[Web4lib] U3 Thumb Drives
ras at anzio.com
Fri Nov 17 10:48:42 EST 2006
On Fri, 17 Nov 2006, Courtney Stephens wrote:
> I have a U3 flash drive and have had no trouble using it like any other
> flash drive. I have not installed the Launch Pad software on my work
> computer and it still lets me open the drive and drag and drop things into
> the Document folder on the flash drive.
That is correct. A U3 device actually installs (if it is allowed to) as
two disk drives. One is a standard USB-type drive. The other is managed by
the LaunchPad software. Files on the standard drive are accessible just as
though they were on a non-U3 device.
It's an interesting question, though, whether various lockdown
policies/restrictions would or should prevent programs from running in U3
> ~Courtney S.
> On 11/17/06, Mark Wolfe <WolfeM at mail.amc.edu> wrote:
> > Dear List,
> > We are seeing many patrons wanting to use their flash drives with U3
> > technology in them on library workstations. U3 actually allows software
> > to be run off of the flash drive itself. So far, the students seem to be
> > purchasing these unaware that they are different from a conventional
> > thumb drive since they virtually look the same. U3 requires that their
> > "Launch pad" be installed before files etc can be pulled over to the
> > host computer desktop.
> > Has anyone dealt with these or come up with a policy?
> > Thanks, Mark
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