Pros and Cons of Using NTFS Software on Apple’s New Big Sur Update

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Apple seems to have outdone itself with three huge announcements one after the other. The tech community cannot stop writing rave reviews about all three of the following releases.

  • New macOS 11  
  • New M1 Silicon Chip
  • New MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini 

Here is what we already know.  

  • The new macOS 11 is claimed to be the most advanced macOS yet by Apple. 
  • The new M1 Chip has set industry benchmarks in terms of their CPU and GPU performances.  
  • The hugely popular new Mac lineup has gotten a new lease of life thanks to fresh updates.  

Here is what we do not know (or lack clarity on)- Does the new macOS Big Sur support the very popular and utilized third-party NTFS for Mac software?

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In this article, we are going to look at some pros and cons of using NTFS software on macOS Big Sur. If you are someone who is looking to shift from a Mojave or Catalina to a Big Sur, you should pay attention.

Does NTFS for Mac Software work on Apple’s new Big Sur Update?

The right answer to that question is- Yes and No!
Let us begin with the ‘No’.

During our research for this article, we tested several of the so-called leading NTFS for Mac software on the market. While we expected that some free versions might not be compatible, results showed that even the paid versions are not compatible!

We found several problems, including missing files, corruption, and just complicated ease of use. While older macOS was completely compatible with NTFS for Mac software, it seems that Big Sur has a mind of its own.

Now to the ‘Yes’.

We tested the top five NTFS for Mac software on the market right now and found just one or two of them to be compatible. And the very first software that’s fully compatible with the new macOS is iBoysoft NTFS for Mac. It isn’t only compatible, but our reviewers feel that it does outperform its strength on the Big Sur. While we think that the competition will work around its problems, nevertheless, iBoysoft NTFS for Mac works perfectly on M1 chip MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.


The Pros of Using NTFS Software on Apple’s New Big Sur Update

We will list down some pros in this section-

  1. Using the NTFS software on the Big Sur update allows you to easily transition between macOS and Windows with regards to your data.
  2. You can easily read and write to NTFS files directly from your Apple device and with your macOS Big Sur.
  3. The files do not get corrupted or destroyed if you are using a credible NTFS for Mac software.
  4. This is great for users that switch between multiple systems and have one NTFS-formatted external hard drive for their data needs.
  5. It is affordable, fast, and secure and continues to be the most user-friendly way to read and write to NTFS files on your macOS 11 Big Sur.

The Cons of Using NTFS Software on Apple’s New Big Sur Update

Let us now turn our attention to the cons-

  1. One of the cons when using an NTFS for Mac software on macOS 11 is that some brands are not completely compatible with the new operating system.
  2. If you are working with such a brand, your data might get corrupted or some functions might offer restrictive usage.
  3. Working with the wrong software would also mean that it is taking up a lot of time in initiating requests and with file transfers.

The Bottom Line

We all love good NTFS for Mac software for the convenience it offers us. Using a good one means that you will even forget where you are plugging in an NTFS hard drive.

The other options of modifying the Kernel code in Mac’s Terminal or formatting the drive simply do not cut the problem. While it would have been nice had Apple finally allowed for complete read and write functions on the new Big Sur, it has not happened.


This means that users have the only choice of using a good NTFS driver to help them move between both macOS and Windows operating systems.

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