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Is 128GB flash drive from ebayer dennis_lewis01772 genuine?

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Is this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive from ebayer dennis_lewis01772 genuine?  The seller says:

Here we have a 128gb Memory pen RRP £547 (acording to genuine and fully working

I Bought this recentley with the plan to use it for work but unfortunately and issue arose and i now can’t afford to pay the bill at the end of the month for it which is why it is up for sale.

It has been opened and used once to check it worked but i didnt get the chance to use it for anything other than testing it which is why im selling it as new.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions.

Thanks for looking

Not sure we buy that, especially as the seller reduced the buy it now price from £200 to £150. Buyers can check whether or not a Kingston flash drive is genuine quite easily – here are the steps:

  1. Look at the back of the pack – is there a serial number?
  2. If there is no serial number (there should be a label showing this) then it is sure to be a fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files – but the presence of a serial number does not, in itself, gaurantee it is genuine.

  3. Look at the USB connector – is there engraving on it giving details about the flash drive?
  4. If there is no engraving you can be sure it is a counterfeit that will trash your files – but again, the presence of engraving does not in itself gaurantee it is genuine.

  5. If both a serial number and engraving are present try verifying the serial number with Kingston.
  6. If Kingston cannot verify the serial number then you have a fake capacity counterfeit and your data will become lost or corrupted after a while.

In this case there may be no packaging so verifying the serial number may not be possible – the alternative is to test the flash drive with the free program h2testw.

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

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