Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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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:
properties
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!

The point of reprogramming is to trick the operating system into seeing a larger size than the drive actually is. H2testw 1.4 can detect this. When drives are opened and chips decoded, they only confirm what H2testw 1.4 already reported. Yes you can save and retrieve files – at first (unless of course you put a file that is larger than the true capacity of the drive on it) but after a while you will find that your files are lost or corrupted.

Fightflashfraud is currently in communication with sellers who were victims of fake flash – often bought on websites such as alibaba.com and others listed in a previous post. They listed their drives for sale in all innocence thinking they were ok because the operating system said so. Some of them had thought the drives were rather cheap, which is what prompted them to look at the properties in case they’d been sold a pup. Their suspicions were right, the operating system was wrong. These poor souls are left with an unholy mess to sort out – refunding buyers and trying to convince them that they should not use the drives, trying to get their money back from the sellers, damage to their feedback score (many with 100% before making the mistake of buying fake flash) – if only they had tested with h2testw before listing the drives all the pain they are going through could have been avoided.
Moral of this post? Don’t trust the operating system to report the true capacity of flash memory – test with h2testw.

Written by fightflashfraud

February 12, 2009 at 10:37 PM

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