mac book pro won't read sandisk 8gb cruzer blade

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  1. vkel, Apr 1, 2012
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    vkel macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys i am new to mac book pro, just got it last tuesday.

    when i transfer my mp3 from my pc to the sandisk i just bought, and plug into my mac book pro
    all i could see is that all the files and folders all ends with .EXE , my mac book pro just keep showing strange letterings when i click on the files in the sandisk.

    anyone knows how i can solve it?
    sorry i do not know if i post in the correct forum or not.
    please help
     
  2. vkel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i tired to go to the disk utilities and erase the thumb drive and under the format i set it to MS-DOS(FAT) and i retransfer my mp3 to my sandisk 8gb cruzer blade and plug into my mac book pro, again all i see is the folders name with the .exe.
    when i click to open, a window with strange letters appear and nothing else. anyone can help?
    with so many views, anyone can shed some light please?
     
  3. segers909 macrumors regular

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    You bought a U3 flash drive. It's some fancy software that allows you to run apps from the usb stick, but it's completely obsolete by now. The only way to remove it is to plug the stick into a Windows computer and then download + run this.
     
  4. vkel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i couldn't run the remove launchpad...is it because i had reformat it already?
    when i run the programme, it ask me to plug in the drive but when i plug in already, it never do anything and no option at all...please help...it is driving me crazy...
     
  5. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    try another flash drive
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    To the original poster:

    Some (perhaps all?) Sandisk flashdrives are "protected" with something called "U3", which is both software -and- a "protected partition" on the drive that CANNOT BE ERASED using Disk Utility on the Mac side.

    The only way to get rid of it is to take the flashdrive to a PC, and then locate the U3 utility software (it's on the drive) and then run it. This can remove the protection, and afterwards you can then re-initialize the drive on the Mac.

    Back when I bought a Sandisk flashdrive, I ended up taking the drive back to the store (where PC's were available), and had them remove the protection for me.

    Sandisk USED TO HAVE (emphasis intentional) a U3 utility for the Mac that could do this, but it will run only with OS 10.5 -- it has not been updated for 10.6 or 10.7 to my knowledge.

    If you're running Snow Leopard or Lion, and you don't have access to a Mac that is running Leopard, the only solution is to take the drive to a PC, and try to eliminate the U3 protection that way.

    Otherwise, like the poster previous to me said, just "get another drive"...
     
  7. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    must be on older scandisk, i recently purcashed a cruzer blade and made a bootable copy of lion, have already used it to do a clean install so it works, maybe the OP has one like your describing
     

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