I am new to Linux, totally new. I installed PCLinuxOS following howtos and was successfully dual boot my win XP and PCLOS, thank you very much. I partitioned my 60 G laptop hard drive as following: 30 G for Window, 10G for Linux and swap, 20G for /home. I also used samba to connect to my husband's drive in another laptop running XP. My problem is that I can see my files in Window drive and my husband drive but cannot do anything with it. I can open it, read, but after that cannot make any change (i.e save my change) .... I cannot copy a file to those Window drives also. I also have some external drives (USB hard drives and USB thumb drives) that were used well with Windows. I have not tried with Linux but wonder if they can be used ? In the contrary, in Window, I cannot see my files in Linux drives also. Please help since I don't want to copy back and forward between those two kinds of drives. Thanks in advance.