*takes a deep breath*
I have run the traps with Scandisk, I've searched high, low and in dark places that may have me rocking myself in the fetal position.
More to the point, god bless anyone who can help with this.
I have a ScanDisk Cruzer Micro.
This comes with the U3 software, I happen to like this U3 stuff. A+
When it works.
U3 does install a bit of software to your local machine to run the U3 Launchpad. That is not happening. It seems the directory where the files were installed were wiped, but I have a sneaking suspicion somehwere in Windows XP (SP3) registry that its hiding a reference to U3 that is no longer valid.
Backing up a bit, this is my second U3 drive. The first one, when I would insert it would createa U:\ drive and F:\ drive. Worked great - well until I used it to the point the poor thing literally fell apart.
So I got this new one. Our wonderful IT department here, everytime you insert a USB drive, each unique drive seems to require going into Computer Management and assigning it a drive letter.
So I put the new Cruzer in, it starts installing the U3 launchpad but the drives are fubar'd. So I go in and set the drives as they were U3 on U:\ the rest on F:\
That's when U3 took a big ole poop.
Every time I would try to launch U3 - it comes up instead with this empty directory: C:\Documents and Settings\PKlassen\Application Data\U3\01646318E781DAB9 (this last bit the 016463...etc is what makes me HIGHLY suspicious that something in the registry/computer management is pointing to the wrong thing - but what?)
So then I did this:
* I have run the uninstall tool for U3.
* I have wiped the U3 drive. - Wiping the USB drive caused it to be a good ole single drive letter F:\
So sweet, we're back to a run of the mill, single drive letter USB. Great if I want to haul around info. But no, I can't let life be that simple. I like my U3 apps.
So I go to ScanDisk's Web site, download the U3 installer. It makes the U:\ drive again along with maintaining the F:\ drive.
I go to launch U3 and once again instead of loading the program I'm dropped to this empty directory: C:\Documents and Settings\PKlassen\Application Data\U3\01646318E781DAB9
I have wiped, cleared, deleted, formatted and installed *everything but my laptop - which isn't an option lol THOUGH TEMPTING
I don't want to send folks on goose chases with my assumptions, but what in the WORLD folks? This is nuts. Frustrating too because it worked at one point. Life was happier then, I drank less. LOL
Thanks for any help!