Trying to mount an external UBS drive with ntfs as read/write
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First, I would suggest you use NTFS-3G over NtfsProgs.
As for the actual problem, it sounds like the volume wasn't cleanly unmounted. The easiest way to fix this is to mount it under Windows (which will likely want to run a check on it) and then unmount it. Then it can be mounted under Linux.
If you are unable to get it mounted under Windows, you will have to force mounting it. This could lead to data loss however, so I would try to get it to a Windows machine if at all possible.
What distro are you using and what version (it's useful to add this to your profile). On any reasonable up to date distro you should not need to put anything in to /etc/fstab in order to mount the drive so remove the fstab entry. Install ntfs-3g (check your disto's package manager) then plug the USB drive in again. If it still doesn't mount read-write then unmount it, get http://flomertens.free.fr/ntfs-config/ run it and enable read/write then plug the USB drive back in again. The drive should now be read/write.