NTFS-3G for Mac
We all use USB flash drives and external storage devices to backup our data or transfer big files and folders from one computer to another. But you might have a problem if you try to copy files on your friend's NTFS formatted flash drive, since Mac OS X allows you only to read NTFS drives. No worries though, NTFS-3G is here to save the day.
NTFS-3G is a free and open source read and write file system driver for NTFS that enables your Mac to effortlessly write files to a NTFS formatted drive. In other words, NTFS-3G is designed to give your Mac the ability to write to NTFS partitions and mount them as native parts of the operating system environment.
In order to install NTFS-3G you have to mount the DMG image, double click on the NTFS-3G package and follow the instructions. To complete the installation process you also heave to provide administrator credentials.
Most file system drivers must be installed in the kernel of the operating system, fact that can make the operating system unstable and crash. Fortunately, NTFS-3G lives in the "user space", where all other applications are installed and is linked to the kernel trough the file system bridge MacFUSE.
As soon as you finish installing NTFS-3G you will be able to automatically mount NTFS volumes and write various files and folders.
You will be able to access NTFS-3G's pref pane from your Mac's System Preferences. From here you can enable, disable and even uninstall NTFS-3G.
NTFS-3G is very well integrated with the operating system's utilities and as a result enables you to create as well as format NTFS partitions by using Apple's Disk Utility.
In conclusion, NTFS-3G proves to be a practical an easy-to-use file-system driver that will help you write, format and create NTFS partitions quickly and effortlessly.