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Old 10-14-07, 02:21 PM
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Files already on flash drive...do I need?

I got a new flash drive. Geek Squad brand from Best Buy. It has some files that take up some space like the application itself to run the flash drive program on PC and some other already pre-installed files.

Can I delete these from the flash drive to make more room and not affect its performance at all?

This is the first time i ever bought one thus my ignorance.

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I've used a my 256 flash drive on PC, Mac, and Linux machines and it never required some silly software on the drive for any of those computers to recognize it.

Unless its got some encryption stuff on there you want, I say delete the stuff.
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Originally Posted by UAIOE
I've used a my 256 flash drive on PC, Mac, and Linux machines and it never required some silly software on the drive for any of those computers to recognize it.

Unless its got some encryption stuff on there you want, I say delete the stuff.
that is what i thought and i don't have to run any programs or anything for pc to recognize, i just pop it in and there is the new drive. i just didn't want to delete it and then ruin it or something.
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If it's U3 software, I think you need to find the removal tool on the U3 Web site.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Salty
If it's U3 software, I think you need to find the removal tool on the U3 Web site.
i think it is U3 software.
is the website U3.com?
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http://www.u3.com/support/default.aspx#CQ3
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The U3 removal software will wipe your entire flash drive, not just the U3 files. So, if you have already stored some data on it, that data will be erased. Proceed accordingly.
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Everytime I buy a Sandisk thumbdrive it's got the U3 on it now. Only takes a minute or two to uninstall it, but it's annoying, as it installs virtual drives on your machine upon insertion. I like their drives though.
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I was considering a 2gig for $20 but it mentioned something about "Ready Boost". I wasn't sure if it was just compatible with that in Vista or if it had some junk on the drive also.
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so what exactly is the purpose of this software already loaded and taking up space on the flash drive?
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Originally Posted by scott1598
so what exactly is the purpose of this software already loaded and taking up space on the flash drive?
The concept of U3 is that you can have software applications reside on the flash drive, and you can run those applications without having to install them onto the computer's hard drive. The "sales pitch" for U3 is that you can carry all of your favorite applications wherever you go, regardless of what computer you happen to be using. You can go to the U3 website and shop for various applications to load onto your U3 flash; some are free, some are not. Most (all?) U3 flash come with a small starter sampling of softwares already installed.
There is a some "extra stuff" that is required to make all of this function; I won't go into details. Suffice it to say, the extra stuff and the starter sample software is a big hassle and wasted storage space to someone who just wants to store files and doesn't want to use any of the U3 softwares.

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