[SATLUG] Using U3 Flash Drives on Linux

Bruce McAlexander bruce.mcalexander at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 09:10:37 CDT 2008


I have had some difficulties with ScanDisk U3 when using them with
WinXP, if someone just pulls it out of the port instead of ejecting
it.  Then when you plug it in it has to repair itself.  I have not had
any trouble once it accomplishes its healing process.

Bruce McAlexander

On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 8:20 PM, zylone <zylone31337 at gmail.com> wrote:
> ed wrote:
>>
>> Tweeks wrote:
>>>
>>>  Hey..
>>>
>>>  Anyone every have any pro/cons to report w/using U3 enabled flash
>>
>> drives on
>>>
>>>  Linux? I recently plugged a couple in and was a bit upset to see
>>
>> read-only
>>>
>>>  hidden ISO partitions mounted with a bunch of windows cruft on there..
>>> so
>>>  much so that wiped the drives and repartitioned/formatted, etc.
>>>
>>>  Has anyone actually had any useful reports or points of interest with
>>
>> regards
>>>
>>>  to these U3 drives? Should non-windows folks stay away from them? I'm
>>>  seeing some nice thumb drive hardware come out.. ex:
>>>
>>>
>>
>> http://www.ioffer.com/i/Sandisk-Cruzer-Micro-U3-USB-Pen-Drive-4GB-4-GB-4G-black-23425522
>>>
>>>  but don't know if I should stay away from U3 based devices or not.
>>>
>>>  Any comments welcome.
>>>
>>>  Tweeks
>>
>> I use a 1GB SanDisk Cruzer across both Windoze and Linux environments
>> without issue. Works under Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS and DSL; Win2K, XP and Vista.
>> Granted, there's some extra junk in there that Linux doesn't really need
>> (I'm not sure U3 is really needed anywhere...), but I haven't noticed any
>> problems...
>>
>> Cheers;
>> Ed
>>
>>
> I have used two different thumbdrives with U3 on them under ubuntu and
> windows. In fact, I removed the U3 software so I could make one a bootable
> linux thumbdrive. Here is the link to the uninstall if you wish to do that..
> it makes it just a plain drive with nothing on it..
>
> http://www.u3.com/uninstall/
>
>
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