That's quite a lot of data there!
Samba is used to create/view network "shares". This is not what you're looking for.
Since you have all your partitions as NTFS, you will be able to read the files without a problem, but you won't be able to write the them. As XavierP mentioned, writing to NTFS is sketchy at best. However, if your partitions are not actually full (please tell me you haven't got 240Gb of data!) then all is not lost.
Personally, I would sort out the storage before
Let's look at your setup, and make some assumptions - let's say, you've only used 50% of the space on any given partition:
- C: = 20GB, 10Gb used
- D: = 50Gb, 25Gb used
- E: = 50GB, 25Gb used
- F: = 20GB, 10Gb used
- G: = 50Gb, 25Gb used
- H: = 50Gb, 25Gb used
Since you have many "drives", I would do this:
Create a new "folder" on D and on G, called "E stuff", for instance. Move/copy 1/2 (ie 12.5Gb) of files onto D and the other 1/2 onto G. This way you have a 50Gb partition that is now empty. Reformat it as FAT32 (if Windows won't let you format a FAT32 partition that size, try Knoppix - Windows will still and use it). Move your files back from D and G to your shiny new FAT32 version of E.
Do the same for all the partitions that you need. With some finigling and luck, you will end up with all your "Data" partitions as FAT32.
Now you can install Linux.
You should always
have a backup of your important
data (ie data that you cannot, under any circumstances, afford to lose) before attempting to do anything like this.