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External HD: Format Question

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I have been downloading quite a lot of albums and movies from iTunes lately. I need to backup these purchases. I bought a Western Digital Passport, Model # WD2500ME-01 for this purpose.

Could someone tell me if I can just plug the external drive in and it is ready to go? Or do I need to format this first before transferring files? If formatting is required what method should I use? NTFS or FAT32?

This WD Passport External Drive will be used only for iTunes purchases. I contacted iTunes support. They sent me to Western Digital Support. I have been waiting a more than a week for WD support to respond.

I realize this is a noobish and dull thread. I just need a difinitive yes or no answer from the OCN pros. I can't afford to screw this up. Thank you.
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If you plug the externall hdd, its ready to go, just copy and paste the files across
post #3 of 5
How big is the drive ? If smaller , than FAT32, if its bigger than NTFS : http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm

I am pretty sure that they are formated , but a clean full format is always good .
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If you're running a Windows OS (which you are) just plug in the external hard-drive and it should be just plug and play.

The most you might have to do is initialize the drive but if should appear as another volume in My Computer.
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Thanks to all for your quick and very helpful responses.
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