Have you ever come across a USB flash drive that needs an administrator to install something before you can use it? If so, what did you find that was going on (what required admin?) and how did you get around it?

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Requiring a driver is typical of flash drives / USB keys that have either the ability to run software with the U3 system, encryption software, backup software, or the high transfer speed drives. These drivers can require administrative rights to install.
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could it be the flash drive contains its own custom drivers (I have one of those at home) that it tries to install when you plug it in?

Does the drive not work at all without admin rights?

 

P.S; nice picture :)

Answered 04/30/2012 by: pjgeutjens
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  • Its most likely this, or possibly GPO related (which I assume you would know if your an admin), or an endpoint system to lock down external drives (again I would assume you could rule this out as an admin).
  • yeah, it is something driver or otherwise that needs installed... have you ever seen this?

    We don't have any GP settings to lock down drives.
  • yes, I have, like I said I have a USB drive at home that contains driver software on it, it installs it when plugged in, probably through the AutoRun. Some devices might also contain similar drivers on embedded memory.

    Best solution would be to isolate the driver and preinstall it on the machine imo, or if the driver's not really needed, just disable autorun on the system.
  • Requiring a driver is typical of flash drives / USB keys that have either the ability to run software with the U3 system, encryption software, backup software, or the high transfer speed drives.
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