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4.0 out of 5 stars Plastic case is fine with me, 19 July 2008
This review is from: SanDisk 8GB Micro Cruzer USB Flash Drive (Accessory)
I own the 4GB version with the identical plastic case and retracting USB. The plastic case has survived months of continuous use, and even kept working after I accidentaly kicked and broke it while it was in one the floor level USB slots and snapped, the plastic case was able be clicked back together and now is as good as new. Even the retracting thing still works. For the first couple of days after I first bought it, I kept accidentally retracting it by gripping the white slidey thing while plugging it in, but am now well used to it and hugely prefer it to having a cap which I always lose within a week of ownership of devices like this. When plugged into a powered USB2 hub it goes like greased lightning. Only annoying thing for me is actually the U3 CD thing which I never use but which keeps coming up with a list of "what do you want to do with this device" everytime I insert into a PC running Windows. Works perfectly for Mac however where the U3 thing is not such an annoyance, easy to transport files from one OS to the other, and read and write on both without a reformat being necessary.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2008, 15:08:02 GMT
You can easily uninstall (or reinstall) the U3 software included with this device. However, the U3 functionality is what many people buy this device for. I will not buy, or allow my users, to use any other devices except U3 ones. They have the ability to encrypt the data on them, and only allow it be be accessed via a password. Enter the wrong password 3 times, and the data gets wiped. This functionality is easy to enable/disable. You can also install many software programs on the drives (Firefox, Skype, McAfee, loads of games etc..).

Posted on 29 Apr 2009, 20:24:30 BST
Kunal Gupta says:
Are you sure that U3 works on mac? I have tried to use mine and had no success. The U3 website also says that Mac OS is not supported.

http://www.u3.com/support/default.aspx#CQ4

Posted on 29 Apr 2009, 20:46:49 BST
Kunal Gupta says:
As a follow up to my previous comment, I have now discovered that there is software available which once downloaded and installed on a mac enables this drive to be recognised by the mac. However, it only works as a regular USB flash drive, U3 is still not compatible with mac.

http://communities.sandisk.com/sandisk/board/message?board.id=u3&thread.id=1066

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2009, 16:38:30 BST
JackSprite says:
So...if someone wanted to erase the data on your flash drive all they'd have to do is enter a password wrong three times?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2009, 11:59:36 BST
Darren Price says:
yeah that is ridiculous

Posted on 7 Sep 2009, 16:03:40 BST
Thanks for the review. I removed the U3 software and use mine as a generic storage device.

Posted on 7 Jan 2010, 16:46:18 GMT
reader says:
1. If the ""what do you want to do with this device" pop up is annoying then get annoyed with your Windows computer, not your memory stick. That message has absolutely nothing to do with U3 at all.
2. U3 is no longer supported by SanDisk - it's dead. If you get one of these with U3 on it then just format it. If you want portable applications supported previously by U3 then 2 seconds on google will turn up a free download version which can be run on any memory stick.
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