It doesn't seem too long ago when Mac users had to use Windows through virtualisation using software such as Virtual PC, which was almost unusable and dog slow, even on the fastest Mac. With the launch of Intel-based Macs, this enabled virtualisation developers to use the chipset directly, thus it's now possible to use Parallels for Mac or VMware Fusion, running Windows on top of Mac OS X, with only a small performance hit.
The alternative is Bootcamp, which is official Apple technology that will enable you to create a Windows partition on your drive and boot directly in to a native version of Windows, running full-speed on your Intel-based Mac. This is superb for users who want to run professional Windows software on their Mac or require complete compatibility for testing their applications.
Problem is, when you move back to the Mac, most of your important documents and other files are stored on your Windows partition. One solution is Paragon NTFS for Mac, which will open up your Windows partition, or any external Windows drive, so you can read and write to the drive as you would if you were still in Windows. Simply put, you can now access and write to NTFS-based drives within OS X.
V3.co.uk has teamed up with Paragon Software to offer its readers a full commercial version of Paragon NTFS for Mac 6.5, worth £24, for free. You can download the software here. Hurry though as this promotion will be online from today only through to 4 August.
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