What is U3?
U3 is a mobile computing platform that allows you to carry your applications on a USB drive and launch them on any PC. So wherever you go –your office or home, an internet café or business center – you can take your favorite software as well as your data files. With U3 technology, a USB drive is more than a storage device – its’ a smart drive
How do I know which USB drives support U3 technology?
Look for USB drives that have the distinctive U3 smart logo.
What do I need to know to use U3 technology?
U3 enables you to work on any PC because all of your favorite software is with you on the USB drive. When you arrive at a new PC, just plug in the Cruzer USB smart drive. Opening the U3 Launchpad gives you access to your programs and files, and the ability to manage your U3 programs, from installing to launching to updating.
Will any PC program work on a U3 smart drive?
No. Only PC programs that have been modified to be U3-compatible will work on a U3 smart drive. These programs carry the U3 smart logo.
Can I convert software I already own to be U3-compatible?
No. The publisher of the original software has to modify it to create a version that works on the U3 platform.
What U3 programs are available?
Many popular programs are available, including browsers and email, business applications and utilities, photo editors and viewers, VoIP and games and more. More U3 applications are being developed every week.
Where can I find U3 programs?
SanDisk makes it easy to find U3 programs. Just click the Add Programs
button on the U3 Launchpad for links to all available U3 programs.
How do I install U3 programs?
After selecting the Add Programs button and accessing the U3 programs available online, it’s easy to locate the program you want. To download simply click the Buy
, or Free
button and it will install directly to your U3 smart drive.
How much do U3 programs cost?
Prices are set by the software publishers. Many programs are free, and many others are available as a free trial or for purchase.
How can I use a U3 smart drive to “turn any PC into my PC”?
Your ability to “turn any PC into your PC”, depends on what software you have loaded on the smart drive. Every SanDisk Cruzer Titanium or Cruzer Micro marked with the U3 logo comes with CruzerSync, which allows you to set up the drive to carry all your favorite files including your wallpaper, MP3 songs, documents, email, and so forth. With the U3 version of Firefox (available free from theU3 Download Central website), you can also save your favorite bookmarked links and cookies on your U3 smart drive.
Is my data safe on a U3 smart drive?
The U3 platform supports hardware encryption and the U3 Launchpad features a password protection option, Enable Security
. Once protected, the U3 smart drive is inaccessible unless the correct password is entered. In addition, when you remove a U3 drive from the PC, it leaves none of your personal data behind.
Does a U3 smart drive still function as a “standard” USB device?
Yes. You can drag and drop files onto the drive using My Computer or Windows Explorer on any PC.
Can I remove U3 technology from my USB drive?
Yes. To remove the U3 technology from the drive, simply go to the U3 Launchpad and, under Settings
, select U3 Launchpad settings
and click Uninstall
. This will completely remove the U3 Launchpad from the drive.
Can I restore U3 technology after removing it?
Yes. SanDisk’s U3 website features a U3 Launchpad Installer utility that you can use to re-install the U3 Launchpad on the Cruzer smart drive. (http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/DriverDownloads.aspx
Where can I learn more about U3?
Within the Launchpad you can click on SanDisk U3 Website
) to view a demo of U3, or you can go to www.u3.com