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sudo nautilus then passward copy from windows drive to your linux drive. it is all up to permission there is no reason why your multimedia player running in a linux environment can not see read or play from your windows partition. it is up to you to set the permission of the user to allow them to enter that partition. vista that I know uses ntfs partition and if your using gnome edit your setting so your nautilus file manager opens as a browser. then you will see on the left all your hard drive partitions you can mount.
check /media/ also
remember if it is not mounted you can't import
if you do not have permission to access the disk drive then you can't import
let your user have -> disk <- permission.
I don't really understand what you mean by importing your music. Amarok can play music from a vista partition just fine, provided it's mounted. Just click on Engage -> Play Media and choose your music files in the directory where the vista partition is mounted.
you are correct, vista would most likely use ntfs by default as its 'security' features rely on it, these are not present in FAT32, however, the OP states:
Anyone know of any other players that can import from vista's FAT32 partition?
so that's why I did this.
and rebooting is what works for me as I don't know all the command line tricks, it also helps confirming and testing that what I did actually works the way I meant it. I am no expert, I am just starting to think that I am at advanced user level.
Thanks for that. I apparently made a mistake though, as vista's partition IS ntfs. I had been using my slackware laptop, and it uses EXT2. I couldn't remember which file system vista was, and knowing slack was ext2, i figured vista was FAT32. sorry about that!
i've been busy and haven't been able to do this yet, but i'll tell you how it goes. thanks everyone.