Thanks for that further advise Alexzee. I will try both of those formats and will check out S.M.A.R.T. Please remember though, I can only format in Win.Though the drive is recognized in Windows:
You might want to test that hard drive to see it's health with a program called S.M.A.R.T.
Hard drives use S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) to gauge their own reliability and determine if they’re failing. You can view your hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. data and see if it has started to develop problems.www.howtogeek.com
I posted a link for you in post #4 to format the drive.
There are several ways to format the drive using Mint if you'd like.
Maybe give ext 4 or NTFS a go.