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Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

They released/built a product to meet Microsoft's specifications.  Being able to switch modes is not a part of Microsoft's specs.  Do you know of any vendors of USB drives able to switch modes and meet Microsoft's Windows 8 to Go certification?

 

Hopefully they have learned from this.

 

Apparently they did, they are not manufacturing these anymore. 

Ed
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Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

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I'm glad that Sandisk is no longer manufacturing these flash drives.

However, I was one of the unlucky few that purchased one of these sandisk flash drives which came with the removable bit set to 0.

This causes my flash drive to appear as a local disk drive (essentially an external hard drive to the OS) and as a result this flash drive doesn't work with some software specifically written to work with flash drives (like Microsoft's own Windows 7 USB Download tool).

 

My question is

 

Is Sandisk now manufacturing the Sandisk Extreme flash drive (which I purchased in the link above) as a normal removable flash drive which has the removable bit set to 1?

 

Can those who bought one of these flash drives exchange their flash drive for an identical one which has the removable bit set to 1?

OR

Will SanDisk release a firmware update which sets the removable bit to 1 so my flash drive can function as a normal flash drive?

 

I would much rather prefer to update the firmware on my flash drive to make it a normal flash drive if possible.

 

However if none of this is possible then I guess I will have to return my flash drive to amazon. I would still like to purchase this flash drive assuming Sandisk fixes this problem.

 

Thanks.

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Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

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Is Sandisk now manufacturing the Sandisk Extreme flash drive (which I purchased in the link above) as a normal removable flash drive which has the removable bit set to 1?

 

I think so.

 

Can those who bought one of these flash drives exchange their flash drive for an identical one which has the removable bit set to 1?

 

Possibly

 

Will SanDisk release a firmware update which sets the removable bit to 1 so my flash drive can function as a normal flash drive?

 

No.

 

Smiley Wink

 

 

Ed
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Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

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Right - to meet MICROSOFT's non-standard behavior - behavior that is at odds with how the USB removable drive system has worked since the begining of the USB standard. Creating a drive that does NOT adhear to the original standard SHOULD have contained a disclaimer that the drive is NON STANDARD. Failure to include in BIG BOLD LETTERS that the drive is NON-STANDARD is downright corporate stupidity. Failing to design it to operate in either STANDARD mode and MS Broken Windows 8 Mode is grossly negligent.

 

Unfortunately, SanDisk is STILL SELLING this defective inventory they have, without any disclaimers. This is unethical.

 

I'm sure this won't get through to a corporate schill however.

 

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Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

Is there a way to differentiate between the two version?
I want to make sure that I buy the "correct" one.

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Registered: ‎06-12-2014

Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

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*sigh* I have just ended up buying one of these defective sticks that it seems SanDisk are now covertly offloading from their stock. This has been very dissappointing and even a bit embarrassing as I've always been a vocal supporter of SanDisk USB sticks and only bought this brand. So now I'm needing to buy another stick as this one I've been saddled with just can't do the job. Does anybody know if there is any way whatsoever to tell if the SanDisk USB drive is one of the defective ones or not, before purchase? Is there a list of known defective types? I've actually had to swallow some pride and look at some of SanDisk's competitor's drives so atleast I can be sure of what I'm getting. I'd rather avoid that. Does anybody know if any of the SanDisk 128GB drives were also defectively manufactured? If that is known with absolutey certainty, I may just have to splurge on one of those.

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Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

Just to be clear, the Fixed format was not a defect.  It was made to conform with Microsoft's new Windows to Go requirement.  When it was found to not be that popular SanDisk stopped making them.  Stores and other vendors may have them still in stock but SanDisk doesn't control that.

 

If you look for devices that don't mention Windows 8 I would think you would be ok. 

Ed
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Ed, I've never seen a Windows 8 logo on any of the SanDisk listings in Amazon, and there certainly isn't one for the 64gb stick I bought. Do you know if this defect, for lack of a more apt description, made its way into any of the 128gb sized SanDisk USB sticks? If I could have that assurance that it did not, I think I will pull the trigger on the 128gb version. But that is a pretty nice little chunk of cash to thrown down. I really don't want to be surprised or disappointed. I can't find anything on the SanDisk websites. It would be nice to have that assurance. If I can't get it, I think I will have to go to a competitor. I've got some projects that can maybe wait a bit longer, but eventually have to move forward. And I need a Removable USB Disk for that work to get done.

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Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK

I don't know ouflak.  I do know that if I buy something that doesn't work I return it to where I bought it an get my money back.  I'm reasonable sure that Amazon would support that and worst case a SanDisk RMA would.  So I don't think money is the issue so much as time.  And we do what we do to get the job done, on time.

 

Good luck with your decision.

Ed
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Re: USB Flash Drive showing up as LOCAL DISK


Ed_P wrote:

Just to be clear, the Fixed format was not a defect.  It was made to conform with Microsoft's new Windows to Go requirement.  When it was found to not be that popular SanDisk stopped making them.  Stores and other vendors may have them still in stock but SanDisk doesn't control that.


Or SanDisk could do what other major manufacturers have done: offer a utility that allows the users to flip the "removable" bit.