[clug] Getting rid of a partition on a USB drive (linux Digest, Vol 100, Issue 5, Message 2)

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Fri Apr 8 17:28:54 MDT 2011

every USB stick I have has a chunk excised by the
manufacturer/distributer that I can't reclaim or get rid of to
reformat and reuse the entire drive.

not a show stopper but it irritates me that they did that every time I
use the device.


On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 9:11 AM, Miles Goodhew <mgoodhew at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, John
>> Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2011 08:23:17 +1000
>> From: jhock <jhock at iinet.net.au>
>> Message-ID: <1302214997.2678.7.camel at john-laptop>
>> I have a 2GB USB drive. I stupidly put it into a M$ operating system and
>> it now has two drives. I think one is for the annoyingly stupid waste
> ...
>  Like others have no doubt pointed-out by now: It seems you have a U3
> device (E.g. SanDisk Cruzer or similar). The second drive's not there
> because Windows "infected it", but has been there from the start.
>  The device's microcontroller presents two USB drives to the host: A
> mass-storage device ("Flash drive") and a CD-Rom. As far as I can
> tell, you still can't remove this directly from Linux.
>  The (supported) Windows driver's here:
> http://drivers1.sandisk.com/DriverDownload/assets/USB%20Flash%20Drives/launchpadremoval.zip
>  They used to support McOs too, and the removal tool's available from
> the Wayback machine here:
> http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20090323064059/http://mp3support.sandisk.com/downloads/cruzer-utility-mac.dmg
>  It's a little annoying as you have to "install" the utilites to be
> able to uninstall the U3 software. No idea if it works under current
> McOs releases.
>  Nevertheless, I highly recommend removing the U3 system as soon as
> you get one of these drives.
> M0les.
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> Miles Goodhew,
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