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What exactly makes a U3 drive a U3 drive?

OK After playing around and reading a crap load of info on U3 and what not, I am left with the same question. What exactly makes a U3 USB drive really that much different than an ordinary USB Flash drive besides the fact that the U3 drive is/was partitioned into 2 separate file systems one of which is a CDFS and the a FAT partition.

I know that most standard USB Flash Drives can not be partitioned into more than one partition, but even that can be gotten around.

A lot of people say its Hardware that makes a U3 drive different. I kinda beg to differ. I mean granit Firmware is kinda a combo of both hardware and software together.

So what I was thinking is what is to stop anyone from being able to create a special tool/util that can partition the drive into 2 peices 1 being a CDFS and the other a FAT and presto for all practical purposes you have a U3 (clone). Smile

Just me thinking a little. But I tend to talk out my A$$ sometimes so bare with me.

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LOL

...what is to stop anyone from being able to create a special tool/util that can partition the drive into 2 peices
Can't do it with just software. You have to reflash the drive with the Firmware. Although, could be possible...
Maybe one for Libertà...
Oh and another thing U3 has is the U3 Launchpad.
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I

wouldn't like to comment on any anything that I may or may not be researching or writing in regards to this topic Wink

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LOL

So, theoretically, supposing you were thinking of it, not saying you were, but if you were, how deep in to it would you be, theorically?
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Well

supposing that I was, which I may not be, I might say that I have, or have not, started to write something that may, or may not do some of the things in this topic, or not Wink

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Oh, just be honest! You're such a tease! Blum

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Yeh

I'll admit to that Smile

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ROFL

Cool.
When can we expect a beta and can I help in anyway?
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Sometime

after the summer... if you're lucky!

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Hmm

Your summer or mine?
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On that note!

Thats one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind!

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