For some reason, Elyssa wouldn’t automatically mount hard drives for me any more. And if you’re like me, you probably rolled up your sleeves and tried to edit fstab numerous times. But if you’ve been pulling your hair out reading threads like this, and still haven’t found a neat, simple solution, here’s one that really worked for me on Elyssa: just install ntfs-config from the repositories, and you’re set! Go to Start -> NTFS Configuration Tool, and select the desired options.
UPDATE July 15, 2008: Be sure to have the to-be-auto-mounted-hard-drives *unmounted* before you click on the NTFS Configuration Tool icon (otherwise, it won’t recognize them).