Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

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UK ebayer lists three very dodgy looking flash drives on ebay

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We don’t know where mobilefreak1987 got the flash drives shown below but we do know that at least two of them, and probably all three, will be fake capacity drives which trash users’ files.


All 3 flash drives are listed at auction with a start price of 1p and postage of £5. These are all supposed to be 16GB flash drives – we doubt that any of them has a real capacity of more than 2GB. Such drives corrupt users’ files once the real capacity is exceeded.

If mobilefreak1987 genuinely thinks these are really 16GB we suggest the seller tests them with h2testw. Although they will appear to be 16GB when looking at drive properties this is because the control chip in the drive is programmed to report a false capacity to the computer’s operating system.

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 in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have purchased a false capacity device on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

October 26, 2009 at 5:24 PM

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