This might be ok if you have a choice in whether to use it or not. SanDisk's implementation of U3, forcing users to use it through auto-installation, is just bone-headed. The vast majority of people who purchase flash drives just want to move files around. They aren't going to use U3s "features" and they really don't appreciate it when a U3 device conflicts with a system's security, especially when they end up losing work in the process. If vendors do something similar with StartKey, we may have to start a side business formatting these things on Linux boxes so they'll be safe to use in Windows machines.
BTW, I was able to successfully retrieve all the files from a crashed Sony flash drive by mounting it to a Linux machine. I then formatted the drive on the Linux box and it worked well after that. Something to try when all else fails.
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From: School Information Technology Discussion on behalf of Raymond Ballou
Sent: Thu 3/6/2008 3:50 PM
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Subject: the death of U3?

not sure this will be better.

"This environment will then be accessible on Windows-based computers--effectively turning any PC into their own PC."

"This effort dates back to an agreement Microsoft made in May with SanDisk in which the two companies agreed to work together on a hardware-software combo that would replace SanDisk's U3 Smart Technology. As expected, Microsoft is working on the software end, while SanDisk is working on hardware and security aspects."


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