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Archive for February 12th, 2009

Don’t trust the operating system on flash drive capacity

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Did some idiot tell you your lovely new flash drive is a fake but you know it isn’t because the operating system tells you it is exactly the advertised size? Not only that but you put some files on it and it works?
You just bought a shiny new 16GB flash drive on Ebay or elsewhere on the Internet, waited with anticipation for it to arrive – and when you stuck it in the computer and looked at the properties this is what you saw:
The only thing the properties box shows is what the operating system “thinks” the size is. This is not the same thing as showing the TRUE capacity of a drive!
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Written by fightflashfraud

February 12, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Communication from shop-uk about suspected fake 4GB Kingston

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An ebayer noticed a 4GB Kingston drive listed by shop-uk was not the correct colour for this size of drive and sent the seller the following message:

I hate to say this but I think the drive you are listing may be a 512mb one not a 4GB. The best way to check whether I am right or not is to test it with h2testw which you can download free from the Internet. Looking at the properties will not help as if this is (as I suspect) a small capacity drive that has been fraudulently reprogrammed (probably in China) then it will report itself to the operating system as 4GB. You can find out about the issue of fake flash at
The reason I suspect it is one of these fakes is that it’s the wrong colour for a 4GB drive.
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Written by fightflashfraud

February 12, 2009 at 1:48 PM