sandisk cruzer micro 4gb re-format?

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buckaroo

London, UK

#1 Dec 28, 2007
I have just got a Sandisk retractable USB stick and wanted to re-format this as it comes with a lot of programs that i dont need.

How do i re-format so that it is cleared and blank AND THEN add my own programs to the U3 part as well as files to the USB Memory stick part?

Can I add microsoft office to the U3 programs part as well as MSN Messenger etc?
Joe Litton

Valrico, FL

#2 Dec 30, 2007
buckaroo wrote:
I have just got a Sandisk retractable USB stick and wanted to re-format this as it comes with a lot of programs that i dont need.
How do i re-format so that it is cleared and blank AND THEN add my own programs to the U3 part as well as files to the USB Memory stick part?
Can I add microsoft office to the U3 programs part as well as MSN Messenger etc?
They don't make it easy, do they?
You need to have the USB stick plugged into a Windows PC, with the 'U3' program running - the program that starts automatically. Download the 'U3 Launchpad Removal Tool' from the Sandisk site:
http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx...
When you run that program, it will remove all the junk from the USB stick, and will leave you with a nice, clean, empty USB stick :)
John Bedingfeld

Marlborough, UK

#3 May 27, 2008
Unable to use my 4gb cruzer due to disk being full, of what I have no idea, but it shows only 24mb of memory available, I have deleted all my files from the disk
John Bedingfeld

Marlborough, UK

#4 May 27, 2008
When I run U3 launchpad removal it tells me it can only remove 1 disk, which is all I've got, and will not proceed. Maybe it is sensing the 2 part partion as J disk and K disk ???????
Nanc

Mobile, AL

#5 Nov 11, 2008
Hey there,

I have a Mac and emptying my recycle bin worked. It keeps a backup copy of the info on the disc if it's in the trash still. So if you have Windows, try emptying recycling bin. Mac--empty trash. Hope this helps!
natarra

Pioneer, OH

#6 Nov 15, 2008
this helps none!
Trey

Chesterton, IN

#7 Jan 9, 2009
I am having the same problem. I have a Cruzer Micro 8GB. It is only showing 3.5GB!! What is happening here. The problem started after I formatted it using NTFS. Any help would be great!
JamesH

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jan 17, 2009
Nanc wrote:
Hey there,
I have a Mac and emptying my recycle bin worked. It keeps a backup copy of the info on the disc if it's in the trash still. So if you have Windows, try emptying recycling bin. Mac--empty trash. Hope this helps!
Hey Nanc...was experiencing similar issues where deleting/moving files from the drive didn't help increase the storage - UNTIL I emptied the trash (Mac).
Thanks for the advice
Jane

Australia

#9 Apr 26, 2009
This happened to my 2 gb U3 drive as well but instead it showed 0 space left. I have read forums that say that you shouldn't remove "U3" software from it, and what you should do is buy a non-U3 drive. I have a 8 GB U3 drive now and i need the software so all's good.( You cannot fix your usb drive it will not work anymore since you cleared it(best thing to do is buy another one, and don't remove any softwware one it))
michele

Brooklyn, NY

#10 May 31, 2009
similar issue to John & JamesH-- i have an 8gb cruzer micro, after using it to move some photo files b/t computers, was down to 2gb of space left; deleted files, but memory did not increase... UNTIL i also emptied my trash (mac OS).

still, w/ all photo files deleted-- and that's all i ever put on there-- and all trash emptied, i'm still only getting 7.37gb of space on the 8gb stick. How do I get that last .63gb back?
Niko

Buenos Aires, Argentina

#11 Jun 2, 2009
Thx, guys, emptying trash, including all the protectec files, did the trick...
nyulpista

Toronto, Canada

#12 Jun 4, 2009
1. My 4Gb cruzer was working OK on my Win2k box, but now my PC freezes when I plug it in.
2. It worked once on my second Win2k box, but now the blue light does not turn on and is not visible Windows Explorer. Nor does the Launcher pop up.
3. It is working just fine on my laptop running XP.
If anyone has a solution, I would appreciate it...
Thanks!
whiterhino

Canada

#13 Sep 6, 2009
Buy a Mac. I know that will help : )
Todd

Springfield, OH

#14 Nov 15, 2009
This tool was too cool. Want be able to boot off of it and wanted the Sanddisk U3 gone. Worked Great!
Bill

Chicago, IL

#15 Jan 14, 2010
In my experience, it seems like it matters what order you do things in. If the 'U3' part of the drive is intact, then you can simply reformat the stick to its full size in FAT32.

If however, you somehow delete the 'U3' part and then try to reformat, you may be limited to creating only a small partition (200MB, e.g., for the 4GB Sandisk Cruzer).

Bottom line: download the 'U3' software from Sandisk's site and then reformat.
same issue now resolved

Naples, FL

#16 Nov 7, 2010
my 4gb drive was only reading 597kb after deleting the u3 software...resolved issue by downloading the u3 software here http://u3.sandisk.com/ and then it read the correct size again.....hope this helps
klxc

Burgos, Spain

#17 Nov 11, 2010
your usb its a fake, a chinesse facke
Bob P

United States

#18 Mar 27, 2011
Trey wrote:
I am having the same problem. I have a Cruzer Micro 8GB. It is only showing 3.5GB!! What is happening here. The problem started after I formatted it using NTFS. Any help would be great!
I'm having the same problem. On a Sandisk forum it was suggested to use the HP USB Disk Storage format tool. I think I've tried every option and all of them leave me with half the storage capacity I should have 4GB instead of 8GB. Any other suggestions?
HDT

Melbourne, Australia

#19 Nov 3, 2011
I had the same problem. An empty 4GB USB and 150MB available. As suggested earlier emptying the Trash solved my problem.
heeman

San Antonio, TX

#20 Nov 27, 2011
YO...run launchpad remover from the usb cruzer!

It will remove that partition and format it...then u r ready to go...

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