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U3 Flash Drives

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DoubleHelix, Jan 17, 2007.

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  1. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned Thread Starter

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    What is the difference between using a regular flash drive with stand-alone apps and using a U3-compatible flash drive with U3 apps?
     
  2. griffinspc

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    Here's a page to browse for released apps; http://u3.com/smart/default.aspx

    I use portable apps on my U2 and am very content. I think the biggest difference is that a U3 drive is basically a self contained computer. I know with portable apps if you create a document with OpenOffice or AbiWord, my choice, you don't leave the actual document on the PC but you do leave a history of it in the recent file and temp files of it's creation. Apparently with U3 that's not the case. Also I understand that as a platform in and of itself programmers can write software to work exclusively on U3 drives.

    Having said that I run AbiWord, FoxIt Reader, Thunderbird, Opera, FireFox and Sunbird on my old 256MB U2 flash all portable apps from http://portableapps.com/apps
     
  3. JohnWill

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    I have a 1gig U3 drive that I pack around on trips. If I have to run something or get mail on someone's machine, I stick it in and keep all my data with me.
     
  4. DoubleHelix

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    So you can use U3 apps on a non-U3 app flash drive?
     
  5. JohnWill

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    I have a U3 drive, I don't think you can run applications designed for a U3 drive on a non-U3 drive. There are plenty of "portable" applications that don't depend on the U3 loader.
     
  6. mattice06082

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    I don't see the advantage of paying extra for a U3 enabled drive. I have a flash drive with PStart installed and it provides an easy way of accessing all of my portable applications. I found The Portable Freeware Connection and PortableApps griffinspc linked to as great resources for finding lots of portable apps for free.
     
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    That's my understanding too. If an app is specifically written for U3 it will not function on U2.
     
  8. griffinspc

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    Yes, Pstart is great and I have my Thunderbird mail client set up to download my email from my home account but told it to keep the mail on the server so when I get home I can download it again to my main machine.
     
  9. JohnWill

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    What's U2?
     
  10. griffinspc

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    Short for the old fashion USB 2.0 flash drive or a band from Ireland. :D
     
  11. JohnWill

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    OK, that's probably a confusion factor. A U3 drive is still a USB 2.0 hardware interface, it just has additional capability to appear as two drives and launch it's U3 startup package.
     
  12. griffinspc

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    True, I probably assumed too much that all would know that but it was easiest for this discussion or at least the way he posed the question. I still like the band though.
     
  13. mattice06082

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    I liked the band before they became too commercialized, but I knew what you meant by U2.
     
  14. griffinspc

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    Joshua Tree rules !
     
  15. techy689

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    I have a U3 drive, and when I first got it I installed the free McAfee VirusScan for U3 flash drives... i got it off of the U3 site... however, it's not there anymore.. if anyone knows where you can get a virus scanner for ure u3 enabled flash drive, let me know.
     
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