[Web4lib] U3 Thumb Drives

Bruce Jensen flaco.jensen at gmail.com
Wed Nov 22 16:07:59 EST 2006

Another weird point about U3 that might cause confusion (as it did in our
lab only moments ago) is that the little guy *appears* to exist on two
drives.  A student saw his device apparently there as E:\ and was frustrated
that nothing could be saved.  Backing up and noticing that something was
happening in F:\ as well eventually saved the day.  (But not before he edged
toward the door ready to run to the bookstore to buy a *floppy,* of all

Also: In some machines it's reportedly necessary to reboot with the U3
plugged in before it'll work.

*Bruce Jensen   *

Automated Systems Librarian

Library Services

South Texas College

Ph: 956-872-6420

Fax: 956-872-8398

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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