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    NTFS-3G help
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    NTFS-3G help
    Hi there,

    Today I bought a Samsung M2 external hard drive. I want to use it to watch films on my Samsung TV, so I wanted to keep the drive in its original file system (it showed "NTFS-3G mac fuse" when first getinfo'd it).
    I have copied some files onto it and now I cannot delete anything from it upon connecting to my Mac. I getinfo'd it again, and it shows it is NTFS and now I only have right to read the drive.
    I wanted to re-format the drive to NTFS-3G (to be able to edit it again) but I don't have that option in the list in disk utility's volume format list any more (only MS-DOS FAT and 4 different Mac OS Extended formats, but no NTFS 3G).

    Please someone help me. I want the drive to be editable on my Mac and readable by the TV. I thought NTFS 3G is the solution, but it disappeared from my Macbook's disk utility after copying a couple of files. I puzzled

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    Did you uninstall NTFS-3G in the meanwhile?

    NTFS is a file system format.

    NTFS-3G is not a file system format. NTFS-3G is an application that allows OS X to write to the NTFS file system.

    If you want pretty much hassle free reading/writing to a NTFS drive, I would encourage you to pony up the $20 and get Paragon's NTFS for Mac instead of the couple of freebie apps out there.
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    NTFS-3G is not a file system format, NTFS is. NTFS-3G is a driver by Tuxera. I have no idea why the Samsung drive was identified as NTFS-3G unless you have that particular driver installed.

    The NTFS file format is read only by Mac OS X unless a proper driver is installed to render it read and write.

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    Thank you both. Restarted the computer and the "write and read" option came back. Not sure what happened before...
    Anyway I have installed Paragon's NTFS, hoping it will be more stable than NTFS-3G.

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    "Anything" is more stable than NTFS-3G. Good move on buying Paragon NTFS. It works.

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