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SanDisk Cruzer Micro (2GB) w/U3

06/24/06

  10:25:33 am, by The Dreamer   , 2145 words  
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SanDisk Cruzer Micro (2GB) w/U3

Then came the fun of plugging it in, having to reboot after plugging it in, and seeing about getting things set up.

First thing it wanted to do was grab I: and J:...the first available letters after my last physical harddrive. Except that I prefer having my iPod appear at I: (and to keep it close, the shuffle shows up at J:). Also, it should be a letter that is common between my desktop and laptop. In case any of the apps I want to use commonly with the drive have expectations on what drive letter it is at. I suspected MSMoney2006 is such an app.

At first it seemed the perfect letter would be U:, except that being a U3 drive...it needed two drive letters...and V: is taken (MMCVideo network share). But, I decided to leave the U3 area as U: and make the flash data part as K:, then as I was trying to name the space it made such interestingly perfect sense. Its a USB Flash Key...or better yet, I labeled the volume as a KEY....specifically it is my TARDIS-KEY. :)) It fits in with my naming scheme, where my desktop is named TARDIS and my laptop is named SIDRAT. There aren't any other Doctor Who themed computers in my network yet...but there are plans. Its just that I've named my computer TARDIS for a very long time, started when the precursor to "Lunatic Haven BBS" was the "TARDIS BBS". Both of which fit the fact that I ran Citadel-68K, which is a room style BBS. Though the first room you enter is called the Lobby, and was a reserved name....so it couldn't be renamed as the 'Console Room'.

I then got MSMoney2006 working nicely with the USB Flash Key and looked at some of the U3 stuff included. Namely to put a password on it. Then came time to eject and get MSMoney2006 working on my laptop with it.

Except I couldn't eject it. I hunted around, and started killing all kinds of stuff....but it just wouldn't release. I did find that both InCD and PCMService were accessing the virtual CD of the Key, but kill these services still wouldn't release the Key. I tried killing other stuff I could think of, I dug out the old nasty beta software of WhoLockMe...but it only gave info on directories (not files) and it only showed that Explorer and WhoLockMe were the only processes access the Key. Which is all I expected to see, since to get the Explorer context menu to invoke WhoLockMe...I needed an Explorer opened to the directory. The context would show up for files, but selecting it resulted in nothing. So, I removed it and tried to guess what else I might need to kill.

I gave up and just yanked the Key out. Nothing seemed to complain about it, and since the K: drive had already been ejected...its was the U: drive that I couldn't get released. The data seemed okay.

I stuck it back in, observed how the password protection worked, etc. And, tried things again. And, hit Google to see what to do about it.

Basically, it seemed the concensus was to get rid of the U3 part. To which end, there was a discussion that the Geek Squad people have this CD that has a program called 'U3_Uninstaller.exe'...but it is not intended for public consumption....so you would have to call them. And, it was mainly intended for use with their branded version of the USB Flash Key. Though various posts had it floating around...either as bad links or involving P2P distribution, etc. And, that it seemed to work fine with other brand keys.

During my attempts, I tried checking for and updated U3 Laucher....and there was one, which I had used already since it was the version to integrate password security....but also had an option to remove U3.

So, I removed the U3, and turned my USB Flash Key into a non-U3 device. So, now just one drive letter and it is K:

Now I didn't have any problems with safe-removal of the Key, I could then work on using it on my laptop.

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4 comments

Comment from: David Teare [Visitor]
David Teare

2GB sounds pretty sweet. I opted for the cheaper 500MB model, but it’s enough for my current needs.

Regarding 1Passwd, you mentioned:

> Now if there was only a solution that for the
> Mac…. 1Passwd doesn’t count, since it can’t use
> the data store directly or provide synchronization.

This is true in the current version of 1Passwd, but the next release will have the ability to load the keychain data from any arbitrary location. This will allow you to keep your keychain on your USB key, or in theory any network-accessible drive.

Cheers!
–Dave Teare
Co-Creator of http://1passwd.com

06/27/06 @ 13:40
Comment from: The Dreamer [Member]  

And, it’ll cope with RoboForm’s encryption?

06/27/06 @ 17:54
Comment from: David Teare [Visitor]
David Teare

Comments are broke; I keep on getting this error:

Cannot post comment, please correct these errors:

* Supplied comment is invalid

06/28/06 @ 19:05
Comment from: The Dreamer [Member]  

It means you’re triggering the spam filter.

08/26/06 @ 16:47
Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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