Hey everyone, I'm rather new to all of this, but I was just wondering if it is relatively straightforward to format an external hard drive (for use with time machine) which comes as FAT or NTFS formatted (out the box) and format it to HFS+ (journaled)? I only ask this because it seems a bit strange how companies like wd and seagate will charge extra money for a special 'mac formatted' version of their hard drives (take the wd passports and the seagate freeagent Go's as an example) If this formatting to HFS is fairly easy to do, once a standard drive has been formatted to HFS file-system, will it essentially be the same as buying one of their 'mac formatted' drives?? Oh yes...how do I go about reformatting this new (out of the box hard drive...disk utility?) - I haven't bought it yet...just wanted to know if your actually paying for someone else to format it for you, or whether there was some other differences. Thanks for your help, and sorry its a bit long winded!