Removing U3 from USB Drive

Wed, Feb 3, 2010

Tech Tips

Here is how to remove the U3 application from your USB drive and prevent it from starting up every time you plug in your USB stick.

For Windows:
Download and run this Windows uninstaller from U3.
Works in XP, Vista and Windows 7, and others.

Follow the sandisk instructions ro remove U3.

Additional Information
You can always visit the U3 support site for more info.

Why Remove It?
I find it annoying that it pops up every time you plug it in and you have wait to use your drive (10 seconds on my machine). I’d keep it if they made it easier to disable that functionality. However I have been using PortableApps, an open alternative to U3. The apps that are available for PortableApps are not commercial apps but they suit my needs.

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2 Responses to “Removing U3 from USB Drive”

  1. Rich Says:

    Cant you just format it?

    • jim.richmond Says:

      Yes I’m sure you could, but I think it’s easier with the removal tool. Mainly because it opens as two drive letters and you would be formatting the 1st drive (that is still running an active application in your taskbar). If you close the program it closes out your drives. Also the removal tool has a backup helper/reminder.