This method automounts media and automatically places icons for them on the Gnome desktop.

First
Code:
gksu gedit /etc/fstab
and check for an entry for the NTFS partition. Mine reads
Code:
/dev/hda1	/media/windows	ntfs	ro,user,noauto,umask=0	0	0
An excellent reference for understanding and editing fstab can be found here.

Second
Code:
apt-get install gnome-volume-manager
Third
Code:
apt-get remove usbmount
Fourth
Code:
apt-get install pmount
Finally, go System>Preferences>Sessions>Startup Programs and make sure Volume Manager is present with a check in the box.