Unfortunately the "user friendly system tools" are either broke or do silly things which is why I recommend templates.
What's the best way to automount
. just by editing /etc/fstab or are there some user friendly system tools to let me automount
some at startup?
Here is the template:
Note: If you have mounted the partition manually already please unmount it.
UUID=DA9056C19056A3B3 /media/WinD ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,umask=000,uid=1000,windows_names 0 0
 To find the correct UUID number:
 You will have to create the mount point yourself, for example:
sudo blkid -c /dev/null
 Then add the template with the correct UUID and mount point to fstab:
sudo mkdir /media/WinD
 And when you are done editing fstab and saving it run the following command to test for errors and mount the partitions without requiring a reboot. You will know before you reboot if something is amiss. :
gksu gedit /etc/fstab
You will never have to rely on a poorly written utility again, you will gain an approving nod from the elder-geeks and become more attractive to those that matter. You will also grow taller, make more money, be able to retire early, and much later on in life your grandchildren will actually want to come over to visit you.