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Read this information on FAT32: Limitations of the FAT32 File System in Windows XP

You can use FAT32 if each individual file is under 4GB per file. The other option is if your girlfriend's Mac is using Snow Leopard OS 10.6 it can read NTFS Windows file format as default but it needs a special software to turn on the writing ability.

There are a few software out there but I haven't personally used them myself so I can't recommend any. Hopefully someone will come on by and recommend one or you can do a search on this forum because it's been mentioned a few times.

So your options are either to use FAT32 which needs no special software to work in both Mac and Windows but it does have some limitations or you can format the hard drive to NTFS and get Snow Leopard to write to it. PC/Mac compatibility just depends on how you format the drive so that it works in either Mac or Windows. This means that any hard drive will work for either system as long as your format it correctly.

Welcome to the forum by the way.
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