- Some people find that they can use a generic usb thumb drive and not have a problem at all.
- Some folks have found that size matters... specifically anything over 512mb in size, may not work.
- Other tell me that solong as it is from the usb thumbdrive manufactuer "SanDisk" the drive is seen.
- Or only SanDisk Drives that have the U3 files removed will work.
....Then the final kicker...the one I have seen myself most often when trying to run some "unofficial testing"... the thumbdrive will only work if the embroidery machine is turned off BEFORE you plug in the drive, then turn the embroidery machine on.
It almost makes me want to do as the baseball guys do and wear the same socks or other undergarment that I was wearing when I got the first usb stick to work when working on other sticks...
Now folks, I am the first one to say I love to save a buck... and I am truly a digital cowgirl when working on how to "work a system independently" without help from the corporate powers that be.
But I truly have to say, for the money spent and or wasted trying to get away with a "cheaper" alternative to buying the drive from the embroidery machine manufacturer....it may be well worth breaking down and ordering an "official" one from the embroidery machine company.
Why? Well... as there is no hard and fast fix for me to post here to help you get along on your own with out shelling out the cash, and having to buy more drives to see if that size, type, brand works... I cannot advise anyone to buy any old thumbdrive and not fear that they will not find it more trouble than what it is worth... as not all "insert style name here" drives work. Many styles are different but are called the same thing... that just adds insult to injury.
I shelled out at least as much cash as it would have cost me to buy a new usb from an embroidery manufacturer after following many steps on line that I have seen in newsgroups, as I kept buying multiple drives until I got one to work.
So you can imagine, if I find it frustrating why I hesitate to recommend this to anyone.
I can tell you that it irks me to spend a lot of money on something that is an outdated and currently by today's standards, a tiny drive. I do hope that as an industry they wake up and change this soon... do not despair however.... there is a ray of hope from a quiet middle market contender that is showing some real gumption!
This manufacturer is allowing people to use an SD chip, available at any tech store. That company deserves a pat on the head and some extra kudos as I am going to mention them for a job well done....and that company would be Elna.
Trying to retro fit some existing stuff, they came up with the brilliant idea of using a good old embroidery memory card (remember those...when you had to use a card reader to move your designs from your laptop to the embroidery machine???) ....doing a little re-engineering to have an industry standard SD card slide into the card itself, and have that be the "modus sneakernetus"to move the motifs from place to place.
Absolutely brilliant! Kudos Elna!!!