SanDisk U3 thumbdrives?

Fullmetal Chocobo

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Is anyone else using U3 software on SanDisk thumbdrives?

I love the concept, and have used them for quite a while, building quite a pile of thumbdrives that I regularly use, but they are driving me nuts at this point.

It seems like SanDisk has been getting worse and worse with their support of the U3 technology on their thumbdrives. On their forums someone stated that they sold the U3 Technology to Microsoft, and it went no where after that.

I unfortunately bought two 16gb Ultra Backup thumbdrives before finding out that they will not work with Windows 7 whatsoever, and the "encryption" depends on the U3 software. WTF?

I'm going to be making the switch to PortableApps once I find some decent security software on those. And I need to find new thumbdrives as well, as I refuse to buy anything from SanDisk again after all this crap.
 

Red Squirrel

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I hate any thunbdrive that requires any special software to run. I prefer the ones that are seen by the OS as simply a mass storage device. This also opens more doors as they can work in any OS such as Linux.
 

Demo24

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I tend to just format the drives and try to delete that part. Doesn't seem to work so well on this 4gb one I have, but then I haven't truly tried to get it all cleaned up. I just want the thing to hold files and nothing else.
 

shortylickens

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I hate any thunbdrive that requires any special software to run. I prefer the ones that are seen by the OS as simply a mass storage device. This also opens more doors as they can work in any OS such as Linux.
Ditto.

I like the SanDisk drives cuz they dont have a cap (which I always lose) but their forced software is damn annoying. Especially when I wipe it out, put my college files on it and turn it into my professor. When I get the thing back it has all kinds of bullshit on it.
 

secretanchitman

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first thing i do when i get sandisk drives is run the u3uninstaller. i hate it. i dont get why they put it on there - its total bloatware.

what i also hate is their cheaping out of their cruzer titanium drives now. they used to be made out of liquidmetal and have a blue led indicator, to separate them from the regular cruzer micros. now they are made out of cheap plastic casing (just painted silver) and have an orange led, like the cruzer micros.
 

Rottie

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didnt know how you really hate u3 software but it doesnt bother me at all I thought it was supposed to uninstall those bloated softwares. i will have to check it out with my sandisk later.
 

Fullmetal Chocobo

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I'm surprised almost everyone hates it. I love it, and it's unfortunate they make it so frustrating to use now.
 

hanoverphist

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i have a corsair 8gb thumb drive, hooks into anything and had truecrypt on it when i got it.