hi guy, this problem probably has already been discussed to death but i can't find the answer i need...or the answer is probably there but is to techy for me to understand. please bare with my limited computer knowledge i understand HFS+ is the newer/superior technology, native to OSX, more stable and flexible than FAT32, and if i decide this disk will only mount to OSX machines then there's no need for a fat32 volume. here's my question: what if time to time i need to move files to a PC (probably >5% of the time), can i connect this drive to my mac, connect another external drive that's formatted to fat32 (likely a USB thumb drive), and copy the file's I need over for that one for the PC to read/copy? the scenario is this: i often travel to undeveloped countries where i'm very limited to how i can copy files to another computer that may need to access my files (e.g. presentations, documents, spreadsheet, etc). can i copy the file from the HFS+ external drive to another FAT32 external drive or USB thumb drive for a 2nd PC to read/write? i don't usually need the drive to be accessible across multiple platforms because all the computers at home are macs as are most at work. i just need to be able to copy/move files every once in a while from the drive to a PC when sending files over a network is not available. not sure if i'm stating my question correctly, but i'm just asking if i decide to format my new drive to HFS+ can I copy files from that drive to another drive that it's in FAT32 format for another PC to read/write? i'm confusing myself, lol also, side note, if i'm in boot camp or parallel running windows, can i still read/write to the HFS+ volume? i understand i can create a small partition for this purpose but since i'll probably only need it >5% of the time i'd rather not waste the disc space which is only 256Gb sorry for the long read and thanks for the help!