Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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

Whopping 128GB fake USB flash drive listed on ebay.


We can say with absolute certainty that this flash drive is fake capacity. Why? Because the very first USB flash drive of this capacity from any manfuacturer was only announced three days ago. Who won the race to be the first to produce a 128GB USB flash drive? – Kingston.

The packaging on this item would be a dead give-away that this is a fake capacity drive even if it was only claimed to have 16GB. This packaging has been used by fraudsters for a long time.

The seller obviously didn’t research what was available before buying these from a fraudulent supplier and knows very little about flash memory technology. In the listing esraelonline states:

Please note that testing on H2TESTW require formating the USB Flash drive. At this volume (128GB) the USB might be harmed if formated.

Again, remember that we are guaranting 128 GB capacity on this item along with 12 month warranty. Nevertheless, Warranty is void if the USB has been formated.

For storage and capacity assurance – please see the HD-Tach testing above.

A test with HD Tach and looking at the drive properties (shown in the listing) is not be enough to show whether a flash drive was genuine the capacity claimed by the supplier. The only valid test is h2testw which does not require formatting the drive!! – we don’t know where the seller got this idea!

We advise everyone who buys flash memory items to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

June 18, 2009 at 8:30 AM

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