05-20-2012 12:36 PM
Just bought a Sandisk Cruzer 16gb to transfer important files between my primary work computer and my new backup comp. The primary uses Windows XP, which I'm happy with and will not be upgrading until it rusts to death. The new one uses WIndows 7, which I'm willing to tolerate only slightly more than Vista. No problems loading my files onto the flash drive from XP, but the Windows 7 comp locks up every time I try to download those files from the flash drive onto it. I can view the files in Windows 7, and even alter them, but I can't transfer them for some reason.
So, I began experimenting. It's only when I try to load info from the flash drive to a computer running Windows 7 (any computer) that it locks up. And it's only this brand of flash drive that has that problem. My old Kingston works just fine, so it's not likely the computer that's having this issue. Little help? I
05-27-2012 09:46 PM
I have a similar problem with the SanDisk Cruzer 8gb (SDCZ36-008G) and Windows 7. When I plug it in, it just flashes a red light. The computer does not even recognize it. The above answer saying to check the UAC and AV settings is a bit cryptic for this non-tech person... Can you elaborate? I checked my UAC settings and nothing obvious looked out of line. I don't know about AV settings, so that is meaningless to me without a little more direction. My husband just got a new Kingston 8gb flash drive and it worked like a charm on my computer. What gives with the Cruzer and Windows 7??? Please, can someone be a little more helpful about what to do here? If there is no simple solution, I have no alternative but to return the Cruzer and get something else. I have always been very happy with my SanDisk Compact Flash and SD cards, so assumed SanDisk was the way to go in a flash drive. I'd love to use the Cruzer, but I don't want to jump through a bunch of hoops to do so when all I have to do is get another Kingston... Any help would be appreciated. If not, the Cruzer is going back. Thanks for any help.
05-28-2012 05:45 AM - edited 05-28-2012 05:51 AM
IF your Cruzer is new I'm not sure what the problem is.
IF your Cruzer is older and has U3 software on it and your Windows 7 is the 64-bit version rather than the 32-bit version run the U3 Launcher in Windows 7's Compatibility Mode for Vista. To do that, with the USB stick plugged in, open Windows Explorer, find the Removable drive, dbl click on it, move your mouse pointer to the .exe file, a RIGHT click on it, click on Properties, then click on the Compatibility tab. You should be able to figure out what to do at this point.
"What gives with the Cruzer and Windows 7???"
Many USB drives contain no software thus work with Win 7 without problem. Your SanDisk has software installed on it.
Microsoft chose to make two version of Windows 7, one is 32-bit based, one is 64-bit based. 90% of the people don't need a 64-bit OS. 90% of the apps most people run are 32-bit. U3 is a 32-bit app and SanDisk never developed a 64-bit version of it.
05-28-2012 11:14 AM
Thanks-- that explains my problem. Because I am a heavy Photoshop user, 64 bit was recommended for me by an IT person. That probably also explains why 3 out of 4 of my Compact Flash card readers don't work on this lap top as well... Thanks for your time and explanation.
05-28-2012 12:42 PM
Glad to have been helpful Zoe.
If something doesn't run in Windows 7 it's usually due to Windows 7 being 64-bit. I have both Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit. EVERYTHING that I ran on XP runs on the Windows 7 32-bit system. Most XP apps run on Windows 7 64-bit without problems but some required some work to get them to run, missing OCX files and alike, or finding the right Compatibility Mode, but eventually everything ran on the 64-bit version except for 1 app that I had to replace.
FWIW There is nothing in this Photoshop requirements page saying it requires a 64-bit OS.
05-28-2012 03:18 PM
In case anybody is following this thread: I totally agree that Photoshop does not require a 64-bit OS. It worked well on my old machine with XP. Photoshop definitely works faster on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, however. A casual Photoshop user might not see much difference, so 32-bit would be just fine. When working on multiple large files at the same time, the 64-bit is faster and helps with the work flow IMO. There are some studies that say up to 15 times faster. Even the 64-bit can bog down when things get enormous, though. Nothing's perfect...
05-28-2012 04:41 PM - edited 05-28-2012 04:41 PM
Without trying Windows 7 32-bit on your machine it's hard to say the boost in preformance you're seeing is due to 64-bit or simply Windows 7.
Did you upgrade an existing machine to Windows 7 or buy a new machine with it installed?
05-28-2012 11:02 PM
Good point! My experience was XP to Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. Word on the street is that Windows 7 64-bit is faster than Windows 7 32-bit when working in Photoshop, but I have not personally tested it between the two. Like I said, I'm sure the casual user would not need the 64-bit. I could have lived without it, but the IT person who recommended it to me knows the type of work I do, so thought the 64-bit would be better for my particular circumstance. I have been happy with it except for the fact that I can't use my SanDisk Cruzer 8GB and some of my Compact Flash readers...
I bought a new machine with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed, so no upgrade.
05-29-2012 05:14 AM
I'm not aware of any of the major pc manufactures offering Windows 7 in anything but 64-bit mode. There must be some kind of deal Microsoft has that makes it the preferred version for them. And I think most of your happy experience with your 32-bit app is due to your new machine's faster processor, more RAM and etc. If/when Adobe develops a 64-bit version of Photoshop you will be in position with your new machine and 64-bit OS to utilize it's expanded capabilities to their fullest without having to buy yet another new machine.
Hopefully you are now able to use all your USB sticks.