Enable native NTFS read/write support in Snow Leopard

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Snow Leopard has the ability to mount NTFS volumes as read/write, but it’s not enabled by default.

Here’s how to get full read/write support for NTFS drives in Snow Leopard :

  1. In Terminal, type diskutil info /Volumes/volume_name, where volume_name is the name of the NTFS volume. From the output, copy the Volume UUID value to the clipboard.
  2. Back up /etc/fstab if you have it; it shouldn’t be there in a default install.
  3. Type sudo vi /etc/fstab.
  4. In the editor, type UUID=, then paste the UUID number you copied from the clipboard. Type a Space, then type none ntfs rw. The final line should look like this: UUID=123-456-789 none ntfs rw, where 123-456-789 is the UUID you copied in the first step.
  5. Repeat the above steps for any other NTFS drives/partitions you have.
  6. Save the file and quit nano (Control-X, Y, Enter), then restart your system.

After rebooting, NTFS partitions should natively have read and write support. (Thanks go to Chrysaor,  who discovered this).

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