How to access NTFS drives on MacOS

It has been a nightmare for me to have read/write access on NTFS external drives on MacOS. I came across couple of paid third party tools which enabled write access on the NTFS external drives; but of course I used the trial version of those tools. The trial expired and then I put some time to figure out if I can re-set the trial version but in vain. Then I thought to dig into the functionality of what those tools are actually doing. I might not have found the exact answer but I found how to enable write access on NTFS external drives on MacOS.

I came across a tutorial and then used the non-recommended approach.

First, be sure that your drive has a convenient single-word label. If it doesn’t, change its label. This will make this process easier.

You’ll first need to launch a terminal. Navigate to Applications > Utilities > Terminal or press Command+Space, type Terminal, and press Enter.

Type the following command into the terminal to open the /etc/fstab for editing in the nano text editor:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Add the following line to nano, replacing “NAME” with the label of your NTFS drive:

LABEL=NAME none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

Press Ctrl+O to save the file after you’re done, and then press Ctrl+X to close nano.

(If you have multiple NTFS drives you want to write to, add a different line for each.)

Connect the drive to the computer  — unplug it and reconnect it if it’s already connected — and you’ll see it under the “/Volumes” directory. In a Finder window, you can click Go > Go to Folder and type “/Volumes” into the box to access it. It won’t pop up automatically and appear on your desktop like drives normally do.

To undo this change later, just repeat the above process to open the /etc/fstab file in nano. Delete the line you added to the file and save your changes.


#Ingress #AegisNova #ENLMY



I started playing Ingress last year in December and participated in my first Ingress XM Anomaly. It has been very interesting ride so far. I got in touch with other Enlightened agents and participated in farming sessions. Then finally on 25th June 2016, we battled against Resistance to win the AegisNova KL Anomaly.


Are you holding a bat?

What is a better way to celebrate 75th anniversary of Pakistan Resolution day?

Though Pakistan holds their Republic Day after seven years (click here for more details) of chaos and mishaps; I was more fantasised with Wahab v Watson article on Cricinfo. A 29-year old Lahori, Wahab Riaz, made his name in history of ODI cricket and made us remember the legend, Wasim Akram. It’s not only Wahab’s performance that made me excited but it’s the comments from all around the world, from different countries, from different ages … how they praised Wahab Riaz.

“Are you holding a bat?” – a simple question from Watson to Wahab gave him the push he needed. I wish Watson should have said something similar to everyone in Pakistani team; but whatever.

Though Pakistan got knocked out from World Cup 2015, but Wahab Riaz kept our words in front of our non-Pakistani colleagues. He showed that Pakistan has the best bowling attack; and if we had good support in batting and fielding, we would have been the strongest team.

Now we have a long way ahead. I wish Pakistan Cricket Board arrange couple of series with other countries in coming months, so that we can see some more action form our action figures. 🙂

Cricket Match with SMACK & SMSJ & Johor Veteran in Skudai

Me and couple of my colleagues went to Johar Bahru to participate in a cricket match(es) with SMACK (Sains Muar Alumni Cricketers) and SMSJ (Sekolah Menegah Sains Johor) and Johor Veterans.

Since Johor Bahru is almost 350 KM from Kuala Lumpur, we left on previous day and checked into a budget hotel; which was not what we expected. 😛

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Instead of staying at hotel, we roamed around Danga beach and found nothing to eat and drink.

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Next day we checked out, and reached Mutiara Rini Cricket Ground at Skudai; We were very early at the ground. We saw the ground staff driving rollers on pitch and arranging sight screens and adjusting boundary lines and creases. It was a great experience.

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We got together after changing out dresses for some quick snapshots before matches.

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Then we started playing cricket. 😀

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After 5-6 hours of play; it began to rain and our day washed out. All we could do was pack and enjoy the rain. 😛

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On our way back to Kuala Lumpur; couple of good scenes …

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Cricket Match with SMACK & ASSAK @ KTJ Mantin

Me and couple of my colleagues went to KTJ (Kolej Tuanku Ja’afer) in Mantin about 50 KM outside Kuala Lumpur. We played for SMACK (Sains Muar Alumni Cricketers) against ASSAK (Alumni Sains Kedah & Sains Sultan Mohamad Jiwa).

We had lots and lots of fun but very little pictures.

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Journey to the center of TARDIS via Google Maps

For those who don’t know; TARDIS is “Time and Relative Dimension in Space“. It is a time machine used by The Doctor in a British TV Series – The Doctor. The Doctor is a Time Lord and he travels to and fro in time to maintain balance in universe.


One of my geek friend sent me a link of a post which explained how you can find and enter TARDIS in Google Maps. The link to the post is here.


By visiting the Google Maps page for Earl’s Court Rd, London and clicking on the double arrows pointed towards an innocuous blue police box, would-be-companions can venture inside the TARDIS. From there the streetview program offers quite a bit of room to explore—it’s bigger on the inside, after all—including multiple levels of the control room.

Geronimo… 😛