External drive format - NTFS/FAT32?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by zkw29, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. zkw29 macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2009
    I'm going to buy my first Macbook this weekend and I'm trying to get myself ready so that I don't have to waste precious playing time on stuff like this :)

    I have an external hard drive filled with music, videos and files. I would like to keep using my drive on my mac to access my files and save backups etc. The hard drive is in NTFS format and from what I understand the mac will be able to read but not write to it - which isn't what I want.

    Ideally I don't want to lose the content on the drive, but if I have to I could slowly copy it all onto dvds. If possible I also want the drive to be compatible with Windows so I can plug it into parents/friends/uni's computers and still be able to view/add content on rare occasions.

    What format should the drive be and how do I do that? (I think I can manage to do it once someone points me in the right direction)

  2. vorkorsigan macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2008

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