Monday, August 9, 2021

NTFS Support in MacOS operating system

As state multiple times in my earlier article, Apple's MAC operating system has been my primary working platform and will do most of the stuff in my MacBook Pro. There has been situation, where the activities would have been much easier in MAC operating system and other activities that would have been much complicated. One such activity or the concern that I noticed while using my MAC is the NTFS support unavailability and would like to detail further about the complications in this article. Following are my observations
  • Lack of write functionality: Even though MAC operating system has functionality to read NTFS formatted drives or USB devices, there is no option to copy paste the files from MAC to the external drive. Often either the USB drive or External hard disk had to be formatted completely for the files to be copied. I understand there are many external solutions available as software to enable write functionality in NTFS formatted files system, However, most of those software functionalities are either to be purchased or had to extensive research to find freeware solutions.
  • Backward compatibility of MAC filesystem in Windows or other devices: Other concerning scenario is that, when the USB drive or external file device is formatted with MAC operating system, the files are not detected in most used Windows operating systems and other devices like music systems or TVs. Apple should have at least had commonly used filesystem for external drive or USB files. I understand that MAC enables users to format external devices or USB drive in FAT32 filesystem, however these filesystems are outdated and takes long time for the files to be copied. 
Hope, Apple brings this long-delayed NTFS filesystem support in its upcoming OS or at least have unified filesystem that are read by commonly used Windows Operating system devices and in other devices like music systems, TVs, etc. For more such articles, please feel free to check out the articles published in G R Team Sites. 

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