Snow Leopard has the ability to mount NTFS volumes as read/write but it’s not enabled by default — just read only is supported as in 10.5. Here’s how to get full read/write support for NTFS drives in Snow Leopard. First uninstall NTFS-3G or Paragon if you’re using either one.
Here’s how to get read/write support for NTFS drives in Snow Leopard:
- 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.
- Back up /etc/fstab if you have it; it shouldn’t be there in a default install.
- Type sudo nano /etc/fstab.
- 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.
- Repeat the above steps for any other NTFS drives/partitions you have.
- 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. This works with both 32- and 64-bit kernels. Support is quite good and fast and it even recognizes file attributes such as hidden files.