switch between Windows PCs and Macs, this tool is a must-have. Also, for hobbyists who like to run multiple operating systems on their devices, this easy-to-use driver allows for seamless data exchange between the two. Even if you are handling Windows through a virtual machine, this tool will come in useful for simplifying your workflow. You can easily swap out and change drives with full read and write capability just as you’re already used to with Windows. Of course, that’s also very useful if you’re replacing your old Windows PC with a Mac, and you want to keep all your documents.

One might think that using a hard drive formatted in a file system different to the one natively supported by the file system would be a slow experience. Fortunately, with Tuxera NTFS for Mac, you probably won’t even notice any difference in performance. The software allows for fast, sustained file transfer speeds thanks to proprietary fast caching technology. That means less time spent waiting for files to save or copy between your external drives and your computer. Also, Tuxera NTFS for Mac helps preserve what’s important thanks to patented, industry-leading failsafe technology that prevents drive corruption. This is especially useful for keeping your data safe during unexpected events like power cuts or turning off your computer during a read or write operation.

Tuxera NTFS for Mac is available as an affordable one-time purchase for only $15. A license is valid for the entire lifetime of the product and covers up to three personal home computers. All upgrades and patches are free of charge. Finally, advanced users will also have access to the Tuxera Disk Manager for formatting, scanning, and repairing NTFS drives. Find out more or download your free trial at