Find the device and its partition in a terminal window:
sudo fdisk -l
Numbers indicate a partition of that particular mounted device. Linux will reserve room for swap space and a boot sector in addition to the filesystem where you will store your files.
Mount the device to a destination folder. Replace 'hda1' below with the drive you wish to mount, and change the '/home/...' directory to where you want to mount the files to (the directory in this case will act like a link or bookmark). The folder in the home user's directory will be "ubuntu" (not your computer name) if it's running off a live cd.
sudo mount /dev/hda1 /home/ubuntu/Desktop/folder -t ntfsThis is for mounting ntfs drives only!
(I've found other commands to "mount an ntfs drive", but they don't seem to work.)