Hi, I just recently purchased a 320 GB Seagate FreeAgent Go External Drive. I would have wanted to purchase the Go drive for Mac but i couldn't find it here. Anyway, I bought this drive to back up my files in my good ol' ibook g4, running on Tiger before i upgrade to Leopard. I have been using this ibook for a good 5 years now but i have absolutely no clue where to begin when it comes to the initialization as this is my first time to buy an external HD. I have been to the online support site of seagate but it is not very helpful. The Seagate drive shows up on my screen and is recognized by my ibook no problem. It runs on a Windows NTFS format so the S.M.A.R.T status naturally reads-- Not supported. So the my questions are a) what is the first thing i do? Do i format it? Or format then partition it, etc? I have no idea what is required to do. I have read that some recommend partitioning while some dont and that it's also different if you will be backing up software files etc etc. In my case, will be backing up mostly pictures and music and some ms office files, a few vids and mac games. And then, after all this is done, b) will i be able to pull out some files (music, pics, ms office files) to use in my PC based laptop that i use at work or will this corrupt my drive? I would really appreciate it if you guys could help me out. I'm totally confused. Thanks in advance!