Disabling SanDisk’s Annoying U2 System Tray

Want to make your SanDisk U2 flash drive work like every other kind of flash drive? It’s actually pretty simple. A SanDisk flash drive connects to your computer as two separate drives. By denying the system drive access to your computer, the other drive where your data is stored can connect normally. Bingo! No more annoying U2 system tray.

I welcome comments on the following instructions. In particular, I would like to know if they work on Windows Vista and on legacy U2 flash drives. If anything is unclear, let me know.

Note: You will have to perform these steps on each computer that you use your flash drive with.

On Windows XP:

  1. Insert your SanDisk U2 flash drive and wait for it to attach to the system and wait for the U2 System Tray to load.
  2. Open My Computer and open the new Removable Disk drive. Delete the LaunchU2 file. Close My Computer.
  3. Now, right-Click on My Computer and choose Manage. This opens the Computer Management window.
  4. Choose Disk Management under Storage.
  5. In the pane to the right, you should see a list of connected disk drives. In this list, you should find two new drives for your SanDisk – one will say U2 System and the other will be your flash drive proper.
  6. Right-Click on the U2 System drive and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths…
  7. Click Remove and Yes when you are asked if you are sure.
  8. Now, exit the U2 System and eject your flash drive. When you reinsert it you should be U2 free.
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4 responses to “Disabling SanDisk’s Annoying U2 System Tray

  1. Thanks! It was really annoying having to wait for that SanDisk application to finish loading. And it’s completely useless as well. It didn’t even give me a choice whether to use it or not, it just started creating folders and programs on the USB stick and then started a program on my computer I didn’t even ask for.

  2. or you could always do it the easy way……enter the u2 utility setting and it actually has a formatting option which removes itself

  3. The newer U3 version does have this ability, but at the time I wrote this post my flash drive used U2 which did not. SanDisk had not yet come out with U3 (or a U2 version) with the removal feature.

  4. Thanks Well done dude. It worked for me.

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