/How to Uninstall U3 from USB Flash Drive

How to Uninstall U3 from USB Flash Drive

I just received the SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive that I ordered last week. It’s a nice 8 GB USB flash drive with a retractable USB connector. I ordered it when it’s on sale for about $15.00.

When I first plugged it in, I noticed that this flash drive is U3 enabled. If you have not heard about U3, it’s a set of programs that let you install programs onto the flash drive. I first tried U3 out a few years ago and I didn’t like it. I was going to give it another try and see if it has improved over the years.

It took a while to download the programs to the flash drive. However, after the programs downloaded to the flash drive, the lauchpad program started to freeze. To my dissapointment, I looked for ways to uninstall it. I was going to use the disk management to reformat the drive, but the drive has a read only partition that I cannot remove. I looked for the utility to remove the read-only partition and it turned out the uninstall program is on the flash drive. Here are the steps.

  1. Run the launchpad program.
  2. Double click on the icon to open up the main windows.
  3. Click on Settings and the U3 Launchpad Settings.
    u3settings
  4. Click on Uninstall tab on the side and then Uninstall U3 Launchpad. Before you do this, make sure all the programs on the flash have been closed and all the explorer windows are closed, too.
    u3uninstall

After uninstallation, the drive has only one partition. The pesky ready only partition with U3 program is gone.