NTFS Mounter
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NTFS Mounter... A simple utility designed to mount NTFS volumes in read/write mode. Although not officially supported, Snow Leopard is now able to mount NTFS volumes with both read and write support. NTFS Mounter simply uses this ability, and provides a simple user interface to the mount command for NTFS volumes.
What's New
Version 0.4:
  • Automatic volume unmount volumes are now automatically unmounted before trying to remount it with write support, if volume is not busy. You do not have to manually unmount/eject it anymore.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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NTFS Mounter User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Winterbreeze23 reviewed on 11 Jul 2012
I am actually having troubles installing it, when I double click on the dmg. file, nothing happens, but it sometimes it appears under devices in finder, when I click on the app icon, it tells me that it's not installed and that I'll have to download again, which I tried for two times alread. Can anybody please tell me how to install it?
[Version 0.4]


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Nymphe reviewed on 02 Nov 2011
I've used this software with Snow Leopard and was very satisfied. It does its job perfectly. I've copied 140 GB of movies to a NTFS USB disc without any problems.

However it seems it doesn't work with Lion. Anyone has any idea?
[Version 0.4]


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Reel_mac reviewed on 07 Mar 2011
Amazing! Finally, I have a way to exchange huge files with Windoze users. None of the other NTFS mounters I've tried have worked properly, especially with larger files (10 GB's and up). I'd always get errors partway through the write.

I've tested NTFS Mounter, however, and it no problem whatsoever.
[Version 0.4]


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Djefis commented on 22 Aug 2010
Be careful, you can not eject the external drive, the NTFS partition. . . .
A kernel panic for the occasion!
Deeply discouraged. . .
[Version 0.4]


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Hurrikenux commented on 31 Jan 2010
For those looking to criticize as opposed to provide useful information on how this program performs, you can do a search on Google (I know, mind blowing) which offers how to do this in Snow Leopard. There are no such disclaimers on most pages, common sense applies.

In regards to this product, it has worked thus far for me without issue. Here is to hoping they get the native support in. Some commenters should also realize that I believe there are royalty dollars that must be paid to Microsoft when officially supporting the NTFS protocol. This may be the biggest reason why the support is not official as of yet.
[Version 0.4]


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Rooster reviewed on 28 Sep 2009
OMG! This works...perfect! a big, big, THANKS.

Sits in the menu bar waiting for read-only NTFS volumes, and bang...all you have to do is select the volume form the list and its automatically unmount and remounted read/write. Seem pretty stable, efficient, handy, etc., and all the other positive buzzwords. This has earned a place in my crowded menu bar. All it needs is a better Finder icon as well as a better Menu bar icon ;-)

I hope to have some time to do some controlled performance testing to determine what the average I/O rates are as compared to HFS as well as the Paragon and the NTFS-3G. I encourage others to share their performance metrics.

Anyway, as with any 3rd party development (free or paid) use at your own risk. Your data is your data...you have to assume the responsibility for what you install and use on your computers over and above what Apple provides. If its a paid-for and a warranted product then sure, the vendor has a service level they should address if you encounter problems that their product caused (ie data loss). But a product that someone develops (and probably uses for themselves) and then shares with others is just plain kind and in the spirit of open development...blah...blah...blah. I provided criticism to this dev in my 1st post and it was constructive and I hope it helped the dev put out a better solution. I encourage others to provide constructive comments not trash talk ;-)

Well thanks again and BTW...I'm kicking my rating up a notch.

Cheers!
[Version 0.4]


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Nontroppo commented on 26 Sep 2009
And why are you incapable of responding without being abusive and aggresive? There are already some reports that people using the aborted Apple R/W driver are running into problems.

Releasing a "free" tool doesn't mean one should abrogate their responsibilities to provide knowledge to their users. If you choose to still use it then that's fine, but this tools website mentions nowhere that the driver this enables was not activated by Apple, we assume for some good reason...
[Version 0.3]

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Fabien Jakimowicz (freelance) (developer) replied on 28 Sep 2009
"this tools website mentions nowhere that the driver this enables was not activated by Apple"

=> There is a mention of that and data lost risk in the readme file since the very first release.
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Grumpytico reviewed on 25 Sep 2009
IIt works and it's free, can't ask for much more. Thanks!
[Version 0.3]


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Nontroppo commented on 23 Sep 2009
As this is a feature that was not allowed to go into Snow Leopard, it seem imperative that there is a FAQ with some information on *why* Apple thought it wasn't usable by default, and what the caveats of using this are. Data loss is serious stuff, and unsupported NTFS drivers sound a ripe area for triggering such loss...
[Version 0.3]

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Grumpytico replied on 25 Sep 2009
Imperative? WTF do you think you are? Developer: ignore this douche, thanks for taking the time to write this. If there is any data loss, I'm aware it's MY FAULT.

Man, this mentality of finding everyone liable except oneself for actions one commits is seriously pissing me off.
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Rooster reviewed on 22 Sep 2009
First of all a bit of praise and a thankyou for this app and the effort. Things I like are:
- That it is a menu item that is out of the way, out of the dock, and easily accessible
- I really like the ability to access NTFS and read/write.
- The simple interface is welcome

What is troubling though is that it is awkward to use based on the following descriptiopn (I could just be doing it wrong but this is the problem):
- With NTFS Mounter running, the first time you mount an NTFS volume, the volume is read only but shows up in the NTFS Mounter list of available volumes...OK
- When the NTFS volume is selected, an NTFS Mounter Error instructs that you must eject/unmount/eject the volume...OK
- When the NTFS volume is unmount/ejected in the Finder as instructed above it is no longer available to NTFS Mounter...not good...The act of unmount/eject basically removes it from the bus that it was plugged into (USB/FireWire) and it can no longer be seen by NTFS Mounter
- Remedy: by this point the external NTFS drive is no longer visible on the desktop (unmounted) nor connected (ejected) on the bus. I unplugged and plugged it back in and it mounts as before in read only mode but instead of unmount/eject in the Finder I used Disk Utility to unmount (only...not eject) at this point it is visible to NTFS Mounter to mount it in the Finder as read/write.
- Cumbersome but it works

The next thoughts I had were around performance. I found that older NTFS drivers had poor read/write performance as compared to using HFS on the Mac or NTFS in Windows. I found that NTFS-3G performance was not as good. And I also tried the retail Paragon NTFS driver which was comparable to native speeds but of course it was a little bit more expensive than free :-) It would be interesting to see what other peoples experience performance wise is with this implementation.

Thanks for the tool.
[Version 0.2]

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Fabien Jakimowicz (freelance) (developer) replied on 22 Sep 2009
I am actually working on the unmount/eject trouble.

I should be able to release another version with this solved and without having to manually unmount/eject the volume before mounting it.
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Danco replied on 23 Sep 2009
So if one wanted to stop using it, it's just a matter of deleting the application? It doesn't install any kexts or the like that have to be deleted.

I'm asking because I have the Paragon NTFS. This is currently not Snow Leopard compatible, though there are compatible betas.

So I might want to use this and then switch to Paragon. Or maybe this will turn out better than Paragon.
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nautisx had trouble on 31 Dec 2012
Doesn't seem to work with a bootcamp volume. Anyone had any luck with this?
[Version 0.4]



Miguel Ramalho rated on 18 Nov 2012

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Joseph_8f59be19 rated on 14 Oct 2012

[Version 0.4]



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Macsuga rated on 02 Jun 2011

[Version 0.4]


Downloads:40,477
Version Downloads:39,798
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:28 Sep 2009
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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NTFS Mounter... A simple utility designed to mount NTFS volumes in read/write mode. Although not officially supported, Snow Leopard is now able to mount NTFS volumes with both read and write support. NTFS Mounter simply uses this ability, and provides a simple user interface to the mount command for NTFS volumes.


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