I have a problem mounting my secondary NTFS HDD for my user account, which concerns permissions for it.

I have used chmod 777 on both /mnt/sthd (as in storage hdd) and /dev/hdb1 (actual device name), and fstab reads:

/dev/hda3        swap             swap        defaults                 0   0
/dev/hda2        /                ext3        defaults                 1   1
/dev/hdb1        /sthd            ntfs        user,uid=500,gid=500     0   0
/dev/hdc         /mnt/cdrom       auto        noauto,user,ro           0   0
/dev/hdd         /mnt/cdrom2      auto        noauto,user,ro  	       0   0
devpts           /dev/pts         devpts      gid=5,mode=620           0   0
proc             /proc            proc        defaults                 0   0

But when I try to mount with user, it says: only root is allowed to do that.
When I then mount it as superuser, I cannot access the mount point with my user account. I can see it, but I get the message that I don't have permissions to access it.

What could be the cause of this?

I have tried both using the fourth column fstab setting user and users.

Thanks in advance