hmmm... you can mount FAT/FAT32 partitions without having to use samba. Just make sure you have suport in the kernel (most default distros do) and then mount them manually or edit your /etc/fstab.
try this... it's a cheater method as it uses the auto detect in the kernel to determine the mount type. The diff between win and *NIX systems is that instead of having diff drive letters (C: D
you just have diff mount points (/, /home, /mywindowsdrive.
You need to know the drive location on the IDE chain.
/dev/hda -- primary master
/dev/hdb -- primary slave
/dev/hdc -- secondary master
/dev/hdd -- secondary slave
create a new dir from the root ("/").
you need to know which partition you want to be mounted. You can see the partitions with
don't do anything else with fdisk until you are SURE you know what you're doing.
Let's say that your windows partition is on /dev/hdc1:
mount /dev/hdc1 /mywindows
once that works you can unmount it with
(note the spelling it's 'umount' not (uNmount')
If that doesn't work you either don't have the correct permissions or you need some kernel support. You might be able to try a couple of mounting options, but I'll leave that upk to you to browse for in the man pages.
(yeah it was funny the first hundred times beavis.)