Yeah right ... well, Windows is "out of reach" for now. Guess I will have to try Pmagic to get NTFS on it .... I would prefer EXT3 but as I said earlier, sometimes I got to share things, even with Windows fan's
Thanks for all the suggestions, will post later (Tomorrow, it's late here now) in how far this is/was the solution.
There is software for Windows that will allow it to access an ext3 filesystem (not sure what it is ... Google should help).
As such, a possible approach (and if you don't care to go down this road, that is, of course, fine!) would be to re-partiton the drive with a small (relative, depending on the total size of the drive ... 1 GB, perhaps, for >20GB ... 1/2 GB for <20GB?) FAT partition. The balance could then be one big ext3 filesystem.
The ext3 Windows software could be stored on the FAT partition, and then used on any Windows machine that may need to access the larger partition.
In reality, the single NTFS approach is simpler. I just trust ext3 more