I have been using several sandisk cruzer micro USB drives for years with no problems. I always remove the autolaunch(U3) feature.
I recently purchased three sandisk ultra 16GB flash drives for use on different PCs, all running winXP sp3. The first time I plugged one in, I noticed that it automatically installed as a “local drive” rather than a “removable drive”. I have since read several posts on this topic, so I understand there is no fix to change these USB drives so they behave as “removable” type. I also read that once sandisk sells this questionable inventory, their new drives will hopefully be configured as the “removable” type once again. Got it.
On this first PC, the Safely Remove tray feature worked as expected, allowing me to safely remove the drive, but on a 2nd PC the drive is always reported as busy, even after shutting down every likely process, and closing every explorer window. Running a registry cleaner and rebooting failed to correct this behavior.
Should the “safely remove” feature work as it does for other USB drives, or is this ultra model different?
Is the “safely remove” feature still good practice on this generation of USB drive? (I have “optimize for quick removal” selected)
How can consumers identify the “removable type” versions when they appear on the shelves? Are they going to be named differently or clearly marked, or can you give us a range of serial#s or something?