I could not see (within KDE) where the "remove safely" icon was so I did a machine shutdown and removed USB devices (1 stick, 1 HD) after rebooting Mandrake 2008 falls out of graphic mode ....
Then I reconnected same drives same way:
Now it says: Buffer I/O error on device SDA, which was the USB HD) umount says the device is not found
lshal list is so big I cant analyse it
(probably possible by redirecting it to file and then viewing that, but thats beyond my NIX knowledge)