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External hard drive use on both PC and Mac

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I am a film student and have access to Lacie 160GB external firewire hard drive. Our school's computers are MAC and use Final Cut Pro 4.  I have a Dell Dimension 8300 w/ win XP and am currently using Adobe Premier Pro and will be purchasing Avid Express Pro.  My problem is when I connect the hard drive to my computer, I am prompted to format in NFTS.  The manufacturer reccommends using FAT 32 formant for use on both computers.  HOw do I change the format setting or can I have two different partitions and no interference?  Also, this is not my hard drive, it's the school's.
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If you are not given the option to format in FAT32, you could always format it in FAT32 on a different system prior to installing it on the XP system.  
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That doesn't sound right.  If your Windows XP's system disk is FAT32, the system can still read an NTFS disk.  

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