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And for all the members questioning why I advised using dd.
I punched "U3 device" in Google search and speed read a Wikipedia article on it. Two things that registered were:
1: Unique FAT file system (proprietary, between SanDisk and Microsoft)
2: Hidden system files/folders
Having extensive Windows experience, I know Windows can/will skip steps in processes if it sees the step has already been performed or everything is already in place, or if there are orders to do so in hidden files.
Simply reformatting the pen drive may have been enough, but because of the uniqueness of this particular type of pen drive, and observed Windows habits, I sought to end this thread before this new member got frustrated by advising such to zero the drive before reformatting.
And as such, this new member now has experience with one of the many superior features of a standard Unix/Linux operating system..."dd".