Sunday, November 25, 2007

How to read and write NTFS partition in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Boot Camp in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard enables user to easily install Windows XP together with Mac OS X on a intel-based apple computer. However Mac OS X 10.5 can natively read, but not write, NTFS partition which is commonly used by Windows XP. In order to both read and write Windows partition in Mac OS, we can format Windows partition as FAT. Here is another approach to bypass this limitation.
1. Download and install MacFUSE for Mac OS X 10.5
2. Download and install NTFS-3g for Mac OS
3. Restart! If you are lucky you can try read and write your Windows' NTFS partition now.
This approach work on my Mac OS X 10.5 + 10.5.1 updates and Windows XP SP2 with NTFS partition on MacBook Pro (Model Identifier MacBookPro3,1).

Before you decide to proceed, google "read write NTFS Mac OS X leopard" to be informed of newest advancement and check for latest versions of MacFUSE and NTFS-3g.

1. MacFUSE
2. NTFS-3g
3. NTFS-3g for Mac OS
4. Filesystem in Userspace
5. Filesystem in Userspace
6. NTFS on your Mac