There must be a way to MANUALLY run the Sandisk U3 flash drive autoplay!

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Sherry Morris, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. There must be a way to MANUALLY run the Sandisk U3 flash drive autoplay!
    But how?

    When I plug in the encrypted sandisk u3 flash drive to one of my laptops, I
    can see two drives, namely:
    U3 System (D:) Removable Disk (E:)

    When I click on the "U3 System (D:)", I can see three files:
    autorun.inf LaunchPad.zip LaunchU3.exe

    How do I manually launch the sandrive u3 system on this laptop so that it
    asks for my password?

    Note: On other laptops, it works fine. I suspect someone disabled flash
    drive autoplay (which from googling, is a good thing but I can not find
    instructions on how to run the ubiquitous sandrive U3 encryption once
    autoplay is disabled!

    Help!
    How do I manually run the sandisk u3 encryption program so that it asks for
    my password?
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 12, 2008
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  2. On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 07:48:02 -0700, Sherry Morris wrote:

    > How do I manually run the sandisk u3 encryption program so that it asks for
    > my password?


    BTW, the SanDisk U3 USB flash drive autoplay encryption dialog does pop up
    on other Windows XP laptops so I'm sure it's something different about this
    laptop.

    This laptop won't autoplay anything so I suspect autoplay has been turned
    off (again, this is a good thing).

    All I am asking (and I'm not sure whom to ask) is ........
    How do I manually tell the sandisk u3 encryption system to run?

    I installed TweakUI version 2.10.0.0 and checked "My Computer > AutoPlay >
    Enable Autoplay for CD and DVD drives" and I checked "My Computer >
    AutoPlay > Enable Autoplay for removable drives" but it didn't do anything.

    Besides, I don't want to enable autoplay (I like that it won't autoplay).

    All I want to do is manually run the sandisk u3 encryption program to ask
    me what the password is.

    But, when I doubleclick on D:\LaunchU3.exe, nothing happens except it
    brings up an empty folder on my WinXP hard drive C:\Documents and
    Settings\sherry\Application Data\U3\<big number>

    There must be a way to manually run the sandisk u3 encryption dialog, yes?
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 12, 2008
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  3. On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 07:56:47 -0700, John McWilliams wrote:

    >> How do I manually run the sandisk u3 encryption program so that it asks for
    >> my password?

    >
    > Unencrypt it?


    On another windows PC, I can certainly unencrypt the contents of the
    Sandisk U3 flash drive. That isn't the problem. I WANT the data encrypted.

    I just want the SanDisk U3 program to ASK for the password.

    But without autoplay, the Sandisk U3 flash drive doesn't ask for the
    password on this computer.

    When I click on the Sandisk U3 LaunchPad.zip, I can unzip the files but
    none of them, when I click on them, do anything to bring up the password.

    Likewise, I can't get the autorun.inf to do anything.
    Here is what the autorun.inf file contains.
    [AutoRun]
    open=LaunchU3.exe -a
    icon=LaunchU3.exe,0

    [Definitions]
    Launchpad=LaunchPad.exe
    Vtype=2

    [CopyFiles]
    FileNumber=1
    File1=LaunchPad.zip

    [Update]
    URL=http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.1&brand=CruzerBFG


    [Comment]
    brand=CruzerBFG


    How can I get a sandisk u3 usb flash drive to autorun manually?
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 12, 2008
    #3
  4. Sherry Morris

    Guest

    On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 07:55:50 -0700, in rec.photo.digital Sherry Morris
    <> wrote:


    >But, when I doubleclick on D:\LaunchU3.exe, nothing happens except it
    >brings up an empty folder on my WinXP hard drive C:\Documents and
    >Settings\sherry\Application Data\U3\<big number>


    According to the Sandisk troubleshooting page it should load the
    launcher in your systray. Does it do this? Then either click or right
    click on the icon in the systray and see what happens.
     
    , Sep 12, 2008
    #4
  5. Sherry Morris

    Benlars Guest

    Try: http://www.u3.com/support/faq.aspx


    "Sherry Morris" <> wrote in message
    news:qkvyk.116$...
    > There must be a way to MANUALLY run the Sandisk U3 flash drive autoplay!
    > But how?
    >
    > When I plug in the encrypted sandisk u3 flash drive to one of my laptops,
    > I
    > can see two drives, namely:
    > U3 System (D:) Removable Disk (E:)
    >
    > When I click on the "U3 System (D:)", I can see three files:
    > autorun.inf LaunchPad.zip LaunchU3.exe
    >
    > How do I manually launch the sandrive u3 system on this laptop so that it
    > asks for my password?
    >
    > Note: On other laptops, it works fine. I suspect someone disabled flash
    > drive autoplay (which from googling, is a good thing but I can not find
    > instructions on how to run the ubiquitous sandrive U3 encryption once
    > autoplay is disabled!
    >
    > Help!
    > How do I manually run the sandisk u3 encryption program so that it asks
    > for
    > my password?
     
    Benlars, Sep 12, 2008
    #5
  6. Sherry Morris

    Why Tea Guest

    Re: There must be a way to MANUALLY run the Sandisk U3 flash driveautoplay!

    On Sep 12, 9:00 am, Sherry Morris <> wrote:
    > On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 07:56:47 -0700, John McWilliams wrote:
    > >> How do I manually run the sandisk u3 encryption program so that it asks for
    > >> my password?

    >
    > > Unencrypt it?

    >
    > On another windows PC, I can certainly unencrypt the contents of the
    > Sandisk U3 flash drive. That isn't the problem. I WANT the data encrypted..
    >
    > I just want the SanDisk U3 program to ASK for the password.
    >
    > But without autoplay, the Sandisk U3 flash drive doesn't ask for the
    > password on this computer.
    >
    > When I click on the Sandisk U3 LaunchPad.zip, I can unzip the files but
    > none of them, when I click on them, do anything to bring up the password.
    >
    > Likewise, I can't get the autorun.inf to do anything.
    > Here is what the autorun.inf file contains.
    > [AutoRun]
    > open=LaunchU3.exe -a
    > icon=LaunchU3.exe,0
    >
    > [Definitions]
    > Launchpad=LaunchPad.exe
    > Vtype=2
    >
    > [CopyFiles]
    > FileNumber=1
    > File1=LaunchPad.zip
    >
    > [Update]
    > URL=http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.1&brand=...
    >
    > [Comment]
    > brand=CruzerBFG
    >
    > How can I get a sandisk u3 usb flash drive to autorun manually?


    I don't use U3. But looking at your autorun.inf, what gets auto-run
    is "LaunchU3.exe -a". Have you tried to run "LaunchU3.exe -a"?
    If that works, you can then put that in a batch file. Just some
    thoughts.
     
    Why Tea, Sep 12, 2008
    #6
  7. On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 11:24:05 -0400, wrote:

    >>But, when I doubleclick on D:\LaunchU3.exe, nothing happens except it
    >>brings up an empty folder on my WinXP hard drive C:\Documents and
    >>Settings\sherry\Application Data\U3\<big number>

    >
    > According to the Sandisk troubleshooting page it should load the
    > launcher in your systray. Does it do this? Then either click or right
    > click on the icon in the systray and see what happens.


    I know. I know. On my other laptops, the Sandisk U3 program (asking for the
    password) loads perfectly. It's just this laptop where it doesn't load.
    Nothing loads automatically on this laptop.

    I'm pretty sure autoloads in the registry are removed on this laptop
    because I called the previous owner who said he didn't remember what he
    removed but that shouldn't matter.

    Can't I just manually "exececute" the U3 encryption program so that it asks
    for a password?
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 12, 2008
    #7
  8. Re: There must be a way to MANUALLY run the Sandisk U3 flash drive autoplay!

    On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 10:15:49 -0700 (PDT), Why Tea wrote:

    >> How can I get a sandisk u3 usb flash drive to autorun manually?

    >
    > I don't use U3. But looking at your autorun.inf, what gets auto-run
    > is "LaunchU3.exe -a". Have you tried to run "LaunchU3.exe -a"?


    I was hopeful when you mentioned this but alas, all it did when I executed
    "F:\launchu3.exe -a" was bring up the same thing on the pc which was
    "C:\documents and settings\sherry\application data\<some long number>"
    which isn't the same thing as bringing up the encryption dialog.

    I even unzipped the "F:\LaunchPad.zip" which contains the following:
    10/23/2007 09:27 AM 110,592 cleanup.exe
    10/23/2007 09:22 AM 3,350,528 Launchpad Removal.exe
    10/23/2007 10:14 AM 4,632,576 LaunchPad.exe
    10/23/2007 09:22 AM 58,842 Loading.gif
    10/23/2007 09:22 AM 328 Loading.htm
    10/23/2007 09:23 AM 78,576 LPHelp-ch.chm
    10/23/2007 09:23 AM 98,339 LPHelp-de.chm
    10/23/2007 09:23 AM 109,621 LPHelp-en.chm
    10/23/2007 09:23 AM 94,194 LPHelp-es.chm
    10/23/2007 09:23 AM 95,968 LPHelp-fr.chm
    10/23/2007 09:23 AM 94,331 LPHelp-it.chm
    10/23/2007 09:23 AM 90,017 LPHelp-jp.chm
    10/23/2007 09:23 AM 88,034 LPHelp-tw.chm
    10/23/2007 10:33 AM 2,129,920 LPSecurityExtension.dll
    10/23/2007 10:33 AM 1,901 LPSecurityExtension.dll.sig
    10/23/2007 10:32 AM 544,768 SanDiskFormatExtension.dll
    10/23/2007 10:32 AM 1,901 SanDiskFormatExtension.dll.sig
    10/23/2007 09:44 AM 54,584 U3AccessGrant.exe
    10/23/2007 09:23 AM 2,600,960 u3dapi10.dll
    10/23/2007 10:35 AM 718,336 U3LauncherSetup.msi
    10/23/2007 10:36 AM 9 version.dat
    21 File(s) 14,954,325 bytes

    What do you think is the purpose of this zip file?

    Do you think there is something I can execute in the zip file that will
    bring up the password file?

    I clicked on everything but maybe they need to be executed differently.
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 12, 2008
    #8
  9. On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 16:45:56 GMT, Benlars wrote:

    > http://www.u3.com/support/faq.aspx


    None of these fit but I'll try them somehow ...

    U3 Launchpad
    1. When I insert my U3 smart drive I receive an error message and the U3
    Launchpad does not run
    2. I have found that sometimes when I have a DVD in my PC the Launchpad
    starts really slowly. Why?
    3. How do I access a U3 smart drive on a public PC? The kiosk PC I use has
    no System Tray and I can't click on the application bar.
    4. When I insert my smart drive in my computer, I can access the drive, but
    I can't find anything that looks like the U3 Launchpad.
    5. I want to re-install the U3 Launchpad on my smart drive
    6. Why does the Launchpad sometimes hang after I insert my
    password-protected U3 smart drive?
    7. When I insert the U3 flash drive in my computer, Windows says something
    about installing necessary software, and then tells me to reboot! I thought
    U3 drives didn't install stuff on the host computer. What gives?
    8. I removed my U3 smart drive without clicking on the Eject button first.
    Can this damage my smart drive or affect its functionality?
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 12, 2008
    #9
  10. On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 13:09:32 -0700, Sherry Morris wrote:

    > ttp://www.u3.com/support/faq.aspx

    Q1: Are you using the U3 device on a Windows 2000 SP4+ or Windows XP
    computer? Ans = yes

    Q2: Can you see the U3 Launchpad icon in the system tray after inserting
    the U3 smart drive? Ans = no

    Q3: Does the U3 icon now appear in the system tray when you do the
    following?
    a. Start the Launchpad Manually.
    b. Right-click on the drive letter in My Computer which is associated with
    the U3 smart drive and which has the description, "U3 System" or "CD
    Drive".
    c. Select the Explore option from the menu. The contents of the drive
    letter will be displayed in Windows Explorer.
    d. Double-click "LaunchU3.exe".

    Does the U3 icon now appear in the system tray? Ans = no

    Q4: Is LaunchU3.exe or Launchpad.exe is already running?
    Here is how to check to see if any LaunchU3.exe or Launchpad.exe processes
    are already running.
    NOTE: these steps should be conducted with only one U3 smart drive
    connected to the host machine.
    a. Bring up the Task Manager dialog by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc. keys at
    the same time.
    b. Once the window pops up click on the Processes tab.
    c. Scroll through the list of running processes to identify an entry of
    LaunchU3.exe or Launchpad.exe. (You can alphabetize the list by clicking
    left over Image Name if this makes the entry easier to locate).
    d. Are any LaunchU3.exe or Launchpad.exe processes running?

    Is LaunchU3.exe or Launchpad.exe already running? Ans = no

    Q5: Can you see two drive letters associated with the U3 smart drive in My
    Computer? Ans = yes
    If YES:
    Double-click on the drive letter marked as 'U3 System' or 'CD Drive', then
    proceed to the next step.

    That next step is the same as Q3 above (it's a loop).

    Isn't there a better way to start the U3 program manually?
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 12, 2008
    #10
  11. On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 13:27:04 -0700, Sherry Morris wrote:

    > That next step is the same as Q3 above (it's a loop).

    Actually, Q6 was slightly different than Q3 so I continue ...

    Q6: Start the Launchpad manually
    Right-click on the drive letter in My Computer which is associated with the
    U3 smart drive and which has the decscription, "U3 System" or "CD Drive".
    Select the Explore option from the menu. The contents of the drive letter
    will be displayed in Windows Explorer. Double-click "LaunchU3.exe". Does
    the U3 icon now appear in the system tray?

    If YES:

    1. Click the U3 icon to open the Launchpad, then select "Status and
    Settings"
    2. Select "U3 Launchpad Settings"
    3. Press the "Install the Launcher" button.

    Eject the U3 smart drive, then reinsert it. The U3 Launchpad should start
    automatically. If it does not, there is another problem with Autorun or
    security settings which we cannot address here. Please contact your system
    administrator or computer retailer.

    If NO:
    Do you see an error message which refers to a corrupt file system? YES | NO

    Answer = No.

    Q7: Is there a CD or DVD in a drive on the host computer?
    Answer = yes

    Remove the CD or DVD, and then start the Launchpad manually.

    Q8: Start the Launchpad manually
    Right-click on the drive letter in My Computer which is associated with the
    U3 smart drive and which has the decscription, "U3 System" or "CD Drive".
    Select the Explore option from the menu. The contents of the drive letter
    will be displayed in Windows Explorer. Double-click "LaunchU3.exe". Does
    the U3 icon now appear in the system tray?

    Answer = no
    Do you see an error message which refers to a corrupt file system? YES | NO
    Answer = no

    Now it loops back to the question ...
    Is there a CD or DVD in a drive on the host computer?
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 12, 2008
    #11
  12. Sherry Morris

    Why Tea Guest

    Re: There must be a way to MANUALLY run the Sandisk U3 flash driveautoplay!

    On Sep 12, 2:07 pm, Sherry Morris <> wrote:
    > On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 10:15:49 -0700 (PDT), Why Tea wrote:
    > >> How can I get a sandisk u3 usb flash drive to autorun manually?

    >
    > > I don't use U3. But looking at your autorun.inf, what gets auto-run
    > > is "LaunchU3.exe -a". Have you tried to run "LaunchU3.exe -a"?

    >
    > I was hopeful when you mentioned this but alas, all it did when I executed
    > "F:\launchu3.exe -a" was bring up the same thing on the pc which was
    > "C:\documents and settings\sherry\application data\<some long number>"
    > which isn't the same thing as bringing up the encryption dialog.
    >
    > I even unzipped the "F:\LaunchPad.zip" which contains the following:
    > 10/23/2007  09:27 AM           110,592 cleanup.exe
    > 10/23/2007  09:22 AM         3,350,528 Launchpad Removal.exe
    > 10/23/2007  10:14 AM         4,632,576 LaunchPad.exe
    > 10/23/2007  09:22 AM            58,842 Loading.gif
    > 10/23/2007  09:22 AM               328 Loading.htm
    > 10/23/2007  09:23 AM            78,576 LPHelp-ch.chm
    > 10/23/2007  09:23 AM            98,339 LPHelp-de.chm
    > 10/23/2007  09:23 AM           109,621 LPHelp-en.chm
    > 10/23/2007  09:23 AM            94,194 LPHelp-es.chm
    > 10/23/2007  09:23 AM            95,968 LPHelp-fr.chm
    > 10/23/2007  09:23 AM            94,331 LPHelp-it.chm
    > 10/23/2007  09:23 AM            90,017 LPHelp-jp.chm
    > 10/23/2007  09:23 AM            88,034 LPHelp-tw.chm
    > 10/23/2007  10:33 AM         2,129,920 LPSecurityExtension.dll
    > 10/23/2007  10:33 AM             1,901 LPSecurityExtension.dll.sig
    > 10/23/2007  10:32 AM           544,768 SanDiskFormatExtension..dll
    > 10/23/2007  10:32 AM             1,901 SanDiskFormatExtension.dll.sig
    > 10/23/2007  09:44 AM            54,584 U3AccessGrant.exe
    > 10/23/2007  09:23 AM         2,600,960 u3dapi10.dll
    > 10/23/2007  10:35 AM           718,336 U3LauncherSetup.msi
    > 10/23/2007  10:36 AM                 9 version.dat
    >               21 File(s)     14,954,325 bytes
    >
    > What do you think is the purpose of this zip file?
    >
    > Do you think there is something I can execute in the zip file that will
    > bring up the password file?
    >
    > I clicked on everything but maybe they need to be executed differently.


    I'd just take a step back to understand what the various sections
    mean in the autorun.inf. I know what [autorun] does, but I have no
    idea of what [CopyFiles] and [Definitions] do. Googling didn't find
    anything for me. The autorun is simply to execute what is specified
    in the autorun.inf. If we can understand what each section means,
    we must be able to do it manually. That's my theory anyway...
     
    Why Tea, Sep 12, 2008
    #12
  13. Re: There must be a way to MANUALLY run the Sandisk U3 flash drive autoplay!

    On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:29:53 -0700 (PDT), Why Tea wrote:
    > I'd just take a step back to understand what the various sections
    > mean in the autorun.inf. If we can understand what each section means,
    > we must be able to do it manually. That's my theory anyway...


    I agree. The autorun.inf seems to perform the following ...
    There MUST be other people out there with a SanDisk U3 flash drive?
    Aren't there?

    1. It looks like the autorun.inf first calls "LaunchU3.exe -a".
    2. Then, it looks like it unzips LaunchPad.zip and runs LaunchPad.exe
    (I think) which is inside that zip file.

    But, the question is how to run that manually?

    S

    [AutoRun]
    open=LaunchU3.exe -a
    icon=LaunchU3.exe,0

    [Definitions]
    Launchpad=LaunchPad.exe
    Vtype=2

    [CopyFiles]
    FileNumber=1
    File1=LaunchPad.zip

    [Update]
    URL=http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.1&brand=CruzerBFG


    [Comment]
    brand=CruzerBFG
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 13, 2008
    #13
  14. Sherry Morris

    Why Tea Guest

    Re: There must be a way to MANUALLY run the Sandisk U3 flash driveautoplay!

    On Sep 13, 11:12 am, Sherry Morris <> wrote:
    > On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:29:53 -0700 (PDT), Why Tea wrote:
    > > I'd just take a step back to understand what the various sections
    > > mean in the autorun.inf. If we can understand what each section means,
    > > we must be able to do it manually. That's my theory anyway...

    >
    > I agree. The autorun.inf seems to perform the following ...
    > There MUST be other people out there with a SanDisk U3 flash drive?
    > Aren't there?
    >
    > 1. It looks like the autorun.inf first calls "LaunchU3.exe -a".
    > 2. Then, it looks like it unzips LaunchPad.zip and runs LaunchPad.exe
    > (I think) which is inside that zip file.
    >
    > But, the question is how to run that manually?
    >
    > S
    >
    > [AutoRun]
    > open=LaunchU3.exe -a
    > icon=LaunchU3.exe,0
    >
    > [Definitions]
    > Launchpad=LaunchPad.exe
    > Vtype=2
    >
    > [CopyFiles]
    > FileNumber=1
    > File1=LaunchPad.zip
    >
    > [Update]
    > URL=http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp?custom=1.6.1.1&brand=...
    >
    > [Comment]
    > brand=CruzerBFG


    My guess is this, during auto-run:
    1) LaunchPad.zip is copied by Windows to
    "C:\documents and settings\sherry\application data\<some long
    number>"
    2) "LaunchU3.exe -a" is launched and it looks into the directory
    for LaunchPad.zip, unzip it and continue execution

    You can prove this on a "working" notebook by doing a search
    of the zip file in C:\documents and settings\ for all hidden and
    system files. You might find LaunchPad.zip there. I also think
    the <some long number> is generated by Windows during
    runtime and it could be different each time. If that's true, you
    might never be able to run it manually.
     
    Why Tea, Sep 13, 2008
    #14
  15. On 12 Sep 2008 23:31:03 -0500, Toby wrote:

    > Isn't this U3 stuff just about the worst kind of crap you have ever seen? I
    > made the mistake of buying a Cruzer micro, but never again.


    I guess I should start exploring the alternative. I can easily put the
    flash drive in another laptop which has autoplay turned on (despite the
    advice of most) and then type in the password and then copy the unencrypted
    files over to another flash drive.

    But, if I want the files to remain encrypted while on the flash drive, what
    is the alternative? Should I use Truecrypt freeware on the flash drive (do
    they even have a portable truecrypt?) Or gpg?

    What is the freeware that is recommended to install on a flash drive as a
    portable application for encryption of partitions?
     
    Sherry Morris, Sep 13, 2008
    #15
  16. Sherry Morris

    Ari Guest

    On Fri, 12 Sep 2008 22:20:10 -0700, Sherry Morris wrote:

    > Should I use Truecrypt freeware on the flash drive (do
    > they even have a portable truecrypt?)
    >
    > What is the freeware that is recommended to install on a flash drive as a
    > portable application for encryption of partitions?


    Yes, yes and Truecrypt.
    --
    http://hanginginthere247.blogspot.com/
     
    Ari, Sep 15, 2008
    #16
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