Introduction: Uninstall U3 "Smart Drive" Software

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This instrutable will show how to uninstall the pre-installed U3 "Smart Drive" software included on some flash drives, such as my new 8GB San Disk Micro Cruzer, though it can be found on other drives

The only reason this instructable was made is because, uninstalling this "software" is not as cut and dry as any rational person would think it should be.

My major annoyance with U3 is the fact that it mounts itself, waits too long and mounts the drive containing the actual files I inserted the drive to access. Though the lack of usability and free software didn't slow down the decision making process.

Step 1: What to Do

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I have found the uninstall button in the software doesn't do a thing, so; (skip to 4, for app link)
1. Google search "U3 uninstall", and click on the first link (in purple), or click here for the direct link.
2. Click on the "Remove Launchpad" link, found at the bottom of the page
3. Click "Submit and Continue"
4. Click "Download the Uninstall Application", also available here
5. Download the Uninstall Application and Open it
6. Click "Run" on the prompt, Vista only
7. Wait for the software to Locate your Device
8. Click the radio button next to "Accept" and click the "Next" button
9. Click the checkbox and the "Next" button
10. Wait for the software to uninstall itself
11. Remove and re-insert your device, and click the "Done" button to close the uninstall application

That's it enjoy not having to wait for the U3 software to load and mounting itself before the drive


genetuck (author)2010-11-03

Thanks TK. I had disabled my Ativa U3 flash drive by trying to delete the annoying program from it. It was unusable and I couldn't open it. I spent an hour online searching for a solution, trying out a couple of other programs, before finding this one that you provided.

lieuwe (author)2010-02-07

 the easyest was still is just formating your drive, backup the stuff from the usb-stick, right click on the drive icon(not the cd one!), press fromat an hit ok, that should take a few mins, then move your stuff back to the drive, u3 removed for good, and no extra software needed...

Bicyclette (author)2009-09-17

this helped me. thanks

ReCreate (author)2009-05-03

I will just turn it into a removed by community request

Kiteman (author)2009-05-03

If you had anything positive in mind when posting that (other than attempting to somehow score points), you ought to have read to the start of the thread, and discovered where I began with constructive criticism.

Really, ReCreate, if you are going to troll back through all my old posts, you really are going to have to put in more effort than this. As a stalker, you fail badly.

Kiteman (author)2008-07-25

As ongissim said, you should have provided a direct link.

But ask yourself as well - Is this really worth an Instructable?

If the answer is yes, then you need to put a bit more effort into it. Your "Step 1" actually detailed eleven sub-steps - wouldn't it have made sense to break that up, illustrating your steps with the screen-shots that match just that step, and not all your images with every step?

If the answer is no, then maybe you should consider unpublishing this Instructable, and maybe starting a forum thread about U3 software and the best way to get rid of it or replace it.

TK (author)Kiteman2008-07-25

I like to bring all the pictures to the table at the beginning in order for the one using it not have to logon or use the "?ALLSTEPS" trick, I used screenshots so even the most computer-illiterate can understand, though I am not sure if my boxes are working at the moment (I am used to helping grandparents find their way around their new computer, so sorry if it seems a bit winded). I think this is worth an instructable, mostly because it has been up only one day and has over 100 views and 6 comments, and it was a pain to figure it out at first until I thought to use Google. I personally don't like it when I have to browse several pages to find what I am looking for, with my method I feel it is easy to jump to whichever step without difficulty, not everyone may like it and it may seem somewhat cluttered, but I prefer it that way.

ReCreate (author)TK2009-05-02

Ouch man,Mister smarty pants is telling you to delete this ible

Kiteman (author)TK2008-07-26

You think it's worth an Instructable because you had to think for a while before turning to google to find a website?

As I type, 132 views - that's out of the 70,000 new visits this site gets every day, and the 90,000 visits by regulars.

That's 0.08% of the potential views.

Of those, five people have thought it worth a comment.

Of those five people, only one had something positive to say.

That's one positive comment out of 160,000 possible comments.

Of the 132 views, only 3 people bothered to rate it, and your rating is "below average".

See? Quantity of visits does not indicate quality of Instructable, and this has neither.

TK (author)Kiteman2008-07-26

To be honest I didn't post this instructable to get hits or comments, I just wanted to help some people. The only reason I brought the views and comments up is because, while I am a complete novice in every sense of the word, this instructable has gotten quite a few (views and comments) for being such a simple instructable. Since you seem to have all the stats of the site I figured you would know the "be nice" policy, I am sorry if I offended you by giving you an extra link to click on if you were the least bit curious enough to click on it.

Kiteman (author)TK2008-07-27

I am quite aware of the "be nice" policy. Trust me, this is me being nice. I am also quite aware of the standards expected by this site. Trust me, your project doesn't meet them.

TK (author)Kiteman2008-07-27

The standards expected by the site, you need to look around a bit, I don't know why you're wasting your time telling me to unpost mine, when I barely make a dent in the site (I have 4 instructables), and not those that post several completely useless instructables (you must be very busy leaving comments) ...and I am sorry if I offended you by giving you an extra link to click on if you were the least bit curious enough to click on it. (why click on the link if you had no interest) And this is me being nice as well

ReCreate (author)2009-05-02

i did this the second i plugged in my flash drive

amakerguy (author)2009-01-31

Thanks man, I've always hated that software.

fwjs28 (author)2008-12-18

i have a problem...i used the uninstaller in the settings and every time it says close all open applications(which are) and exits...i really want this!

The Expert Noob (author)2008-11-12

well for those of you who dont like the launchpad, try this on for size.

spoolboyy (author)2008-08-29

THANKS! I tried everything to remove that software! I even followed SanDisk's instructions (almost two years ago) when I bought it and it would not remove! Thanks again for your help!

frollard (author)2008-07-28

U3 is a really smart powerful piece of software if you need it - if not, its a royal pain in the backside.

cokebottle tuque (author)2008-07-27

Ok so firstly U3 is utter crap and should be uninstalled asap, then the drive should then be properly partitioned and formatted. You will do better with just about any other app launcher out there. U3 should be considered on para with maleware. You have picked a good topic for an instructable but you haven't implemented it well. Maybe in the introduction explain just how long it takes for u3 to load, and how much of a pain it is to actually uninstall.

TK (author)cokebottle tuque2008-07-27

thanks for the tip, I think I'll add those, and thanks for commenting like an actual person

xACIDITYx (author)2008-07-27

I can describe how to uninstall U3, without any downloaded programs, in a single picture.

TK (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-27

If you had read through the instructable you would realize that in some cases the button doesn't do a thing (the only reason to look up this is if it didn't work) I guess I don't understand why people look through instructables simply to leave comments describing how the person posted it shouldn't have.

xACIDITYx (author)TK2008-07-27

i did look through the 'ible, but i was showing others that there is a simple way to do it to try that first.

TK (author)TK2008-07-27

Believe me I wish it had been that simple. I think every program made should have an uninstall app included (the one with my U3 didn't work)

ongissim (author)2008-07-25

Instead of saying "Google search for U3 uninstall" you could provide a link to the exact site you visited, so there is little chance for error. Also, you could just re-format the USB drive and everything will be gone without all the hassle.

TK (author)ongissim2008-07-25

I tried that and I swear the damn thing still mounted the U3 disk, I still don't know how it was possible especially when changing formats (FAT32 to NTFS).

ongissim (author)TK2008-07-25

When I formatted my disk I used the HP USB Format Disk Tool and it worked like a charm keeping the same (FAT) disk structure,

TK (author)ongissim2008-07-25

I don't have the HP USB Format Disk Tool, but I would think the MS Explorer format would work the same, but honestly I have no idea why re-formatting it with explorer didn't work for me (maybe because I always use Quick Format?)

bigwhitebear18 (author)2008-07-25

Reasons to uninstall U3 1) it's annoying 2) Portableapps is much better at it 3) it wont allow you to print pictures from Walgreens, walmart, cvs, etc and if you want it back, all you have to do is format the usb drive and reinstall it thanks for the instructable

xACIDITYx (author)bigwhitebear182008-07-25

But you can just turn U3 off...

TK (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-25

On my machine it still mounted itself (while turned off), and it took forever to reach the files I saved on my flash drive. Not everyone will want to uninstall it, but I provided this instructable for those who do (In my opinion it should be much simpler to uninstall any software, but in this case it wasn't so I wanted to same some people the hassle).

TK (author)TK2008-07-25

that last line is *save some people the hassle

TK (author)bigwhitebear182008-07-25

No problem at all bigwhitebear18, and I didn't know that last reason, thanks

xACIDITYx (author)2008-07-25

But why would you want to uninstall it? I mean, just set it so it doesn't autostart. It's only like 5 mb. Are you really straining for that 5 MB?

TK (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-25

To be honest the 5MB didn't bother me one bit, it was just the fact it took forever (on my PC) to mount the actual flash drive, which it does after mounting the U3 virtual disc (it mounted on my PC whether I had U3 set to auto-run or not), and if it had more usability such as that of portable apps (which I replaced it with) I most likely would have kept it.

lightswitch05 (author)2008-07-25

Since it all runs from the flash drive, does it really have to be "un-installed", can't you just:
1. Close the program
2. Open the flash drive
3. Select the files (anything on the drive that isn't yours)
4. Delete them
Am I missing something?

TK (author)lightswitch052008-07-25

That is the main reason I created this instructable, I wish it were that easy (I tried), and it still mounted and auto-reinstalled itself (I have no idea how it did it), and yes I have explorer set to show hidden files and folders, as well as all file extensions.

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