flash drive serial number seems different on Mac & Win

Alex Shaw alex at harryscollar.com
Fri Dec 22 02:14:05 EST 2006

Hi Phil

Try using the values from the windows registry..


The serial number seems to be consistent with OSX on the USB devices 
I've tried.


Phil Davis wrote:
> Can anyone tell me how to resolve this issue?
> On Windows, I plug in a generic flash drive and do a "vol". here's what 
> I get:
>  Volume in drive E has no label.
>  Volume Serial Number is D50E-596C    <---- key item here
> Then I switch over to Mac OS X and do a "system_profiler SPUSBFileType" 
> in terminal. Here's what I get (just the relevant part):
>     USB Flash Memory:
>       Capacity: 489 MB
>       Removable Media: Yes
>       Detachable Drive: Yes
>       BSD Name: disk2
>       Version: 1.00
>       Bus Power (mA): 500
>       Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
>       OS9 Drivers: No
>       Product ID: 0x6533
>       Serial Number: 0B205760D0225926    <---- key item here
>       S.M.A.R.T. status: Not Supported
>       Vendor ID: 0x0930
>       ...
> Note that the reported serial numbers are different, even though they 
> are reporting info about one and the same device. I've tried some base 
> conversions to resolve the differences, but without success.
> Can anyone please explain how to reconcile the difference between the 
> two reports? Thanks in advance for all comments - this list is *stinking 
> rich* with experience!
> Phil Davis
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