WinXP uses the NT filesystem (ntfs) which may not be a part of your kernel (the software that interacts with your computer components and lets your programs use that hardware). But let's check first.
First, log in as a normal user. Ok? Then open up a terminal (the place where you can type at the command line). Then, as was suggested
use this command
then enter your password. Ok?
Now run fdisk -l
Copy everything it prints by highlighting everything and then using your "third" mouse button to paste into a message here at the forum.
You should see that you have more than one harddrive printing out when you run fdisk -l
You will probably see a list with a few /dev/hda* and /dev/hdb* terms listed. They will have numbers in the asterisk to indicate the number of the partition.
So, if fdisk -l lists more than /dev/hda (your Maxtor harddisk I am sure), you will be able to get music from the windows partitions.
If you see the windows partition, then you use the command locate fstab to find this file. Open it up with a text editor--vi or emacs--(make sure to exit FIRST so that you are no longer the root user). Then copy and paste into your next post. It is probably safe to assume that this drive is not being mounted though so you can just try this:
First as root user umount /mnt/winXP if you get some error "not found" then just ignore it and do the following as root
mkdir /mnt/winXP (enter)
then mount /dev/hdb* /mnt/winXP
then cd /mnt/winXP
if you DIDNT get an error (which is totally unlikely) then skip mkdir /mnt/winXP
Now you have access! As the root user you can use your music. You might try cd /mnt/winXP as a regular user. I am not sure if this will work or not. You may be (havent tried on my computer) able to change the permissions of /mnt/winXP or put the windows partition in fstab with the hope of having it be mountable by any user, but for now I am not sure (then again my ntfs partitions are on a Dynamic Disk so my inability to chmod the ntfs partitions may be due to that).
Sorry bout the last paragraph....rambling...
Anyway, if fdisk -l shows nothing, then you probably dont have ntfs compiled into your kernel....You will have to look around to get that done. I use Debian and kernel compiling is very easy so Im not sure about doing it on other systems.