Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

h2testw – Gold standard in detecting fake capacity flash

The free program h2testw has proved its worth in detecting flash drives which have been programmed to miss-report capacity (what we now call frankenflash). We give H2testw 1.4 the highest rating and recommend it for testing fraudulently programmed USB Flash Drives for the following reasons:

  1. Easy to Use
  2. Tested to work on 1.1 and 2.0 USB Ports
  3. Tested to work to analyze drives advertised as 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and yes …64 GB capacity.
  4. Reports what the operating system sees size to be.
  5. Will write 1 GB files up to the reported size – requiring no work on your part except patience if it is a large drive and a slow computer
  6. Will read all the files it wrote and verify them
  7. Will report that the test ran without problems if all is well
  8. Will produce a detailed report showing the true capacity, how much data has been lost/corrupted and whether there are aliased memory addresses if problems are found.
  9. Output results can easily be copied and pasted into notepad to be saved as a text file.
  10. The program is free

The readme.txt file provides:

  • Explanation of the program and what it does for general computer users
  • Information on how to interpret the results
  • Technical information for those who have a deeper understanding of data storage and file writing and for the skeptics out there.

It has been invaluable to those who (like me) now test all flash they buy (wherever from) to avoid potential data loss arising from use of a falsely programmed device. You can download this free program here:

download h2testw by Harald Bögeholz published by c’t magazine for computer technology

Save the downloaded zip file to your desktop an run the exe file in the folder to install the program on your computer. To test your flash launch the program, select your language (German or English) and select the target drive.

The program will fill your device with numbers and letters in 1000Mb lots and then try to read it back . If your device works as claimed it will tell you that the test ran without problems and you can delete the test files. If not you will get a detailed report.

The results from H2testw have been verified on drives detected as fakes. How?

  1. Drives were dissembled
  2. Controller chips were identified
  3. Flash chips were identified
  4. Searches on the actual flash drives using their identification number revealed their true capacity. These matched the output from the H2testw Program.

In a few cases, when drives were disassembled, epoxy glue removed holding the flash drive to the bottom casing, quality control stickers were found with a size circled. The size? Exactly what H2testw reported as the capacity it could write to. All drives autopsied for investigation and validation of this program were purchased on eBay.

No other program that can match these features has been found. Therefore, H2testw has been adopted as the gold standard in detection of flash that reports a false capacity to the operating system.

However – this program is windows only. 

A word to the terrified:
We fully understand the caution people feel about downloading things from the web, the blog authors are also very cautious about this. For anyone who is worried about following the link please be assured that the download page is on the website of a reputable german computer magazine.

The program was written by Harald Bögeholz (who works for the magazine) after they found that the flash drives they gave away a couple of years back were actually fake! The program was originally written for their readers to make up for the mistake. You can follow the link with confidence – or (if you prefer) you can search for the page with google – but for goodness sake if you buy flash memory get the program h2testw!

UPDATE AUGUST 2010: Michel Machado has developed a program for linux users called F3 (after Fight Flash Fraud – how nice!) but reports from those who have used it are a bit inconclusive as to how user-friendly it is if you aren’t very technical. If you want to give it a go you can download F3 here – let us know how you get on if you try this!

UPDATE SEPT 2010: Another Linux programmer has started work on an alternative solution but we don’t know how far he has got yet.

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  1. Seems as though it has a bad sector, but most of it is useable; so it is not a fake just slightly faulty by the looks of it. Perhaps the retailer would refund you or exchange it for another one. By the way – the bigger the capacity the more likely you are to have faults and problems. I never buy ones over 16gb for this reason.

    If you cannot either get a refund or replacement there are sites which can tell you how to isolate the bad sector so that it isn’t used to store your data; however if there are faults then it suggests the media is low grade and therefore less reliable. Do a google search and hopefully you will find what you need.

    fightflashfraud

    February 8, 2013 at 9:49 AM

  2. Many thanks for your article about H2testw. I bought Kingston 32GB USB from a online retailer’s ebay outlet and I tested it with H2testw. However, it reported as following:

    The media is likely to be defective.
    30.0 GByte OK
    4.0 KByte DATA LOST

    Is there something wrong with the usb? Should I be worried?

    minhdocs-kingston32gb@yahoo.co.uk

    February 7, 2013 at 6:22 PM

  3. Here comments are read before being published, rather than using filters, and a human being makes a decision regarding whether to allow any included links or not – and one to the direct download would have been allowed. Thanks for letting us know that the translator proxy is no longer working, we were unaware of this. We have now updated to a direct link.

    Chrome did not exist when this site was set up; no browser translated automatically back then. Most users who were fooled would not have had the computer know-how to get the text at heise translated, which is why we used the proxy.

    We gave up wasting our time on the issue of fake flash after years of banging our heads against a brick wall. As you may notice we have not added new content here for a considerable time – just left things in place for information.

    Anyway, thanks again for pointing this out!

    fightflashfraud

    January 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM

  4. Your “word to the terrified” (for people *like myself* who didn’t click through on the link) is misinformed. It’s happening for at least two reasons: that link you posted is going through a numeric proxy (that 209 address which routes through 1e100 (dot) net) which maybe was a translator proxy once upon a time… and the fact that this proxy is apparently dead. It’s always hard to tell what an unfamiliar proxy is doing on the Wild Web, especially a numeric one. Is it an ad server? Will it add spam or malware to my web experience? It’s safer to go directly to the site.

    So (since you’re still getting hits for this search), please post the actual direct link to the heise (dot) de page for h2testw instead…. readers can easily figure out how to use Google Translate (Chrome offers to translate automagically). (I’d post the proper links here but most good comment filters remove those).

    MartyMacGyver

    January 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

  5. Hi there, sorry for the delay in approving your comment – have had no access for the last three days and nobody else with the power to approve comments and write posts seems to have been around lately. I think you were offered this power some years back – if you want it, it is there for the taking…

    fightflashfraud

    August 4, 2012 at 9:53 PM

  6. The fact that thelord786 sells the 512GB drives with no guarantee and that the seller has received negative feedback for selling fake flash drives (toshiba 64GB) should make you suspicious of the product.

    Also the largest USB flash drives are 256GB. The technology to make 512GB drives has just recently been developed and has not been incorporated in any commercially available flash drive. See this post.

    http://www.tweaktown.com/news/23500/mosaid_develops_world_s_first_512gb_16_die_nand_flash_stack/index.html

    ITGuy

    August 4, 2012 at 5:07 AM

  7. Over time the fraudsters in China have adjusted to changing circs and are now using chips that store more data than a few years ago so. You have to run a longer test now (possibly 16gb+) than we originally suggested now. The model you bought looks like a well known fake that has been sold for over 10 years at various (supposed) capacities. I have a couple of these myself – though of lower claimed capacity than 512GB.

    As far as I am aware (lost interest in this issue a while back) there are still no USB flash drives of this capacity being produced. I’ve been away most of the last week and didn’t have internet access where I was staying so apols for the tardy response. We did have a team of folk originally but we all lost interest because buyers failed to heed our warnings. I look in occasionally but I don’t think anyone else bothers anymore. Ebay doesn’t seem to give a stuff.

    fightflashfraud

    August 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

  8. Just bought three 512 GB GE-FC from thelord786 in e-bay – he has 99%

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290741080859?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2648#ht_1158wt_1037

    They work fine and your test program validates them – so far – but they are sensitive – a massive full disk copy corrupted one of them.. and a clone situation is out of course.. but they work and behave as promised

    thanks

    grizzly

    July 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

  9. Just bought three from a guy on craigslist still in the package. I installed on my phone, and put files on there, but none of the files showed up. Took out the (32gb) microsd card and ran this test on it. And here is what came back:

    Warning: Only 32033 of 32034 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.7 GByte OK (3710944 sectors)
    29.5 GByte DATA LOST (61892640 sectors)
    Details:29.5 GByte overwritten (61887590 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    2.4 MByte corrupted (5050 sectors)
    103.5 MByte aliased memory (211974 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000005cdfc000
    Expected: 0x000000005cdfc000
    Found: 0x000000005d8fc000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.14 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 1.20 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Now, I have the guys phone number and his address. I just sent him a text message this morning letting them know that they were fake, but he never responded. So, he can either refund my money, catch a serious ass beatdown, or I can report him to the authorities and craigslist. The choice is his. I am thankful for the h2testw program. Peace.

    Powerful Asiatic Born AMon

    June 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM

  10. Looks like it – not worth trying to do anything with.

    fightflashfraud

    June 15, 2012 at 7:39 PM

  11. The media is likely to be defective.
    234 MByte OK (479232 sectors)
    31.0 GByte DATA LOST (65024000 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    31.0 GByte corrupted (65024000 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000000d8f5000
    Expected: 0x000000000d8f5000
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.77 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 5.36 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    what is this means? the real capicity is just only 234mb? then i rather give up to repair it T.T

    yin

    June 15, 2012 at 7:43 AM

  12. You didn’t say what the error was so can’t say what the error means. A faulty card reader can cause problems with reading a card. Normally this would make it unlikely you could run the test at all, however an access failure caused by a faulty reader could possibly cause a read/write error which might seem like a false positive.

    If the test runs ok using the built in reader then I’d assume the card itself is ok.

    fightflashfraud

    April 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

  13. I encountered the following error while testing a 32GB sandisk card after only a few hundred mb while testing using a very cheap cardreader from ebay. When testing the same SD card in the built-in reader of a dell lattitude the issue doesn’t appear. What does this mean? Can some of all these detected faulty cards be false positives caused by bad readers rather than bad cards?

    Rune

    April 20, 2012 at 3:26 PM

  14. After becoming a victim to “Flash fraud” from Ebay, I gave F3 a test on Linux and it works fine.
    There are sperate executables to write, then read and verify the files.
    I found that my 32G card was a rather poor 1.8G with only 1Mb/S write speed. The card had been programmed to report itself as 32G and indeed, allowed 32G of data to be written, most of which was of course lost.
    Ebay have removed the listing an I have my money back ;-)

    Frank Johnson

    April 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

  15. Another test is the open source program s3u on sourceforge. s3u is nowhere as user friendly as this program and I am not even sure s3u works with windows 7. But it tests at a lower level testing each bit in each block and usually tests the peak speed without filesystem interference. However, it completely erases formatting.

    kgoulet

    April 3, 2012 at 8:54 PM

  16. I take it that they are both totally corrupt and the test won’t actually run? When you first look both the operating system and the test program will show what the drive has been programmed to show as it’s capacity.

    In this case the one sold as 16GB has been programmed to show itself as 32GB as well as the one sold as 32GB – an immediate indicaton that the 16GB is fake, without even running the test. Only when the test has finished running is the true capacity revealed. Often the true capacity of fakes is 2GB or less.

    If you give details of where you bought them on the report fakes and counterfeits page this would warn others about the supplier.

    fightflashfraud

    December 26, 2011 at 4:04 PM

  17. dear Friends, I am also victim of fake flash drive. I have purchase two jetflash 32GB and 16 GB pen drive. But When i am trying to copy the data, it won’t. I have used H2testw software and verify the capacity, surprising its a 31940 MB in both pen drive. 32 GB pen drive has Green belt and 16 GB has Blue.

    Beware from such kind of fraud

    Avinash

    December 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM

  18. If a USB flash drive is supposedly 250 Gig then it is assuredly a fake – no need to test to tell that as this is not a capacity they are made in by anyone! Fakes (even if you can reprogram them back to their original or a lower capacity) are likely to fail at any point. My advice is get your money back and destroy the darned things.

    fightflashfraud

    October 27, 2011 at 7:41 PM

  19. it took about a 24 hours to verify and the capacity read 750 megs!! imagine that! now im busy doing a supposedly 250gig, only 44000mgs got written and it will take 100hours to verify! i need to know whats the true capacity.

    Abu Kad

    October 27, 2011 at 2:11 PM

  20. The original real capacity was probably either 1GB or 2GB – it is certainly a fake.

    fightflashfraud

    October 26, 2011 at 6:18 PM

  21. The media is likely to be defective.
    0 KByte OK (0 sectors)
    21.4 GByte DATA LOST (44972032 sectors)
    Details:734.2 MByte overwritten (1503744 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    20.7 GByte corrupted (43468288 sectors)
    734.2 MByte aliased memory (1503744 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000000000000
    Expected: 0x0000000000000000
    Found: 0x0000001e00000000
    H2testw version 1.3

    verifying at 3.04MBytes/s

    took 2hrs30mins to write at 14MBytes/s

    so its a fake right? but the test is still running, what id like to know is, what would the full capacity be anyway? i would have to wait for the test to be completed isnt it?

    Abu Kad

    October 25, 2011 at 12:35 PM

  22. Here is a neat hack to use truecrypt
    http://truecrypt.org
    format drive completely make a new MBR and a new single parition for the entire flash drive.

    Now examine how much space is claimed.

    Now open truecrypt and make a container file to that size in GB round down if need be.(or make multiple files) (Use whatever algorythm is fastest, we are not actually storing data). Since an empty truecrypt partion will be full of strong pseudo random data, they will be impossible to duplicate, and you can make them any size you want.

    Now copy the new truecrypt container to your flash disk. retain a copy on your hard drive. once it finishes, make a hash sum of both files. If hash sums on both original and the copy are the same, then you can assume the flash drive will hold at least the amount of data equal to the file size.

    This will take a while, but its fool proof. There is no fake that can beat this test.

    Gi Jack

    September 29, 2011 at 7:04 PM

  23. Last month I discovered the site ioffer.com. I bought two micro 32 SDHC cards for $40.00 including shipping from user microsoft518. After using H2testw my read out on the one card revealed that I have a 1 gigabyte card, not a 32 gigabyte as listed.

    Here is a copy of my progress from h2testw

    The media is likely to be defective.
    978 MByte OK (2002944 sectors)
    30.0 GByte DATA LOST (63090688 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    30.0 GByte corrupted (63090688 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000003c1f2000
    Expected: 0x000000003c1f2000
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 3.36 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 3.29 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Stephen

    September 29, 2011 at 4:34 PM

  24. It’s dire, but not the worst we’ve seen!

    fightflashfraud

    September 12, 2011 at 12:48 PM

  25. Hi,

    i’ve got a 512GB Sony Vaio USB drive as a present from hongkong or shenzen,
    After copying files on it started to mess up. I then formatted it to exFAT, as NTFS formatting was a failure.

    Then i ran the h2testw:

    Warning: Only 2048 of 511983 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    107.6 MByte OK (220544 sectors)
    1.8 GByte DATA LOST (3973760 sectors)
    Details:1.4 GByte overwritten (2980320 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    485.0 MByte corrupted (993440 sectors)
    1.5 KByte aliased memory (3 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000006bb0000
    Expected: 0x0000000006bb0000
    Found: 0x00000000aa55aa55
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 17.0 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    i think it is one of the worst fakes around, isnt it?

    Jinn

    jinn

    September 11, 2011 at 7:44 PM

  26. At that price is was certainly fake anyway – there are heaps of fakes on ioffer. As you have destroyed it you won’t be able to prove it was fake and so no chance of a refund. What on earth posessed you to mess with it?

    fightflashfraud

    September 2, 2011 at 2:19 PM

  27. I purchased a 256 gb flash drive from ioffer.com. it was only $28 with shipping. it came from china so i was expecting it to be fake. When i recieved the product…. it was the real thing. i ran memory tests, and i formated it before i used it so it cant silently copy files. It was Kingston.

    However… I cracked open the case (it was huge) and exposed the board. then i did some mods with a solder gun. everything was fine until i accidentally melted the chip. that sucked.

    What im getting at is dont trust these auctions from China. If you do the math, a 640 gb in AMERICA is around $1000 or so depending on where you get it at. Even though the seller is in China, the seller would be loosing money compared to production cost and over seize shipping and I did take in the fact of currency difference

    Cweaver

    September 2, 2011 at 4:13 AM

  28. Seems there is a fault if there was a writing error.

    fightflashfraud

    August 18, 2011 at 8:56 AM

  29. Hi! Did the test for 8000 and got the following:

    Error writing file ‘H:\3.h2w’, offset 0x19600000.
    It is still possible to verify the test data written up to this point.
    (Introduziu a disquete errada na unidade.
    Introduza Code 34)
    Warning: Only 8000 of 127995 MByte tested.
    Writing speed: 4.27 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    What does this mean?

    silva

    August 16, 2011 at 10:42 PM

  30. l am one of the victims of the fake storages world. l got 32gb kingston class 4 sdhc and it was revealed by this awesome program that was only 8gb :p while i was purchasing the card, it had all original hologram sticker and packing. Duplicate industry has so improved in packings to fool customers :) please be careful while purchasing. Take the shop’s name and details saying to the shop keeper that you r going to test it n incase the product is found to be fake you r going to take necessary actions with the local authorities. That will give them a good lesson :)
    Thanx for the efforts while developing this program :)

    yamm

    June 21, 2011 at 1:10 PM

  31. Thank you
    I have contacted the seller for a refund.
    Would Kingston be interested in the details?

    Rob Owen

    May 10, 2011 at 5:26 PM

  32. Rob,
    From your comments about the performance of your card, and the content of the h2testw report, I would suggest you have a definite fake.
    Follows closely all previous tests of similar fakes.
    (Mod)

    nandinium

    May 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

  33. Apologies, Just noticed that you (FFF) said in February that you would no longer be following this blog, however if you are still looking in every so often, I would appreciate your opinion regarding my earlier question / post.

    Rob Owen

    May 8, 2011 at 4:44 PM

  34. Hi I bought an 8GB Kinston Micro SD which has consistently failed to write past 3.5GB, using phone or card reader, files are usually overwritten past this point. It is reported in explorer (pc and phone) as 8gb.
    Below are results of h2testw
    I would be grateful if anybody could verify whether this is an 8gb card or if it is a faulty 8gb card.

    The three files written to card by the test total just short of 3gb.

    Error writing file ‘I:\3.h2w’, offset 0x3c300000.
    It is still possible to verify the test data written up to this point.
    (The system cannot find the file specified. Code 2)
    Warning: Only 7851 of 7852 MByte tested.
    Writing speed: 3.72 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Warning: Only 3011 of 7852 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.9 GByte OK (4020160 sectors)
    1.0 GByte DATA LOST (2146368 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    1.0 GByte corrupted (2146368 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000007aaf8000
    Expected: 0x000000007aaf8000
    Found: 0x0000000000000000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 10.7 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Rob Owen

    May 2, 2011 at 7:01 PM

  35. Is Amazon as risky a place to buy these as eBay? I bought a Kingston DT310 from “Uni-K Sales” http://www.amazon.com/gp/shops/storefront/index.html?ie=UTF8&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&sellerID=A1N93Q7LUG

    I’m trying to figure out how to run the testing program, and I think it’s doing what it’s supposed to do… but to be honest I’m not savvy enough to be sure.

    Tammy

    March 7, 2011 at 2:12 AM

  36. Sadly what it means is that you have TWO FAKE capacity flash drives. If they were REAL, and IF you had the patience to wait for the few hours required to test them completely, they would show 63+GB and 125+GB respectively, as they are they both show considerable less REAL capacity than their name implies, you can see this by the failures in the report, and the maximum written to successfully value.

    Micro

    March 5, 2011 at 4:12 PM

  37. Hi
    I used h2testw to test my 64gb and 128gb I bought off ebay, I don’t know what that meants and the real capabicity of each flash. here is the results:
    64gb:
    Warning: Only 14145 of 64624 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.9 GByte OK (4065280 sectors)
    11.8 GByte DATA LOST (24903680 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    11.8 GByte corrupted (24903680 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000007bea0000
    Expected: 0x000000007bea0000
    Found: 0xffffffffffffffff
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 4.56 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    AND THE 128GB:
    Warning: Only 8020 of 129247 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    3.0 GByte OK (6332170 sectors)
    4.8 GByte DATA LOST (10092790 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    3 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 6 sectors)
    4.8 GByte corrupted (10092784 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000004b68de58
    Expected: 0xa5e2fafa065705c1
    Found: 0xa5e2fefa065705c1
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 5.72 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Thank you.

    khanh Nguyen

    March 4, 2011 at 4:47 PM

  38. first poster –> bought a 128gb for 5$ and came up as an 8gb card? euhm… ya know, 8gb for 5 bucks is still an awesome deal! But yeah, a bit too obvious.

    I’ve gotten screwed twice already, buying “8gb” micro-sd cards for 20$ only to have them tested as 2gb cards… always got my refund so didn’t care that much. Right now I’m testing an 8gb Patriot “LX Series” class 10 … 20$ … seems reasonable but you never know!

    MitchRapp

    February 7, 2011 at 8:48 PM

  39. I ran the test on my new “128gb” Kingston Data Traveler. Luckily unlike some here, I only lost $5 in my lesson learned. There was a guy at an outdoor flea market in N. Georgia practically giving away boxes of computer components, drives, etc. I saw these VERY NICELY packaged flash drives in the “Original” Kingston package. My Father-in-law bought 2 for $10 and I got the last one. “”This guy doesn’t know what he has!!!”, We thought………. Well here are my test results.

    Warning: Only 8000 of 130995 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    96 MByte OK (196608 sectors)
    7.7 GByte DATA LOST (16187392 sectors)
    Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    7.7 GByte corrupted (16187392 sectors)
    0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000005d40000
    Expected: 0x0000000005d40000
    Found: 0xffffffffffffffff
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 2.83 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 3.24 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    DemoJunky

    February 5, 2011 at 2:52 AM

  40. Looks like it Jim,
    The results suggest that the real capacity was probably 2GB.

    fightflashfraud

    January 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM

  41. Here are the results of the test on the 32gb card i bought off ebay

    Warning: Only 1328 of 31190 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    836.0 MByte OK (1712152 sectors)
    491.9 MByte DATA LOST (1007592 sectors)
    Details:1.3 MByte overwritten (2672 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    490.6 MByte corrupted (1004920 sectors)
    1.3 MByte aliased memory (2672 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x0000000033d2e800
    Expected: 0x0000000033d2e800
    Found: 0x0000000052d2ea00
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 3.09 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    I take it its fake then?

    Jim

    January 9, 2011 at 9:26 AM

  42. Hi Niaz,
    Testing the full 32GB will take at least an hour – normally what we’d do is test the first 8GB before running a test on the whole thing. If you got a fake then it will usually have failed before the 8GB point. To be sure you can then delete the test files and run a test on the whole thing overnight.

    Afraid a low speed like this does rather look like bad news!!

    fightflashfraud

    December 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM

  43. Hi I have a reading so far of 6.7Mbytes per second, it is still continuing to test the 32GB Ultra fast 30Mbytes/s card. Should I be worried? It now reads 7.0 Mbytes/s how long should I let this go on for?
    Seems it will take over an hour.

    It is clearly NOT AS FAST as it should be??

    Thanks

    Niaz

    December 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM

  44. Hi Winston,

    A high feedback Score is never enough to go by – you have to analyse that feedback!

    • What sort of item was positive feedback for – fraudsters commonly build up massive feedback with sales of cheap styluses, MP player sleeves and other such items – with some cheap jewellery is a favourite.
    • Feedback comments can also be false – they may come from “ghost” transactions where nothing was actually bought or sold – we have reported many times about fraudsters giving each other false positive feedback – check whether any buyer feedback is from known sellers of fakes – this is extremely common with Singapore based fraudsters.
    • Sometimes buyers have been bribed to revise negative feedback – check whether any comments have been revised.

    Perhaps you can see from this why we say feedback is no guide! A big clue to the fact that a flash drive or other flash memory item is likely to be fake is price – if the buy it now price seems too good to be true then it probably is and if a seller has a large number of flash memory items listed at auction with a low start price, beware.

    A lot of the clues come in the pictures, especially with brand name items – a couple of important considerations for brand name items:

    • Does the model shown exist at all, or is it an invention?
    • Does it come in the capacity advertised?
    • For Kingston flash drives – can any engraving be seen on the USB connector and is there a serial number on the pack?

    For generic flash drives there are other clues that we have mentioned in various posts – there are some types of packaging that always contain fakes and where you see little shiny capacity stickers you are looking at a fake. Hope this helps a bit Winston! Quite frankly though, buying flash memory at all on ebay is risky.

    fightflashfraud

    September 26, 2010 at 9:13 AM

  45. So how do we know which flash drives on ebay are real and which aren’t? Isn’t the seller feedback rating the main indicator?

    Also, can this test program be used on a flash drive that already contains files? Or only on an empty one?

    Winston

    September 26, 2010 at 3:22 AM

  46. Hi Michel,
    We’re very interested in what you’ve done – one of our team is going to dig out a linux machine so he can try compiling and using your solution – we may well do an article on it once he’s had a look.

    fightflashfraud

    August 11, 2010 at 9:40 AM

  47. Hi there,

    I’d like to let everybody know that I’ve implemented an open source version of H2testw’s algorithm called F3. It’s available at http://oss.digirati.com.br/f3/

    I’ve only tested F3 on my Ubuntu box, but it should compile and run on other platforms as well.

    Enjoy it!

    Michel Machado

    August 10, 2010 at 5:06 PM

  48. Hi David,
    Not can’t – won’t!! Unfortunately their “so called” buyer protection only goes as far as ebay (same company) and even there getting a refund can be a bit of a fight! However, a chargeback can be done against paypal if you funded your payment through one of the more helpful credit card companies.

    fightflashfraud

    June 7, 2010 at 8:23 PM

  49. paid through PAYPAL and they already sent be an email that they can’t do anything — SEE Below

    Our investigation into your claim is complete. As stated in our User Agreement, the claims process only applies to the shipment of goods. It does not apply to complaints about the attributes or quality of goods
    received. Therefore, we are unable to reverse this transaction or issue a refund.

    Davd S

    June 7, 2010 at 8:10 PM

  50. Hi David,

    If you paid by credit card the card company may be able to do a chargeback if (as I suspect from what you’ve said) the drive was a counterfeit Kingston. Kingston may be able to help with this. You certainly should get a refund – as the sale of counterfeits is illegal!! Whether you actually do depends partly on your card company’s policy.

    Good luck!

    fightflashfraud

    June 7, 2010 at 7:53 PM

  51. pretty much got it – FAKE – lol knew it was to good to be true for a 128GB – Thanks for ur time now i have to try to get money back on this lol probably not gona happen

    Davd S

    June 7, 2010 at 7:37 PM

  52. Hi David,

    Your results show that the flash drive has, as expected, only a 4GB memory chip. The chip is of a rather higher quality than that used in most counterfeits which contain lower grade chips that can only store up to 3.7GB at most or total rejects of worse quality that should have been destroyed.

    The flash memory chip in your flash drive is second tier – not top banana, but would have been fine if used to produce a run-of-the mill 4GB flash drive rather than being used in a device where the control chip has been programed to report a false capacity.

    Does this make any sense to you or have I gone over your head??

    fightflashfraud

    June 7, 2010 at 7:28 PM

  53. heres what i got. not sure if i did it right or what this all means.

    Warning: Only 21644 of 131967 MByte tested.
    The media is likely to be defective.
    3.9 GByte OK (8266752 sectors)
    17.1 GByte DATA LOST (36060160 sectors)
    Details:7.3 MByte overwritten (14976 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    17.1 GByte corrupted (36045184 sectors)
    7.3 MByte aliased memory (14976 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x00000000facb0000
    Expected: 0x00000000facb0000
    Found: 0xffffffffffffffff
    H2testw version 1.3
    Reading speed: 4.20 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    Davd S

    June 7, 2010 at 7:14 PM

  54. Hi David,

    For fakes bought on ebay there is a database (run by another blog) where the evidence is being gathered as proof of all the fraud on the site, however there is no mechanism in place for recording evidence of fraud on other sites. If you are just unsure about interpreting your results you can leave them in a comment and we’ll tell you the size of memory chip in the drive.

    We’re going to do a short post about the site you bought from on Saturday – so maybe we could use your results in that article??

    fightflashfraud

    June 7, 2010 at 5:47 PM

  55. where can i send the results to ?

    Davd S

    June 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM

  56. Hi David,

    If it’s programmed as 128GB then it will take over a day to test the whole thing if I remember rightly. For very large drives testing the first 20000 megabytes (just under 20GB) is more than enough to tell you if it is fake capacity as the fakes seldom have a capacity of more than 4GB. If what you bought was a Kingston DT200 then genuine ones have serial numbers that can be verified with Kingston – but in this case that’s very unlikely.

    It was the google thing that drew my eye to the site you mentioned which is why the team was thinking of looking into the site. Have just had a look the site and the price of the 128GB DT 200 is a bit of a giveaway – certain to be counterfeit methinks. Hope you get your money back!

    By the way we removed the link in your original comment as we don’t want idiots clicking on it and ending up buying fakes!!

    fightflashfraud

    June 7, 2010 at 3:43 PM

  57. i will keep you posted. i am still running it the test im thinking its gona take all day. The only reason i bought this is because this site came up as a google sponsored/suggested website

    Davd S

    June 7, 2010 at 3:22 PM

  58. Hi David,
    funnily enough we had been thinking of checking that site out – seems to be fairly new and the name just rang an alarm bell for some reason. Let us know how you get on.

    fightflashfraud

    June 7, 2010 at 2:15 PM

  59. my boss just told me about your web-site and i am currently verifying my flash drive i purchased from this website

    (link removed by moderator)

    after reading a few comments here i believe that this is also going to be a fake one

    Davd S

    June 7, 2010 at 1:45 PM

  60. Hi Andrew, will send you an email at the address you supplied, reply to that with your results rather than posting them on the site and will let you know.

    fightflashfraud

    May 5, 2010 at 3:13 PM

  61. Would it be possible if fightflashfraud would be able to look through my results,
    I suspect that my 16gb flash disk is a fake, i would really appreciate if you could tell me what the actual size of my flash disk is, all info supplied by you would be really great.
    If you agree i will add the results with the next post

    Andrew

    May 5, 2010 at 2:36 PM

  62. Hi jcee,

    fake as they come – we already posted about the seller of this item – fireworkzz2010, part of a fraud gang in Singapore.
    Click here to go to post. To see if we have said something about a seller just enter the seller’s ID in the search box.

    fightflashfraud

    April 25, 2010 at 8:50 AM

  63. what about these ebay flash drives advertised as being made in Japan and having 5 year warranty and 10 year data retention guarantee money back ?
    they seem too good ….
    Item number: 180498783598 ebay

    jcee

    April 25, 2010 at 7:48 AM

  64. Over 24 hours probably if you test the whole thing. Usually fakes have a very small capacity so it is not necessary to test the whole drive. We’d suggest you start by just testing the first 18000 megabytes.

    If it’s a fake then the true capacity of the drive is likely to be less than this (about 17 and a half gigabytes) – a fake takes longer to test than a genuine drive so it’s hard to say exactly how long this test will take as it varies a lot but (at least in theory) the test shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours at most.

    If it runs fast you may get an all clear and it could be genuine but you’d then need to run a full test to be sure. If it fails then you know you have a fake and will get a report that gives a good indication of the real capacity of the drive.

    fightflashfraud

    April 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM

  65. How long will it take to test a 128GB drive with the testing software?

    Mike

    April 11, 2010 at 4:14 PM

  66. We can not find this seller – are you sure you typed the seller’s ID correctly? – or was this not on ebay?

    fightflashfraud

    March 26, 2010 at 6:02 PM

  67. i got scamed by yeung.kamkam‏ arrh

    me :(

    March 26, 2010 at 5:35 PM

  68. Too good to be true. I bought 2 both are fake. Item was removed from ebay minutes after I paid for them. seller is no longer a registered user. Since items were removed no feedback is possible.

    If it is too good to be true it is.

    thank you for the test program. I might have lost a lot of data and music

    Jeff

    March 18, 2010 at 7:54 AM

  69. interesting, I will try on my pen drives

    pen bb

    March 13, 2010 at 7:58 AM

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  148. [...] Seems like xinyugongsi is another new ID set up by fraudsters in China for the purposes of fake flash fraud. We think any flash memory from this seller will prove to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

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  165. [...] These 64GB flash drives listed by melly1971, an ebay member in the USA are fakes. We expect all flash drives from this seller will prove to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

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  177. [...] Are these memory cards sold by UK seller ijtdirectltd fake? Feedback for this UK seller seems to indicate that they may be. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  178. [...] This flash drive is not 64GB and not made by Sony. It is counterfeit and fake capacity. Seller kevinmicroi has obviously been on a shopping trip to fake flash land. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

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  182. Joseph,

    Thank you for pointing out the typo – case of typing too fast due to lack of time and missing a key! We have implemented your suggestions of shortening the link name and putting a second one at the bottom. Not sure why you think making the link name shorter would help, but we’ll give making it shorter a go. We thought a long one would make it more obvious than a short one.

    We always welcome suggestions from readers about improving things!

    fightflashfraud

    September 6, 2009 at 12:39 PM

  183. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  184. Great article. Great product. Will download and use. Some suggestions to increase downloads.
    1 Make the link name shorter.
    2 Spell download correctly
    3 Put a second link at the bottom of the page.

    example = download h2testw here

    Joseph Howard

    September 5, 2009 at 7:30 PM

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  203. [...] leave a comment » What buyers will get from baby gremlin guojiagood will be a fake capacity item – nobody can sell genuine 16GB flash drives this cheaply. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  204. [...] Somehow we have a feeling that the Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives listed on ebay by hosiery-2009 will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. If they are genuine then buyers will be able to verify the serial numbers with Kingston. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

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  211. [...] Seller kodaksrange1274 has a range of 64GB USB flash drives listed on ebay. We think they will all turn out to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  212. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  213. [...] All flash memory from jew-fantasy will be fakes which cause file loss and corruption. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  214. [...] The Sandisk Ultra Backup flash drives sold on ebay by fxtronics seem a little on the cheap side. These are either a bargain or counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent wholesaler in the Orient. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  215. [...] If you choose not to follow this advice then you are likely to end up with negative feedback and an ebay suspension. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  216. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  217. [...] We think the sandisk flash drives listed by burrows5264 could well be fake. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  218. [...] We think the flash drives sold by hkfanonline are counterfeit. Buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston – we do not think they will verify them as genuine. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  219. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  220. [...] We hope that these discrepancies in listings by sunshine_lights_tools do not mean this person has been selling counterfeit and fake capacity items. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  221. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  222. [...] Now all listings are for 16GB Sony Pro Duo memory sticks with a bid start price of 99p with free P&P. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  223. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  224. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  225. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  226. [...] The use of private auctions by seller jk_holdings makes us think these DataTraveler flash drives may be counterfeit and fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  227. [...] We think it is very likely that the flash drives sold by greatetech will prove to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  228. [...] If you buy a flash drive from a seller in China and your files vanish or become corrupted then you can be sure the seller is a gremlin! As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  229. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  230. [...] The fraud gang we think this ID was registered by obviously hope to hang onto this ID a bit longer than most of the ones set up recently. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  231. [...] Seller s.lifeng20089 seems to have been selling sunglasses until recently. Now this seller offers a range of USB flash drives. We think they will all turn out to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  232. [...] Seller caojf1981 (registered in China) has mostly sold clothing until now, but is now listing these SD cards. We have a feeling that the SD cards will prove to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  233. [...] This flash drive seems a bit too cheap to be genuine. This makes us wonder if parts-for-sale-london (like many other UK sellers) purchased these from a fraudulent wholesaler. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  234. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  235. [...] If you bought a flash drive from Hong Kong based ebay seller buyingculture we are fairly certain it will be fake capacity – the one in this and other listings are familiar models sold by fraud gangs in Hong Kong. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  236. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  237. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  238. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  239. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  240. [...] We think the 64GB Kingston DataTraveler 150 flash drives from flashmaster38 are likely to be counterfeit and fake capacity. Buyers should check the serial number with Kingston. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  241. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  242. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  243. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  244. [...] We think the 64GB Kingston Datatraveler 150 Kingston drives sold by virtuallydiscover1823 are likely to be counterfeit. Buyers should check the serial number with Kingston. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  245. [...] Having sold quite a number of the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive in fake 16GB and 64GB capacities USA seller jcarcache71 seems to be having a little rest at the moment. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  246. [...] We think that 3688summer is a new ID belonging to a fraud gang in Hong Kong which has been selling fake flash on ebay for a long time using a series of different IDs. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  247. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  248. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  249. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  250. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  251. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  252. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  253. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  254. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  255. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  256. [...] Seller ultimate_memory (an ebay member in the USA) has sold six of these flash drives. We suspect they are counterfeit and fake capacity. Buyers should check the serial numbers with Kingston. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  257. [...] We think the Kingston DT150 drives sold by emil_hasanov are counterfeit. Buyers should check the serial number with Kingston. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  258. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  259. [...] We are convinced that all USB flash drives sold by kensington153 will prove to be fake capacity. The DataTraveler drives will also be counterfeit – buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  260. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  261. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  262. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  263. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  264. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  265. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  266. [...] A feedback comment indicates that this 16GB SD memory card sold by ebay powerseller mykay168 is fake capacity. Feedback indicates that other items are also fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  267. [...] China – based seller golden20090517 is using private listings to sell 32GB SDHC memory cards on ebay. We suspect that these are fake capacity and strongly advise buyers to test any flash memory from this seller with the free program h2testw. [...]

  268. [...] We wonder whether the 8GB flash drives sold by timer168 are genuine or fake capacity. They seem a bit too cheap to be genuine, and most flash memory from this part of the world seems to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  269. [...] Want to loose all your valuable computer files? It seems you can do it very cheaply by buying a fake capacity 32GB flash drive from cheermagun, based in Hong Kong. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  270. [...] The flash drives sold by josoap101 are obvious fakes – Sony does not use the Vaio name for flash drives, only for laptops! The seller may have been unaware of this. We hope that josoap101 does the honourable thing and refunds all the buyers immediately. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  271. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  272. [...] We suspect that the 16GB SD cards sold on ebay by evergreen.market41288 may be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  273. [...] We think that flash drives from ebay seller clemface1980 will prove to be fake capacity. Fake capacity drives lead to data loss and corruption. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  274. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  275. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  276. [...] The use of private listings makes us suspect that the 64GB flash drives listed here by nibbuns****celebrityasos could be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  277. [...] We think this is yet another listing from one of the well known fraud gangs in China. We expect that flash drives sold by ebay member wsklbiox120 will prove to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  278. [...] This flash drive from ebay seller electro-passion is undoubtedly fake fake fakity-fake. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  279. [...] We will be very happy if we find that djc_scotland is supplying genuine flash drives. We are actively seeking genuine sellers but it seems the water is very muddy. In the meantime we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  280. [...] We think that this flash drive being auctioned on ebay by lalamazoo1874 will (like almost all flash memory coming out of Hong Kong) prove to be fake capacity. Fake capacity drives cause data loss and corruption. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  281. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  282. [...] This 4GB mini SD card seems a little on the cheap side to be genuine and the use of private ebay listings makes us very suspicious of this seller. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  283. [...] We think that qiangjie009 is another ID registered on ebay China by one of the familiar fraud gags to sell fake flash memory. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  284. [...] Can China-based seller qiaopeng168200 provide genuine 16GB Kingston flash drives for £9.30? Somehow we think not – we think they will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  285. [...] In this listing for the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive seller artsila0109 is pretending the item is in Ireland although the seller is located in China! This is no doubt a new ID belonging to one of the devious fraud gangs operating in China. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  286. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  287. [...] We think that hongping7209 will turn out to be yet another ID being used by fraud gangs in China to sell fake flash memory. The 16GB USB flash drive listed here is the fraudsters’ favourites. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  288. [...] So there we have it – fake feedback from another suspected fraudster! You will find that xuexinhubu is also on our suspected fraudster list. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  289. [...] We suspect that the SD memory cards auctioned by Hong Kong powerseller systore_seller on ebay are fake capacity and a couple of recent feedback comments seem to support our suspicions. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  290. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  291. [...] The seller is not currently listing anything on ebay – probably lying low and waiting for the dust to settle! As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  292. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  293. [...] If you bought any flash memory item from these sellers test them immediately with the free program h2testw. [...]

  294. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  295. [...] Registered on ebay China seller chenzhi11682009 is offering the fraudsters’ favourite flash drive here. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  296. [...] leave a comment » The Vaio name is only used for laptops – this flash drive is fake fake fakity-fake! As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  297. [...] Here we have a devious fraudster selling a very familiar fake capacity flash drive and pretending that the item comes from Ireland. Anyone using a flash drive sold by continue.acun will suffer data loss after a while. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  298. [...] We think nanaxixi09 will turn out to be yet another ID set up to defraud people with fake capacity flash memory. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  299. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  300. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  301. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  302. [...] We strongly suspect the 32GB Transcend memory cards listed on ebay by powerstar88 will prove to be counterfeit and fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  303. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  304. [...] In our opinion the flash dirives offered on ebay by vcbmiolkl simply have to be fake capacity – you can’t sell real 16GB flash drives on abay at this price. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  305. [...] We think this 16GB flash drive listed by an ebayer in the Phillipines is too cheap to be genuine. It seems likely that this ebayer purchased them from a fraudulent wholesaler in the far east. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  306. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  307. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  308. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  309. [...] How could anyone sell genuine, new, 16GB USB flash drives on ebay at this price with free P&P? We don’t see how they could. We are fairly certain that anyone who buys these flash drives from sdiugi_w will eventually find themselves with lost and corrupted files. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  310. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  311. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  312. [...] If you bought a Kingston flash drive from this seller be sure to claim a refund! As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  313. [...] time again with fraudsters who sell fake flash memory. If you bought one of these from jiejie5544 test it immediately with h2testw – you are in grave danger of data loss and [...]

  314. [...] The low start price for this 64GB Corsair flash drive listed by US seller fanxukaka_123 makes us wonder if these are counterfeits bought from a fraudulent wholesaler. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  315. [...] We think that i.babecare is a new ID set up by fraudsters in Hong Kong for the purpose of selling flash memory items. We are fairly certain that this flash drive will prove to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  316. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  317. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  318. [...] We fully expect this 16GB flash drive listed by new ebay seller jixin099 to be counterfeit and fake capacity. It is simply not possible to sell a genuine one this cheaply. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  319. [...] We suspect that these 32GB SD Memory cards listed by powerseller lalatoto.li may be fake capacity and strongly advise buyers to test them with the free program h2testw. [...]

  320. [...] We think the 16GB flash drives listed on ebay by seller alphapound are too cheap to be genuine. We are pretty sure they will turn out to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  321. [...] We wouldn’t want to buy this flash drive from seller iwanttobuy_2007 – it is too cheap to be a real 32GB flash drive. We expect the real capacity will be very much less than 32GB. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  322. [...] leave a comment » If the 64GB flash drive listed by prigastore0645 is genuine we wonder why the seller is using private listings. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  323. [...] Here we have a seller loading the postage – probably to avoid ebay fees. It could also be to try avoiding giving full refunds. Buyers will no doubt discover these flash drives are fake capacity, like almost all those coming out of Hong Kong. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  324. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  325. [...] leave a comment » We suspect that the 128GB flash drives auctioned by joyever_eu on ebay France will prove to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  326. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  327. [...] This leather flash drive is certain to prove to be fake capacity – we are sure this new ID belongs to a familiar fraud gang. The use of private listings makes us certain that this is another case of fraud on ebay. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  328. [...] This just has to be a counterfeit – too cheap to be genuine and hiding buyer IDs. Counterfeits cause file loss and data corruption. With DT150 buyers can check serial numbers with Kingston. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  329. [...] We consider this 8GB flash drive listed by powereseller my_1234567 (registered on ebay China) to be suspect and think it could well turn out to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  330. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  331. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  332. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  333. [...] Stating that it is a gift and giving a lower value is a way of evading duties – this makes us suspicious. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  334. [...] There is a tell-tale sign that this drive listed by UK seller uplonker is a fake capacity flash drive obtained from a fraudster in China. We do not know whether the seller is aware of this or not. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  335. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  336. [...] This flash drive listed by leoncityplace on ebay Australia is a familiar fake. This is not a genuine 32GB flash drive and will cause data loss and corruption. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  337. [...] Seller topbuyaustralia has listed a lot of different Kingston flash drives at auction. We suspect these could well be counterfeits purchased from a fraudulent wholesaler. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  338. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  339. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  340. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  341. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  342. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  343. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  344. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  345. [...] If the 16GB Sandisk Cruzer flash drives auctioned by billy_storeitalia are genuine then this seller is at risk of making a loss on every one sold. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  346. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  347. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  348. [...] If (as claimed here) the seller knows how to spot a fake then this listing is deliberate fraud as these are fake! We expect any other flash drives from this seller will turn out to be fakes too. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  349. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  350. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  351. [...] We think zengwumin1982 is a new ID for suspended fraudster aaaiphone. We think this flash drive is bound to be fake capacity despite it being priced at what you would expect to pay for a genuine one. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  352. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  353. [...] If you did buy from this seller we strongly advise you to test your flash memory item with the free program h2testw. [...]

  354. [...] We strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  355. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  356. [...] These flash drives from heng_01001 are too cheap to be genuine in the opinion of our team – we will be very surprised if testing shows they are genuinely 16GB. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  357. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  358. [...] So far the only negative comment has been from a buyer who didn’t receive the item, but this could simply mean that buyers are not testing their items. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  359. [...] If this flash drive is genuine seller morton7471 risks losing money on the sale by listing it at auction. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  360. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  361. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  362. [...] We are fairly certain that this 32GB flash drive sold on ebay by fusion4uorguk will turn out to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  363. [...] If this drive is genuine then seller jackbauerwouldnttakethis seems to have made a loss on the transaction. The use of a private auction makes us suspect that it could be a counterfeit. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  364. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  365. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  366. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  367. [...] The flash drive listed by hulijing2009 is the fraudsters’ favourite – easily programmed to any fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  368. Going back to the SanDisk 4GB Fleur pen drives.

    If you get a genuine one it should come with the U3 loader installed so it is ready to go when plugged in.

    It is quite safe to test these genuine models with H2testW as the program will skip over ready installed files. All you need to remember is, a genuine SanDisk
    will load as TWO separate drives, one will show like it was a CD “U3 System”, and the other will be the bulk of the drive with a different drive letter. Registered with a name like “Removable Disk” it is this latter drive you need to select in the H2testW target selection menu.
    Run the test and you should get results similar to this:

    (SanDisk Fleur 4GB U3 Flash drive)
    (Test results for genuine item)
    incl:

    Warning: Only 3787 of 3897 MByte tested. **
    ** (U3 software image installed takes up space) **

    Test finished without errors.
    You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
    Writing speed: 5.31 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 16.7 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    As you can see full capacity (minus the U3 files) and no errors detected. Anything less than this capacity or any comments about overwritten bytes, you have a fake capacity drive. As always report this fact so others may be warned.

    Micro

    August 6, 2009 at 12:39 PM

  369. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  370. [...] The true capacity of the drive can be discovered by testing with the free program h2testw. [...]

  371. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  372. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  373. [...] Ebay seller rilainey as listed a range of flash memory items at auction. If the seller’s items are genuine then the seller is taking a big risk as he or she could end up very out of pocket! As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  374. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  375. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  376. [...] We suspect that szyz0919 will turn out to be another ID being used by the fraud gangs in China to sell fake flash memory items. We think this flash drive is likely to be a small capacity drive fraudulently programmed to fool the operating system. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  377. [...] If the Sandisk flash drive listed at auction on ebay by UK member sugarglass is genuine then this member is risking making a loss on sales. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  378. [...] UK seller radarmorganbrady is offering these 32GB flash drives on ebay at a price below what we would expect. A bargain if they prove to be genuine. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  379. [...] the packaging has been thrown away and you don’t have the serial number a test with the free program h2testw will reveal whether or not the drive has the capacity shown in the operating [...]

  380. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  381. [...] the packaging has been thrown away and you don’t have the serial number a test with the free program h2testw will reveal whether or not the drive has the capacity shown in the operating [...]

  382. [...] The picture used by zhanguoru888 is one used by several fraudsters in China. This suggests that this is a replacement ID for one suspended by ebay. We expect that as usual this drive will turn out to be fake capacity – a small capacity drive fraudulently programmed to fool the operating system. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  383. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  384. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  385. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  386. [...] This seller built up a large feedback score selling jewellery. We think this seller may have sold fake capacity flash drives before as we notice that an item sold in March was removed by ebay. The seller has a range of models on offer including the fraudsters’ favourite. We think all will prove to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  387. [...] When you see 16GB MP players going for the price the one shown above from whoudao sold at it is extremely likely that they will be fake capacity. Once the real capacity is reached eveything you save on them will be lost or corrupted. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  388. [...] We have a feeling that asiaestore may be one of the many ebayers registered in this region who sell counterfeit and fake capacity flash memory. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  389. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  390. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  391. Has anyone noticed “Clares-trading-room” is selling Kingston 16GB look-alikes. Item 370237584673 is an example. Another UK seller possibly buying fakes from the far east….

    Micro

    August 1, 2009 at 9:04 PM

  392. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  393. [...] leave a comment » Sellers tomyaho, ramwardo and hoodox have a lot of Sandisk flash memory items listed on ebay. Some of them seem rather too cheap to be genuine as far as we can see. Could they be counterfeit and therefore fake capacity? We won’t know until buyers test their items. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  394. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  395. [...] This flash drive is too cheap to be genuine – we suspect lwz_lwz is yet another ID set up by Chinese fraud gangs. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  396. [...] can check the real capacity with the free program h2testw.The computer’s operating system will only show what the control chip has been programmed to [...]

  397. [...] can check the true capacity of flash memory items with the free program h2testw. Fake capacity items look as though they have the capacity stated when you look at them in the [...]

  398. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  399. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  400. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  401. [...] We can’t see how 4mgs can be making a profit if these Sandisk drives are genuine. We suggest that buyers check with Sandisk. You can discover the true capacity of flash memory items with the free program h2testw. [...]

  402. Another re-incarnated seller, with Sandisk products, 2g /4g pen drives plus SD cards. novilive, see eBay item number 270435633309 Look for illustrations with a yellow background this time.

    Micro

    July 31, 2009 at 9:46 AM

  403. [...] usual we strongly advise ebayers (both sellers and buyers) to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw or, in the case high capacity items from well – known brands, check the serial numbers with [...]

  404. [...] The fact that sebastiansarpora has previously sold these 32GB Sandisk drives and 32GB Kingston DT150 drives for prices below wholesale suggests to us that these may well be counterfeit. We suggest buyers check with manufacturers. You can test to discover the true capacity of flash memory items with the free program h2testw. [...]

  405. [...] We think that kakalotte will turn out to be yet another ID used by our oriental fraudster friends. We consider it highly likely that testing will show that flash memory from this seller will turn out to be fraudulently programmed to display a false capacity to the operating system. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  406. [...] The 32GB Sandisk Cruzer drives sold by rat2725cars seem a bit cheaper than we would expect which makes us wonder if they are genuine. We suggest that buyers check with Sandisk. You can test to discover the true capacity with the free program h2testw. [...]

  407. [...] auction if this item is genuine. As usual we strongly advise ebayers (both sellers and buyers) to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw or, in the case high capacity items from well – known brands, check the serial numbers with [...]

  408. [...] Seems from feedback that seller greatprice* doesn’t just use private sales to sell what we are sure are counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 150 drives but also for a sim card scam (selling cards you can get for free) – seems like a proper fraudster type to us. Serial numbers can be checked with Kingston to find out whether or not this type of flash drive is genuine. You can test to discover the true capacity with the free program h2testw. [...]

  409. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  410. That was quick… Seller de-registered !!

    Micro

    July 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM

  411. [...] Here we have another seller based in China with items at a price too cheap to be genuine pretending that the goods are in the UK to fool unwary buyers. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  412. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  413. [...] We don’t think this can possibly be a real 128GB flash drive – only four drives of this capacity have been announced by manufacturers and this is not one of them. We think seller aam2003spd09 is kidding himself (or herself) in beleiving what the supplier advertised. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  414. [...] The true capacity of any flash memory item can be ascertained with the free program h2testw – we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with this program. [...]

  415. [...] We call on all sellers to check with Sandisk whether their supplier is authorised – we suspect that these were supplied by fraudulent wholesalers in China. The other thing both sellers and buyers should do is to test all flash memory items wth h2testw [...]

  416. Hi Micro,

    Perhaps you could help out by asking the sellers if they have checked that the drives are genuine and suggesting that they download h2testw and test them to make sure the capacity is genuine. A lot of sellers are unaware that there are fraudulent wholesalers out there.

    fightflashfraud

    July 28, 2009 at 9:31 AM

  417. Example of above posted 4G SanDisk U3 flash drives
    Item No 270434009375
    Fortunately most of these items do not seem to sell, maybe the price is just too high to convince buyers they are a bargain, or the capacity is just not high enough. Or could it be that buyers are becoming more aware due to the publicity and this magic site.

    Micro

    July 28, 2009 at 9:16 AM

  418. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  419. [...] Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston – we think they will say the drives are suspect. The true capacity can be discovered with the small free program h2testw [...]

  420. Has anyone investigated the lower capacity USB sticks?
    I am suspicious of sellers offering the SanDisk models
    Cruzer with U3 support. There are vast numbers of these on offer from sellers:
    peregood, tomyaho, ramwardo, uncurbi, hoodox and herbyher (now de-registered)

    I wrote to these sellers asking for confirmation, only received a reply from ONE, that informed they were from bulk stock without retail packaging.

    Micro

    July 27, 2009 at 6:23 PM

  421. [...] Anyone using these false capacity devices will inevitably suffer data loss. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  422. [...] We think that (as this model normally costs around £100) that the buy it now price in this listing by aitch1 is rather on the low side. We can’t see that aitch1 could sell at this price and make a profit if the drives are genuine. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  423. [...] We hope this is true. Buyers can check the serial numbers with Kingston to find out whether or not they are genuine. If they are counterfeit they will fail testing with h2testw. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  424. [...] This is the same address as one of the two used by fraudulent seller fengfeng_joy2008. We therefore think that the reason buyers have had problems has nothing to do with compatabilty (as claimed by the seller). We think the problems have arisen is probably because these are fakes. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  425. [...] Seller ukdiscountdesigner previously listed Kingston drives which were removed by ebay, presumably because they were counterfeit. This suggests to us that the Corsair flash drives are also counterfeits – as does the fact that they are being auctioned with a low start price. Would you risk the possibility of something worth £100 being sold for £10 and losing a lot of money? We certainly wouldn’t! As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  426. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  427. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  428. [...] If these are genuinely 32GB flash drives then it will be the first time we have come across this model that is genuinely the capacity stated. The fact that king88zone is keeping buyer IDs private is suspicious so we don’t think they can be genuine. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  429. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  430. [...] This seller in the USA has listed a number of 16GB Sandisk flash drives at auction with a start price of 1 cent. If the flash drives offered by simgen are genuine the seller is risking a loss on every drive as bid prices for flash drives are artificially low. The reason for this is all the cheap fake capacity drives available at prices you could never get a genuine flash drive for. This makes us wonder whether this will turn out to yet another counterfeit. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  431. [...] At present the seller has no negs but a neutral feedback comment (GRR – please folks, leave negs for fakes) indicates that an 8GB flash drive turned out to have only 2GB capacity – what a surprise! As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  432. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  433. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  434. [...] El inicio de este precio unidad flash parece notablemente bajo. Marjovil vendedor es un jugador – presumiblemente de forma (si las unidades son verdaderos) ya que existe un grave riesgo de que el vendedor la pérdida de una gran cantidad de dinero con tantos enumerados comenzar con esta baja de precios. Es altamente recomendable que los compradores de memoria todos los elementos de prueba con el programa gratuito h2testw. [...]

  435. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  436. [...] The buy it now price for this flash drive seems rather low – either wazer1980 managed to negotiate a very good wholesale price for the Sandisk flash drives sold or they will turn out to be counterfeits manufactured by Chinese fraudsters. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  437. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  438. [...] If these are genuine it looks very much as though emmaje2 has made a loss on sales of these so far. This makes us wonder whether the are genuine or not. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  439. [...] We can’t see how the seller can be making any profit if these are genuine. By the time you take listing fees, final value fees, post and packing costs and paypal fees into account there doesn’t seem to be any margin left. This make us wonder if these are fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  440. [...] We suspect that tof3k has been shopping in fake flash land as the buy it now price seems too cheap for this flash drive to be genuine.As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  441. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  442. [...] We think the buy it now price on this 32GB Corsair flash drive listed on ebay by t.e.b.i is too low for the drive to be genuine. We suspect it may be a counterfeit produced by fraudsters in China. If so the capacity will be considerably less than 32GB with the result that users will end up with lost and corrupted files. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  443. [...] Here again we find a new ID registered in China listing 16GB flash drives at too low a price for it to be likely that they are genuine. We expect that the flash drives being sold by hlusb88 will turn out as usual to be fraudulently re-programmed 2GB or 4GB drives that fool the operating system. Such drives are dangerous for anyone who values their files as they cause file loss and data corruption. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  444. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  445. [...] We find it very suspicous that seller zhiyuan09 is hiding buyer IDs when selling flash drives – experience suggests that this action almost inevitably means the seller is fraudulent and the items are fake capacity. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  446. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  447. [...] The flash drive pictured here is very familiar to members of the frankenflash project and we suspect that sunnyshop18 is an alternate ID for a familiar fraud gang. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  448. [...] The prices achieved in auctions for flash memory items sold by skywarenet would have bankrupted anyone that was selling genuine items by now. We can only conclude that these are fake capacity and will cause file loss and data corruption to users. The use of private auctions by this seller is a sneaky way of trying to cover his tracks and hide what he has sold. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  449. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  450. [...] paan79 che sembra acquistare falsi su eBay da truffatori di rivendere ad altri utenti eBay. Test di memoria flash con tutti i h2test e, se il test rivela la capacità di voce è falso, in relazione a [...]

  451. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  452. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  453. [...] This particular model of flash drive is a favourite target for re-programming to fake capacities – so far we have never come across one of these that was genuinely 16GB. We doubt if the ones offered by fashionzhou will be any different and one feedback comment states the drive is fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  454. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  455. [...] We urge all buyers (and sellers) of flash memory items to educate themselves about what is really available and the true cost of such items! In the case of brand name items such as Kingston and Sony you can check your item on their websites. For generic flash memory (non-branded or unfamiliar brands) we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  456. [...] usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. With such a massive fake running a test on the whole drive would take days – so we suggest a [...]

  457. [...] Seller urgentshipping2u built up a huge postive feedback by listing cheap items at a loss. This is a common technique used by fraudsters in China to protect themselves against being quickly de-registered when ebay members begin to discover the flash drives they bought are fake capacity and start leaving negative feedback. We strongly suspect that flash drives from this seller will prove to be fake capacity. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  458. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  459. [...] We strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  460. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  461. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  462. [...] This flash drive listed by psy2069 seems a bit too cheap to be genuine 64GB, even for a generic drive. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  463. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  464. [...] If the flash drives offered by China-based seller shallyou_lee are genuine then why keep buyer IDs private? As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  465. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  466. [...] We suspect that these flash drives listed by seller shopbundle (registered on ebay China) will prove to be fake capacity. As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  467. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  468. [...] China-based ebay seller rtechrocks685625 has sold a number of flash drive models – all supposedly 16GB. Three of the models from this seller are shown above. They were sold at prices which make us suspect that these are fake capacity items. This seller is a bit more careful than most – spacing flash drives out among a range of other items. This lessens the likelihood of negative feedback reaching a percentage that will cause ebay to suspend the seller. The drive on the far left is one of the favourites with fraudsters – easy to program to whatever fake size the like but usually only really 2GB. As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  469. [...] We think this flash drive listed by lany52000 is likely (like most coming out of China) to prove to be fake capacity. This seller seems to be careful to space flash drives out between other items. We expect that this is so that any negative feedback is less likely to lead to suspension of the account. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  470. [...] This flash drive listed on ebay by seller happytianqing, a member registered in China seems too cheap for it to be a genuine 16GB flash drive. We think that this, like almost all flash memory from sellers in China, will prove to be fake capacity. As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  471. [...] UK ebay seller memory_king seems to be bidding on fake flash from fraudsters in China and re-selling it at a higher price to other ebayers. The fact that buyer IDs are private suggests that this seller may be aware the flash drive shown here is fake capacity. As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  472. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  473. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  474. [...] leave a comment » Two new IDs (joeping8888 and cucuzu8888) regigistered in China are offering these two models of 32GB flash drive on ebay Austria, using identical photos. We strongly suspect these are new IDs for an old familiar fraud gang and that these are fakes – drives that have been programmed to show a false capacity to the operating system. Anyone using such drives is likely to suffer file loss and corruption. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  475. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  476. [...] This item is counterfeit. Sony do not make 32GB flash drives and no Sony flash drive is branded Vaio – the Vaio name is only used for laptops. We have never come across a counterfeit that genuinely had the capacity stated – normally they have a capacity no larger that 4GB at most. This leads to file loss and corruption as once enough files have been saved to reach the true capacity there is nowhere left for them to go. The fact that buyer IDs are being kept private suggests that jesd03 may know these are fakes. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  477. Bought a Chinese 16GB USB flash really cheap for US$12 from ebay. Tested using H2testw & confirmed hacked !!

    The media is likely to be defective.
    1.9 GByte OK (4108992 sectors)
    13.6 GByte DATA LOST (28626240 sectors)
    Details:3.4 GByte overwritten (7154292 sectors)
    0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
    10.2 GByte corrupted (21471948 sectors)
    16 KByte aliased memory (32 sectors)
    First error at offset: 0x000000007d650000
    Expected: 0x000000007d650000
    Found: 0x00000003e6ff0000
    H2testw version 1.3
    Writing speed: 2.73 MByte/s
    Reading speed: 5.18 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    dreamerman

    July 15, 2009 at 3:59 AM

  478. [...] Yawn! Yet another listing of the frausters’ favourite flash drive – easy to take apart, easy to reprogram to a false capacity. We expect that the drives listed by junjie_75 will as usual be fake capacity causing user’s files to become corrupted and vanish. We suspect this is yet another ID belonging to a familiar fraud gang. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  479. [...] We think subingbing999 is another ID set up by one of the familiar fraud gangs in China. The price of these seems too little for them to be genuine – we think they will turn out to be fake capacity. As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  480. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  481. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  482. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  483. [...] Two things make us suspect that the flash drive listed here is probably counterfeit and fake capacity. Firstly the buy it now price is too cheap for the seller to make any profit if it is genuine – in fact we think the seller would make a loss. Secondly keeping buyer IDs private is normally a sign of fraud when items like USB flash drives are being sold. As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  484. [...] Is this 128GB flash drive listed by yarons-bargains really a bargain? We think not!! We think this is fake fake fakity fake! We think either seller yarons-bargains has been fooled by a fraudulent supplier or is a deliberate fraudster who knows this is fake. Whichever is the case we are sure anyone buying this will eventually end up with lost/corrupted files. As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  485. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  486. [...] leave a comment » Here we go again – another member registered in China advertising the most popular model of flash drive among fraudsters. The love this one – it’s easy to take apart and re-programme to a fake capacity which is what we think is very likely to be the case here. We don’t think it is possible for anyone to offer a genuine 16GB flash drive for £9.50. We suspect this is yet another ID belonging to a familiar fraud gang. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  487. [...] We suspect that the ID excel88past88 used by this seller is yet another ID for an old familiar fraud gang. We think this flash drive will have nowhere near a 16GB capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  488. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  489. [...] We think these flash drives listed by new ebay member hujintao00110 simply have to be fake capacity – you couldn’t break even selling genuine ones on ebay at this price. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  490. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  491. [...] We suspect that the flash drives from seller powerlife2009.png will prove to be fake capacity – we think this seller is offering them too cheaply to be anything but fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  492. [...] The model shown in this listing by premierdirectfurniuture2009 is not available in 16GB – either the seller is using a stock photo (and ebay says you shouldn’t do this but should take your own photo) of the wrong drive or his drives are not real 16GB ones. The three different colours shown are for 2GB, 4GB and 8GB. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  493. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  494. [...] Can you buy a genuine 16GB USB flash drive on ebay for £10 including postage from China? We don’t think so. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  495. [...] Sony do not make 64GB flash drives – this is a fake and we suspect that seller ozsiris knows it. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  496. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  497. [...] This is a counterfeit flash drive – Sony has never made a flash drive with the name vaio (used for laptops!) and has never made a 64GB model! As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  498. [...] This flash drive listed by ebay member callconnect2008 on ebay India is fake capacity and will cause users’ files to become lost/corrupted. We suggest anyone who bought one of these tests their drive with h2testw. [...]

  499. [...] This item from textiles.planet123 is a well known fake capacity flash drive that has been widely sold on ebay. We suggest anyone who bought one of these tests their drive with h2testw. [...]

  500. [...] UK ebay member damtowers seems to have acquired a very mixed bag of flash drives somewhere (car boot sale perhaps?) a few of which are shown above. These are being auctioned off on ebay – looks as though some may be genuine but others seem to be fake. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  501. [...] This is a fake capacity flash drive commonly seen on ebay – anyone using one will suffer data loss. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  502. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  503. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  504. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  505. [...] Seller kinetronics listed a few of these 16GB flash drives among a host of other items, then switched to selling 2GB ones. Currently this seller is not listing anything for sale. We suggest any buyers test their drives with h2testw. [...]

  506. [...] This (and the low start price of the MP players) lead us to suspect that this seller’s items will prove to be fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  507. [...] The 64GB Corsair flash drives listed by UK seller saffronspas seem too cheap to be genuine – we think they are counterfeit and fake capacity. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  508. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  509. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  510. [...] We strongly suspect that this 64GB DataTraveler 150 is counterfeit. Seller gemaprosper1974 previously sold some very obvious fake capacity Kingston drives (models not made in the capacity claimed) which made us even more sure we are right about this one. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  511. [...] There is nothing else to say about this flash drive listed by lechouan67 other than it is an outright fake. As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  512. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  513. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  514. [...] A quick look at the Kingston website will confirm that there are no 32GB drives of this model. As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  515. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  516. [...] leave a comment » Seller brijac80 may not be aware of this but it is highly likely that this flash drive is a fake. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  517. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  518. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  519. [...] In general terms, as ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2te… [...]

  520. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  521. [...] We suspect that these flash drives from abkastler59 will prove to be fake capacity and cause users’ files to become lost or corrupted. As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2te… [...]

  522. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  523. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  524. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  525. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  526. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  527. [...] As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2te… [...]

  528. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  529. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  530. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  531. [...] As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2te… [...]

  532. [...] As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2te… [...]

  533. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  534. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  535. [...] As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2te… [...]

  536. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  537. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  538. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  539. [...] As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  540. [...] As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2te… [...]

  541. [...] We urge all buyers of flash memory to test test them all (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2testw… [...]

  542. [...] As ever, we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory (whether USB flash drive, memory card or MP player) with the free program h2te… [...]

  543. [...] As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  544. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  545. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  546. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  547. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  548. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  549. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  550. [...] This listing by seller cdss-pl is screaming fake fake fakity fake. Why? The packaging, the price and the fact that buyer IDs are private. The seller also listed the same model in 32GB. If you bought one of these test it with the free program h2testw. [...]

  551. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  552. [...] It seems highly unlikely that the job lot of 5 Kingston 64GB DataTraveler being offered for sale here by i.i.x.i.i are genuine – the price is far too low. If you bought a Kingston DataTraveler 150 on ebay you should test it immediately it arrives with the free program h2testw [...]

  553. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  554. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  555. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  556. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  557. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  558. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  559. [...] leave a comment » Seller hkonstore11 is not listing anything for sale on ebay at the moment but feedback suggests that the memory cards shown above and the all too familiar flash drive above were fake capacity. There is also a comment about a fake 16GB Hello Kitty flash drive. If you bought flash memory items from this seller test them with the free program h2testw. [...]

  560. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  561. [...] If the flash drive advertised here by seller blueberry_yang2008 genuinely has a capacity of 32GB we will be very surprised. The buy it now price seems too low for the seller to make a profit. The seller previously sold the same model as 2GB – we suspect this may be the true capacity of this flash drive. If you bought one of these you should test it immediately it arrives with the free program h2testw [...]

  562. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  563. [...] This flash drive from eseeshop (an ebay seller registered in Hong Kong) looks a bit too cheap to be genuine. We think it will turn out to be a fake capacity drive which will cause file loss/corruption. A negative feedback about the same model in black suggests we are right. As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  564. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  565. [...] The seller is also auctioning 32GB SD cards with a 1 EURO start price – these are very likely to be false capacity too. Do not use flash memory items from this seller until you have checked the true capacity with h2testw. [...]

  566. [...] If you bought one of these you should test it immediately it arrives with the free program h2testw [...]

  567. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  568. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  569. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  570. [...] As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw. [...]

  571. [...] If you bought a memory card from this seller test it immedately with the free program h2testw. [...]

  572. [...] you bought one of these you should test it with h2testw immediately – you will lose your photographs or videos if you use a fake capacity card. Claim a refund [...]

  573. [...] Here we have another example of a flash drive listed with a buy it now price too low for the drive to be genuine. Seller xruifang could not make a profit selling genuine 16GB flash drives at this price. We therefore conclude that these are fake capacity flash drives that will cause users’ files to be lost or corrupt once the true capacity (likely to be 2GB or less) is exceeded. If you bought one of these test it with h2testw. [...]

  574. [...] If you bought a flash drive from this seller we strongly suggest that you test it with h2testw. [...]

  575. [...] The one pictured on the left is a discontinued 2GB Kingston – either a real one programmed to fake capacity and given a new label or one that is completely counterfeit. Either way the sale of these is fraud. The generic one on the right is the other one to have been spotted. These buyers tested the drives to check their capacity – everyone should do this before even thinking of leaving feedback, whoever the seller is. The quickest and easiest way to test is with the free program h2testw. [...]

  576. [...] If you bought a flash drive or media player from this seller test it immediately with h2testw. [...]

  577. [...] that the seller’s items are suspect. We suggest that anyone who bought from this seller download h2testw here and tests their player with it. If  it proves to be a fake save the test [...]

  578. [...] leave a comment » Selling flash memory on ebay? Please read this!! Yet another ebayer (rexiho1987) who listed fake flash drives has been de-registered by ebay and had listings removed. Sellers please be aware that if you don’t check that your flash memory items are genuine this is likely to happen to you. If you plan to sell brand name USB flash drives check the models offered on the company’s web site – if the drives you are thinking of selling are not an exact match with a drive on the company’s web site then the item is counterfeit and undoubtedly fake capacity. There is a simple way to test the capacity of flash memory items – use the free program h2testw [...]

  579. [...] Some didn’t. If you bought a flash drive with similar packaging you should test it with the free program h2testw [...]

  580. [...] being told by the ebayer that the drive was fake and that this could be confirmed by testing with h2testw the seller has not removed the [...]

  581. [...] leave a comment » Seller keithhuffman687, based in the UK, sold suspect 64GB flash drives in private auctions. Listings have been removed and the seller is now de-registered. Amazingly this seller had a feedback score of 50 at the point of de-registration and did not have a single negative! This demonstrates how few people test their drives. If you bought from this seller you should immediately test your drives with h2testw. You are in grave danger of file loss/corruption. If your drive fails the test please report the fake to sosfakeflash – use the report a fake tab. Download h2testw here [...]


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