September 11, 2008

Not all USB drives alike!

There are some USB flash drives that will NOT work on the public terminals in Alloway Library. These USB flash drives are those which include the U3 Launch pad.

The reason that these USB flash drives do not work in the public computers is because of the security on the library's computers. The U3 Launch Pad creates two new drive letters. One contains the program and the other is where the files are stored. So if you were to insert one of these flash drives into the public terminals, all you will see is the program files and not your data files.

Some examples of U3 smart drives are:

  • Kingston U3 DataTraveler,
  • SanDisk Cruzer Micro,
  • SanDisk Cruzer Titanium,
  • Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go U3 Smart Drive,
  • Ativa U3 USB 2.0 Flash Drive,
  • Geek Squad USB 2.0 Flash Drive,
  • Intuix Smart Drive M300 U3,
  • Intuix Smart Drive S300 U3,
  • busbi USB Flash Drive,
  • disgo classic, disgo diva, disgo dude, disgo lite,
  • Disk2go SMART II,
  • Extrememory U3 smart USB Drive,
  • Hama U3 FlashPen Mini USB 2.0,
  • Memorex Mini TravelDrive U,
  • PQI Cool Drive U320 Smart Drive,
  • TwinMos U3 Mobile Disk,
  • Elecom MF-UU2
  • i-o data EasyDisk U3 smart drive.

On two of the SanDisk USB flash drives that I have at home, I found that they do have a way to remove the U3 Launch Pad software. In that way, it will allow you to use these USB flash drives on our public terminals.

This link shows you the steps to remove the U3 software from your USB flash drives:

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=391

http://www.u3.com/uninstall/

I can't speak for all brands of USB flash drives with the U3 Launch Pad, but the SanDisk flash drives actually copied my data files to my hard drive before removing the U3 software. Then after the U3 removal, my data files were copied back. But to be on the safe side, I highly recommend that you back up all your data files on your hard drive before removing the U3 Launch Pad software.

Submitted by Hank Suderman, Library Technical Suport

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