Installing NTFS Support in OS X Lion

For the past 24 hours I've been trying to find the perfect way to configure an external hard drive to be able to use it in OS X, Linux and Windows. At last, I decided to go with the dual partition model (one in HFS+ for Time Machine, and the other one in NTFS for maximum compatibility with Windows, and allowing me to save files bigger than 4GB in size)

When I plugged in the HDD in the Mac, I realised that OS X does not have native write support for NTFS.

I did some research and found different solutions: One of them involves buying commercial software like Paragon's NTFS for Mac and another one involves using open source software.

I decided to go with the second option, and I've found that this is the easiest way to install everything in OS X Lion.

Installation steps

1) Download NTFS-3g from SourceForge (The latest version is from 2010 but it works)

2) Install NTFS-3g as usual, but personalize the installation and untick the MacFuse option.

3) Download Fuse for OSX (This is the successor of MacFUSE, which stopped working in the latest versions of OS X)

4) Install Fuse for OSX and make sure that you tick the 'install MacFuse compatibility' option.

5) Reboot the Mac (I'm not sure if this is required, but the installer recommends it).

6) Plug in the NTFS drive and you should be good to go