Alright. first off, hello everyone. So I need some help. I have a 2008 MacBook. I'm to the point to where i could use an upgrade. But instead of shelving the MacBook and shelling out for a new one, ive decided to maximize my money and sell it. I have a buyer lined up and everything but my problem comes in with the transition. See i plan to move from the MacBook to an Ipad. i dont own an Ipad yet, and im planning on using my sale of the MacBook to allow me to purchase an Ipad, and then once ive done that i plan on purchasing a new mac in the coming months. but i have a few questions on how to do this best. okay. so i currently have an external hard drive. I have my entire mac backed up using time machine. so im covered there for when i move to a new mac. however, in the interim i need to know what i need to do to be able to maintain my ipad and iphone music collections and whatever. see i have access to a PC through friends and family, so my plan is to sync my iOS devices before i sell the mac, and then using the external in order to update anything necessary (i.e. OS update, adding music, etc.) so how do i setup my external the best way? Do i partition a FAT32 portion of the drive and put all media on there that my iOS devices will use so then the PC's can access the information? Also is there a way to setup an External HDD so that i can manage my devices without leaving a footprint on the computer? I dont expect to be doing this often, i just want to be able to do so if need be. I also need to know how to securely remove any information left on the mac for when i sell it. i dont want to risk any of my personal things to be risked being accessed by someone else. Sorry for all of the needs guys, but this is crucial to me. and i'd love the help!