The first solution to support OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion!
Using a Mac® is a wonderful experience – until you try to use a NTFS-formatted drive, which includes most Windows® hard drives! Because in order to create, delete or modify any files on Windows NTFS drives you need Paragon NTFS for Mac® - after minutes you won’t remember there ever was a problem. Remove the barriers between NTFS and HFS with ease and confidence!
The first solution to support OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion!
Why do I need this product and what does it offer to me?
1 What exactly is Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X?
Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X is a low-level file system driver specially developed by Paragon Software Group from the ground up. The driver is based on unique Paragon Technology called Universal Files System Driver (UFSD). It provides reliable, fast and full read/write access to Windows NTFS file system under Mac® OS X like native file systems and completely supports Mac® OS X 10.5 Leopard, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion with x86 architecture and all NTFS versions - from Windows NT 3.1 up to Windows 7.
On one hand Mac® OS X doesn’t provide write access to NTFS partitions at all. On the other, Windows does not know a thing about HFS+, the primary file system for Macintosh computers. Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X is intended to open up an effective two-way communication channel between Mac and Windows. There are a number of basic use scenarios:
1. You’re a Boot Camp user (Mac OS X + Windows) who can really appreciate full read/write access to NTFS under Mac 2. You need to transfer data (files over 4GB) from your Mac to a Windows-based computer with an external hard drive. The FAT32 file system well supported by both operating systems cannot be used on that external drive, since it cannot process files over 4 GB 3. You’re not willing to bother with what file system your thumb drive or external hard disk uses. The only thing that matters is a 100% guarantee you’ll get access to them 4. You need to provide unhampered data exchange within mixed corporate environment (Mac and Windows users).
4 What does Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X software include?
The following components are included in the NTFS for Mac® OS X software: • Mac® UFSD Module – a low-level NTFS file system driver for OS X • Check NTFS Utility – checks NTFS partition integrity, fix errors, creates and displays a status report about NTFS file system • Make NTFS Utility – formats any partition as NTFS under Mac® OS 10.5 and higher • Installer/Uninstaller – to easily install and uninstall the software • Register application – to easily register the software
Launch the installation process by clicking on the supplied DMG disk image - NTFSforMacOSXx.x.dmg. After the installation package is extracted you can choose whether to install/uninstall the driver, read the manual or license agreement. Click “NTFS for Mac® OS X x.x” to install the driver. After going through the installation wizard the driver will be installed.
12 Will Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X give me write access so that I can change the icon of my windows drive?
Yes. Go to the Terminal application and execute: /Developer/Tools/SetFile -a C /Volumes/NTFS and then create ".VolumeIcon.icns" on an NTFS partition (in the root directory) for which icon(s) you would like to change.
14 How does the NTFS for Mac® OS X driver handle compressed files?
NTFS supports its own compression feature. It is impossible (without a special copy routine) to copy compressed files or directories “as is” - because after the reading step we get the uncompressed file or directory. However, if the destination folder is compressed (on an NTFS partition), then the file or folder will be compressed too.
15 How does the Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X driver copy files with NTFS security attributes?
NTFS supports its own security attributes for files and folders, and it follows that other files systems can’t recognize these attributes. When one copies a file or folder to non-NTFS partitions, the file or folder accepts default security attributes that are used for this file system. If one copies a file or folder to a NTFS file system (any version), all security attributes will be inherited from the destination folder.
NTFS is an acronym for New Technology File System. NTFS comes with Windows NT and is much more up-to-date, stable and reliable than FAT or FAT 32. This file system was designed for use specifically with Windows OS. It supports long file names, huge disk partitions and files, full security access control, the ability to recover files/directories and its structure in case of a hardware failure, etc. NTFS File System is available in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.
Yes. The NTFS File System is a replacement for the FAT (File Allocation Table). It gives many advantages over the other file systems such as the ability to restore files/directories and its structure in case of a hardware failure, improved security, support of huge files/partitions, etc. The main disadvantages of FAT 32 file system that a Mac® user may encounter are: a. FAT 32 partition can’t be greater than 32GB; b. FAT 32 partition can’t store files greater than 4GB.
UFSD (Universal File System Drivers) is a unique technology specially developed by Paragon Software Group to provide full access (read/write, format, etc.) to volumes of the popular file systems such as NTFS, FAT, ExtFS, etc. under various platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac® OS X etc.) in case these file systems are not supported.
The Universal File System Driver Software Development Kit (UFSD SDK) is intended for development of the Applications providing the following main features: • Access to unmounted (drive letter is not assigned) partitions • Access to file systems including none-supported for DOS, Linux, Mac® OS X and Windows OS family • Platform-independent UFSD API
UFSD provides access directly to the physical devices. That is why it can process partitions regardless of their OS support. With UFSD it is possible to mount NTFS partitions under Mac® OS X, thus getting access to its contents, just the way it is realized in the NTFS for Mac® OS X driver, and it also allows direct access via physical device addressing, the way it is realized in UFSD SDK.
UFSD technology provides access to the following file systems: • NTFS under Windows 98 • NTFS under DOS • NTFS under Linux • NTFS under Mac® OS X • HFS+ under Windows® • HFS+ under Linux • HFS+ under DOS • Ext2/3FS, Reiser under Windows/DOS • FAT under Linux • Extended Filesystem (Ext2/Ext3) under Mac® OS X
Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X driver supports NTFS volume up to 2 TB (Terrabyte) (was tested) and more. There is no limitation to a maximum NTFS volume size (but subject to kernel and NTFS limitations / specifications).
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