Can I transfer existing files coming from Windows to Mac?

Hypothetical situation here, but just in case. I have a My Passport with all my files that I’ve been using on Windows. Now I’m planning to buy a Mac in the future, so can I just transfer my files from My Passport straight to Mac? I’ve been reading that Mac requires a different format, so I’m afraid that if my old laptop kicks the bucket and all I have are my files in My Passport, will I still be able to transfer them to Mac ? Or do I lose them forever because I need to reformat? (Oh no )

Thank you folks!!

Macs can READ Windows-formated (NTFS) drives, but without additional software, cannot WRITE to an NTFS drive.

So you should be OK recovering your files.

Whew! Thanks for the clarification!