15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Ant » Tue, 03 Feb 2009 14:27:34


Hello.

I have an old SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB). For some reason, this 15"
MacBook Pro cannot see it. The Flash drive's orange light comes on, but
no drive shows up in Mac OS X 10.5.6. I tested the drive on an old Dell
PC's updated Windows 2000 SP4, and it was fine.

Also, where can I get U3 software for Mac OS X 10.5.6 since I think the
drive's provided one is too old? I cannot seem to find it.

Any ideas what's wrong? Thank you in advance. :)
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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Erik » Tue, 03 Feb 2009 14:43:56

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,



U3 and Macintosh aren't really compatible. See #4 below.

http://www.yqcomputer.com/ #CQ4

They say the drive will operate as a regular USB flash drive, but in my
experience, U3 won't work at all on a Mac.

See in the link above #3 above for U3 removal info.

Erik

 
 
 

15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Ant » Tue, 03 Feb 2009 15:52:55

On 2/1/2009 9:43 PM PT, Erik typed:



Thanks, but shouldn't Mac OS X see the drive even without U3?
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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Jolly Roge » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 00:35:11

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,




I think what Erik is saying is you *must* remove U3 for the Mac to see
it properly, and even then it may not.

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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Ant » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 01:48:59

On 2/2/2009 7:35 AM PT, Jolly Roger typed:


Ah! That's dumb. :(
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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Jolly Roge » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 01:58:09

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I'm pretty sure SanDisk is to blame for not following standards.

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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Ant » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 02:05:31

On 2/2/2009 8:58 AM PT, Jolly Roger typed:


I thought all USB Flash drives were using standards. Which brands are
standards?
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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by John McWil » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 02:22:07


Dunno; I haven't run across any that haven't, but my sample covers only
2-3 Mfgs with 3-4 different sizes.

Speaking of sizes, why bother at all with a 256 Meg drive?

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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Jolly Roge » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 02:22:22

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,



Maybe I'm wrong. Erik will have to let us know, I guess. SanDisk does
say:

"Mac OS, Linux, Unix and the older versions of Windows OS are not
supported. On these systems your U3 smart drive will function as a
regular USB flash drive"

But apparently, at least on some Macs, it doesn't even work as a regular
flash drive...


I wouldn't make such an assumption. It's apparently not the case with
these U3 drives:

"The U3 system software is pre-loaded to USB devices by the hardware
manufacturer only and requires special flash drive controller."

< http://www.yqcomputer.com/ #CQ5>


I'm sure I have no such list.

Anyhow, have you tried removing the U3 stuff from it to see if that
helps?

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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Jolly Roge » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 02:24:49

In article <gm7a3v$dr5$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,




I imagine the price was right...

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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Gregory We » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 04:31:40

In article <gm7a3v$dr5$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,



Because it's large enough for his needs and, in that he already has it,
it's cheaper than buying a new one.

I'm still using a 64MB flash drive. I also have a 4GB one, but I use
them for different things.

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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by John Alber » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 07:06:11

RE the postings:
[[ > Thanks, but shouldn't Mac OS X see the drive even
without U3?

I think what Erik is saying is you *must* remove U3 for the
Mac to see
it properly, and even then it may not. ]]

I have a Sandisk "Cruzer" flashdrive that came with U3 on it.

There is no U3 software for the Mac. It's "Windows only".

Further, there is no Mac software that can _remove_ U3 from
the flashdrive. That _MUST_ be done running Windows.
(Perhaps it would work on a _Mac_ running Windows, but I
can't answer that because I never tried).

When I got my U3 flashdrive, I first tried re-initializing
it using Disk Utility. What I ended up with was a flashdrive
that had [what looked like] TWO partitions. One partition
represented the newly-initialized volume. The second
partition contained the U3 software.

But Disk Utility _would not_ exorcise the U3 software, no
matter what - in fact, it couldn't touch the U3 "partition".

I took the drive back to where I bought it (Circuit City),
and had one of the techs there mount the drive on a PC
running Windows. Of course, at that point you have access to
all the U3 stuff. Among that stuff is a utility that removes
the U3 software. Running this utility "stores" the U3
software in a folder as ordinary files (which can then be
deleted), and removes whatever "protection" that U3 had
maintained against "entrance" to the flashdrive from
previously-unauthorized vectors - such as trying to
reinitialize it out of existence on the Mac (which didn't
work beforehand).

Once this removal utility has been run, you can then connect
the flashdrive to a Mac, use Disk Utility to reinitialize
it, and the new volume will occupy the entire drive, leaving
no trace of the U3 software.

But again, it CANNOT be removed under the Mac OS.
It MUST be removed under Windows.

- John
 
 
 

15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by zara » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 07:22:53


I guess he didn't see that it worked on your WINDOWS machine. With some of
these jerks, it's never an Apple issue.
 
 
 

15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by Jolly Roge » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 07:57:29

In article <n7Khl.15216$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,



According to SanDisk, there *is* Mac software that can remove U3 from
the flash drive:

< http://www.yqcomputer.com/ #CQ3>

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15" MacBook Pro can't see an old USB SanDisk Cruzer Micro (256 MB).

Post by AES » Wed, 04 Feb 2009 08:07:47

> On 2/2/2009 7:35 AM PT, Jolly Roger typed:

Not sure I'm understanding what's being said above, but I've bought a
bunch of SanDisk thumbs with U3 software on them from a Long's ***
near me (for some reason, they're extraordinary cheap), and always been
able to see them on a Mac.

Connecting them does put both a thumb drive icon _and_ a U3 CD icon on
my desktop. I open the thumb icon to write and read files, and ignore
the U3 CD icon; but then have to Eject both of them before I unplug the
thumb drive.

As best I recall, attempting to reformat any of these thumbs on my Mac
using Disk Utility, or attempting to delete the U3 folders from the
thumb itself, never gets rid of the U3 CD stuff, and at least once
letting someone with a Windows machine read some of my files (and
perhaps do some other stuff) made the thumb become unreadable by my Mac.