Iam new to forums. Fairly computer literate, can follow well written instructions etc. Hopefully you clever folk out in the ether can help me and my plight.
My dilema. I have a pc laptop. I use a seagate 1 tb external hard drive. It stores my entire music collection and photo librarys. The hard drive is formated in NTFS. upon right clicking the ext hard drive and format, the only options are ntfs and ex fat.
I have just bought my wife a mac book for her birthday. we are both new to mac, although I love itunes and use my ipod etc. Ive read on the net that the ext hard drive needs to be formated in Fat 32 to be able to work between the too (pc and mac book)??? Now I am nervous to just simply try this as I have 2000 albums and loads of photos and dont wont to lose or disrupt the files etc.
Now I have been daring and put a simple 2gb usb stick into the mac with 20 photos and it works fine etc. and interacts without issue between mac and pc.
The crunch -
Can I use my ext hard drive as it is in its current ntfs format and plug it into the usb in the mac book with one hundred % garantee that none of my precious music or photos files will be lost or mal functioned ??? or do I need to re format the ext hard drive to fat 32 first? If so can it be formatted into the fat 32 if this is not one of the options (only options being ntfs or exfAT).
I really look forward to everyones awesome advice in this learning process. Forever hopeful and learning?
and many thanks in advance.
Fingers crossed the answers come forth and hit me right between the eyes.