12-18-2013 09:09 AM
I am looking for a USB 3.0 flash drive that is detected as a fixed disk.
I had read SanDisk's support article indicating all new drives would be configured this way:
I then went to the product page and selected SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive as it is the only one that actually indicated 'NEW' next to it. Further researched indicated it was announced in July and seemed to first be available around August 2013 so I thought it would be safe. However, I just received it and it is showing as a Removable Disk.
I am looking for clarification as to if this is expected on your latest model. If so, are there any USB 3.0 models that do show as a fixed disk?
12-19-2013 10:39 AM
I decided to open a case with support to get some clarification - unfortunately I'm not left more confused. Here is their response:
"We have discussed your case and would like to inform you because of compatibility issue in windows 8 the drive was not showing as fixed disk, so from now onwards all new flash drive will show as removable disk in windows 8."
This seems to contradict their support article which says all new drives will be configured in Fixed Disk mode. Did SanDisk reverse their decision
12-19-2013 04:55 PM
SanDisk has indeed reversed their decision re: Fixed vs. Removable. Here is the last response I received from support:
"Thank you again for your feedback on our SanDisk Customer Satisfaction Survey. We have completed the review of your incident and we would first like to apologize for all the inconvenience caused to you. In regards to your question, we would like to inform you that the knowledge base article on the following link has been retired as the article is now obsolete because all sandisk drives are being moved back to the removable disk configuration and this is for all Operating Systems including Windows 8.
At this point I am just happy they have provided a definitive answer. I do find it unfortunate as the fixed disk configuraiton was the sole reason I purchased this model. However, others may be pleased they are returning to removable.
12-30-2013 03:09 PM
I have confirmed the same with a SanDisk chat rep just now. Unfortunately, they will not give me an RMA for my Local Disk version because it is "functioning properly". Nowhere in the specs is this issue documented so I could properly decide whether or not to purchase this version. Now that it's been corrected, they won't take the item back??? Bad form, SanDisk.
I'm very disappointed in SanDisk who I've recommended for years.
12-30-2013 11:36 PM
Thanks for the quick reply, Ed. This was a gift from my son who bought for me from an eBay store with his small, part-time job. The point is that the manufacturer has changed their specs and didn't inform the consumer. I'm glad you changed them back and would like to exchange mine for what I need.
01-09-2014 04:13 PM
The Flash "removable" or pendrives, units can become "fixed disks" eliminating the "removable bit" which is in its internal software. To do this, the simplest way is to use small software (free): [BootIt 1.07 (Lexar)].
http://filecloud.io/_cpweb34i in alphabetical order with the following name: [USB Flash BootIt 1.07 [P] (Pass 123)].
01-09-2014 05:10 PM
FYI According to this link the current version of BootIt NG is 1.87.
BTW Cacho, do have a licence from Mozilla to distribute the FireFox versions on your site?.
Important files = Backed up files
01-09-2014 11:08 PM
Por ejemplo, lo del BootIt, me enteré de él en un post suyo, en el que trató el tema con la erudición que lo caracteriza. Entonces lo busqué por Web, lo bajé, lo estudié, lo probé (lo hago con todos los programas), y lo puse en mi Carpeta/Servidor para el simple disfrute de mis alumnos y amigos y del que quiera serlo.
Con respecto a "mi sitio", usted ya comprobó que "no es un sitio web", sino simplemente una carpeta/servidor que la puedo hacer pública o privada a mi gusto, y que no es comercial, sino simplemente "intelectual", didáctica y de trabajo personal.
Y el que quiere "mete la mano en ella" y el "que no quiere, no la mete".
Quédese tranquilo que no se van a enojar por 10 o 20 bajadas de la versión U3, al contrario.
For example, what the BootIt, I found it in a post of his, in which he treated the subject with erudition that characterizes it.
Then I searched for web, downloaded it, studied it, tried it (I do with all programs), and put it in my folder/server for the simple enjoyment of my students and friends and you want to be.
Rest assured that they will not get angry for 10 or 20 downloads of the U3 version, on the contrary.
In my country, these issues are not Crime (todavía...).