03-03-2013 08:27 AM
Moving from 32GB USB 2.0 thumbdrives to 64GB USB 3.0 drives. Purchased a SanDisk Extreme 64GB as a test - and thus far it is failing miserably. I did some searches here and while there are a few interesting "work arounds" none address the exact issue I have. Here is what I have created before and am trying to recreate on the larger USB 3.0 platform:
The goal here is to be able to place encrypted files in the second partition, share the drives amoung anyone in the user group regardless of platform they are using, include the software they need for their platform in the clear.
The methods I have read include things like "Windows 8 Enterprise allows Windows on the Go on thumb drives" (not applicable here) and "You can add a driver/filter" (works great on Windows and a single machine - not applicable here), etc.
The Lexar solution, BootIt, works on our old USB 2.0 drives - essentially flipping the "removable bit" to "fixed disk" and hence all computers see it as a fixed disk. This utility does not seem to work on the SanDisk drives. The SanDisk Extreme's were chosen due to performance and cost reasons so the first choice is to get this to work. Otherwise need to go to a different brand.
Anyone find a solution to this?
03-03-2013 08:50 AM
ChipGenius v.4.00.0027 reports this thumbdrive as follows:
Description: [U:]USB Mass Storage Device(SanDisk Extreme)
05-07-2013 06:33 PM
According to SanDisco who spoke with SanDisk and they said all new flash drives are configured as Fixed Disc. So try to find one(s) recently manufactured.
05-08-2013 09:24 AM - edited 05-08-2013 09:24 AM
not all new drives. Microsoft has a requirement for Win 8 certifacation that USB flash drives be fixed disks so you will need to look for a drive that has the Win 8 Certifacation logo.
10-16-2013 01:52 PM
I have just bought TWO of these 64GB drives, only to find out (after unpacking both) that these are marked as "removable".
I want the opposite functionality, basically what the new model is doing.
Come on, Sandisk, this is just stupid. Same product with different configurations? No wonder you´re getting yelled at in your own forums.
Please post a utility that allows your users to flip the removable/fixed bit on these drives. You're potentially making half of your customers really angry.