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No serial number for 256GB DT310 flash drive from linky2002

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As there appears to be no serial number on the pack for the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives listed at auction on ebay by linky2002 we think they are counterfeits. The seller says in the listing:

this is a genuine 256GB USB drive ….. There are many “fake” drives out there that report a larger capacity than they really have. Software such as h2testw is freely available so you can test the usb drive

As the seller is aware of fakes you’d think that linky2002 would also be aware of the fact that all genuine 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drives have individual serial numbers. No serial number indicates a fake capacity counterfeit.

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.

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.

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