I bought a 16GB SanDisk Cruzer Contour USB stick nearly three years ago. It worked always fine until now. I never used any U3 utilities only the data drive. I only moved files from and to the data drive. From one day to the other the:
E:\ is not longer accessible.
“The request could not be performed because of an I/O error”.
While the F:\ CD drive with the U3 stuff is still accessible and readable.
I tried every kind of utility from disk managers to partition stuff, from Dos, Linux, Windows, tested it with different notebooks and workstations running Windows XP, Linux. I also disabled the Virus protection, without any success
I don’t know how U3 technology works and influences this product exactly, but I think it is the “driven factor of this problem”, as reported in many forums. However I tried also to disabled the F:\ CD drive in the device manager and the U3 uninstaller tool from SanDisk also failed with an I/O error.
Any other or new suggestions?
Thank you very much indeed for any feedbacks.