I've just bought my first mac ever.. the 15" new rMBP. I bought the Transcend 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive - Military Drop Standards (TS1TSJ25M3) to use for time machine backups. I have a few questions I'm really hoping you guys could help me with please? 1. I've heard that I have to format the drive to work with a mac when it first arrives. How do I do this? 2. I've been using Microsoft synctoy for backing up data on my windows laptop. Is the time machine the same thing? Synctoy actually syncs folders from my laptop to my external hard drive. Is time machine the same concept? 3. I want to divide about 750 gb of the hard drive for time machine backups, and leave about 250 gb for transferring files from the windows pc to the mac. How would I do this? 4. One last really stupid question.. sorry in advance.. So, with synctoy I backup my important folders like, my pictures, my documents and my videos. If I use time machine, and my mac crashes... my windows laptop won't be able to access these folders and files, right? So is there another option like microsoft synctoy for the mac? Thank you very much for your help! I really appreciate it!