External drive format - NTFS/FAT32?

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

  1. zkw29 macrumors newbie

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    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)

    Thanks
    Ian
     
  2. vorkorsigan macrumors member

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