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If the drives are in an external USB disclosure, they might be auto-detected as USB devices. NTSF support is available under Linux but not all distros include it be default. Debian, for example, does not; Debian is aggressively free.
Open your menu and open the Synaptic package manager. Now use the search bar to find the ntfs-3g package. If it is not already installed, mark it for installing and apply the changes. If you now plug in your USB-drive it should be auto-mounted (means there should be a popup, or a file-manager opens). Now copy your files as you wish.
For info how to use wine you should have a look at their website, a lot of info there. You also should look for a program you want to install with wine in the application databasebefore you try to install it.
Then the next question that seemed obvious is whether he actually tried to connect the disk drive(s) to the computer. The original post asked whether to use the internal disk controller or a USB adapter/converter. I don't think that he actually connected a data disk to the Linux machine. If he did then he may have found that "it just works".
Last edited by stress_junkie; 04-11-2011 at 08:29 PM.