If the drive(s) do mount, you can check the mount status of the drive(s) by tying mount in a terminal window.
/dev/sda1 on / type ext3 (rw)
none on /proc type proc (rw)
none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw)
/dev/sda7 on /home type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda6 on /var type ext3 (rw)
Above is a partial output of my partitions. The rw
Must be done as root
If you want to access your windows files and prevent anyone from deleting or modifying any data, type this at the terminal:
mount /dev/sdxx -o ro,remount
sdxx = The windows partition. This will remount your windows partition to a read-only filesystem.
Or to unmount the partition, type
If you are using a ubuntu derivative type distro, prefix the command with sudo
sudo mount /dev/sdxx -o ro,remount