Vista fried 4.0 GB Cruzer


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Guest

I bought a 4.0 GB SanDisk Cruzer Micro w/ U3. It worked fine under XP.
My Memorex 1.0 GB flash drive works fine under XP and Vista.

Vista doesn't recognize U3 technology...no problem. When I configured
ReadyBoost to use the Cruzer, everything appeared normal. Shortly thereafter
I went to look at the files on the Cruzer, only to discover that the drive
had been formatted/files deleted. The Cruzer's total capacity was now only
0.98MB. Vista also started recognizing it as a CD/DVD Drive in Device
Manager.

The Cruzer is now unusable (except for 0.98MB) and I'm out $125.

Has anyone else had this problem? Should I avoid these particular flash
drives? Help or suggestions?
 
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Chuck McDevitt

Get the U3 removal software. The drive is partitioned into two sections,
one 1MB, and the second the rest of the drive.
Vista only sees the first. Once U3 is removed, the whole drive is
available.
 
G

Guest

I tried to do that when all else had failed. The Removal Tool says something
like "Please insert a SanDisk USB compatible device into the comptuer."
Anyway, it doesn't detect the drive is even plugged in and won't run the
program. The file system was FAT32 when the Cruzer was new. Now, the only
options are FAT abd NTFS. Anything else I should try?
 
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Byron Hinson

You'll have to return it - the Sandisk Cruzers are showing problems with
Vista's readyboost, i've already had to return one after a review!
 
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Chuck McDevitt

I forgot... The U3 removal software doesn't run under Vista... You need to
use an XP computer to run it.
 
H

HDFatBoy2003

I used the "generic" removal tools, as the one for Scandisk didn't recognize
my micro 512mb stick. The generic did and cleaned oiff the U3 launcher.
 
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Guest

Your right there chuck. I had to find an XP machine to use before I could
remove the stupid U3 software on my Cruzer.
 
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