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Re: Remooving U3 from USB drive.

Aaron Konstam wrote:
On Sun, 2009-04-26 at 14:28 -0700, Mike Cloaked wrote:

Aaron Konstam wrote:
A question which appeared on fedora-list recently was how to remove U#W
from a USB drive. I did not see a resolution until the following web


I tried to find the answer to this some time ago also - the link you refer
to does provide a solution to removing the u3 stuff but not for linux as far
as I know - I never did find if there was a way to remove it in linux even
using the reformatting tools like parted and equivalents - the hidden
partition seems particularly stubborn against decontamination attempts in

I only ever bought a single u3 drive and in the end resorted to using a
windows machine and the software you referred to in order to clean up the
drive.  After that it worked fine as a normal usb key.

If you do find a linux removal solution I would be interested to hear about
You are right the above referenced procedure is a Windows solution. In a
discussion about this yesterday some on suggested dd to wipe out the
stick and then reformatting it. I don't know if this will work.

I tried that. Resorted to the Windows technique. Even the U3 support groups couldn't give an answer. It was two years ago. I contacted Cruiser whom made the stick and they couldn't offer any support either.

On one stick. The person that removed the U3 software had to remove some USB devices as they conflicted with the U3 software. Also our administrator that cleared one stick was surprised how the software screwed up with his windows system.

The last stick that I purchased that had U3 on it didn't have anything listed on the package.

Robin Laing

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