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    NTFS Mounter?
    I have an external drive I'm trying to write to via my new MacBook Pro, and just downloaded NFTS Mounter (suggested in another thread) so I can do this. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to do it! I downloaded NFTS Mounter from the Apple site and followed all the installation instructions. Now when I open it from Applications, it appears as a little fox symbol at the top right of my screen, near the Blue Tooth and battery symbols. When I click this, it shows the drive I have attached, and when I click the drive's name, it either connects or disconnects from my Mac. In neither case can I edit files on the drive, though.

    Can someone please help me with this?

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    First mount your NTFS drive, then start NTFS Mounter. When the small black fox appears in your menu bar, click on it to open the drop down listing of NTFS drives. Click the NTFS drive once. The drive will momentary unmount and mount again.

    Now you can use the Finder to read and write to the drive. I have two NTFS drives mounted at once. An external drive (attached) and my Windows 7 partition. However, I can only select either the external drive or the Windows 7 partition to read and write to, not both at the same time.

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    I did that, and it still won't let me do anything. When I right-click on folders on my drive, none of the cut/paste options appear, and if I press Command + X to cut, it just makes the "cannot perform operation" sound.

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    Don't know what's happening on your system but it works fine here. Once that drive or partition is selected and mounted, it acts just like any other HFS or FAT-32 drive or partition.

    I just experimented to make sure: I mounted my Windows 7 partition and opened win.ini (text file) and was able to copy, cut, paste, in other words, all the same actions as I could do on my OS X partition.

    I can write to the drive or even move files from my OS X partition on to the Windows 7 partition. Full write access.

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    I am having that same problem too. Installed NTFS mounter and I cant write to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LogicBox View Post
    I am having that same problem too. Installed NTFS mounter and I cant write to it.
    As I stated in the thread above, it works for me. Many other folks are also using it successfully. Remember you have to "select" your NTFS partition after you start the mounter otherwise it will not work.

    If it fails to work right for you, purchase "Paragon NTFS". It's on sale right now for $29.95.

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    There is also a free option called NTFS3G. You also need MacFUSE for it to run.

    Maybe a little offtopic, how is it with NTFS Mounter and 64bit support? Any feedback? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scathe View Post
    There is also a free option called NTFS3G. You also need MacFUSE for it to run.
    Unless they've done some more work on it, I do not recommend using NTFS 3G as it produces errors which can lead to disk corruption. Doesn't do it all the time but once is enough to mess up your Windows partition.

    Quote Originally Posted by scathe View Post
    Maybe a little offtopic, how is it with NTFS Mounter and 64bit support? Any feedback? Thanks.
    Not sure I know what you mean? Are you referring to whether it will work with a 64 bit version of Windows? If so, yes it will work. NTFS is NTFS.

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    @chscag, I meant if NTFS Mounter works when booted with 64bit Mac OS kernel. That's the biggest problem for me, that Paragon and NTFS3G only work under 32bit kernel. Unless I've overslept again and Paragon has introduced 64bit kernel support lately?

    as for NTFS3G producing errors, well, it is a free solution without support and any further development after all

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    Ah, OK I understand what you're asking. Honestly, I haven't tried it from the 64bit Kernel. I suppose I could test it to see if it will read my Windows 7 partition. Let me get back to you on that.

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    This app caused endless spinning beachball for me when attempting to mount the Untitled drive from the Cat icon. Then Spotlight went into endless indexing mode. I had to do some tinkering to get things back to normal. Needless to say, I deleted this app immediately! I presume this is why it isn't "officially supported"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by joec1101 View Post
    This app caused endless spinning beachball for me when attempting to mount the Untitled drive from the Cat icon. Then Spotlight went into endless indexing mode. I had to do some tinkering to get things back to normal. Needless to say, I deleted this app immediately! I presume this is why it isn't "officially supported"...
    Are you referring to NTFS Mounter? All NTFS mounter does is use the code built into 10.6 Snow Leopard. The same thing can be done from a Terminal window but NTFS mounter does it all for you so you will not to type the terminal commands all the time. The NTFS Write is built into 10.6.

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    @chscag, I meant if NTFS Mounter works when booted with 64bit Mac OS kernel.
    I just tried it. Booted into the 64 bit kernel, started NTFS Mounter and was able to write a file to one of my NTFS partitions on an external drive. So the answer is yes it works both for the 32 and 64 bit kernels.

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    Thanks for the info

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    I also have a problem with nfts mounter. I've followed all of the instructions but I can't put any files onto my external hard drive. I got it to work once before but don't why it's not working anymore.
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