Key Takeaways

  • Formatting your external hard drive is a simple solution to make it no longer read-only. Choose the appropriate format based on your needs, such as APFS for Time Machine backup or exFAT for cross-platform use.
  • Paid third-party apps like Paragon Software's NTFS for Mac and Tuxera NTFS for Mac provide an easy and user-friendly way to access and write to NTFS drives on macOS.
  • If you're willing to take the risk, there are experimental methods to enable NTFS write support using Terminal commands or open-source solutions like macFUSE and NTFS-3G. However, these methods may have limitations and security risks.