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Kingston Data Traveler I flash drives – colours and capacities

The Kingston DTI is now a discontinued model of USB flash drive. It is no longer made, but is still being sold on ebay from time to time, often listed as used.

Any you see for sale are either old stock or fake capacity counterfeits manufactured by fraudsters in China. These were available in capacities up to 32GB and were colour coded according to capacity:

Colour coding:
2GB–lime
4GB–purple
8GB–black
16GB–red
32GB–orange

If a flash drive of this model is advertised as higher capacity than 32GB then it’s a fake capacity counterfeit that will trash your files!

If the flash drive is not the right colour for the capacity then you are looking at a fake capacity counterfeit once again. However, the right colour alone does not gaurantee the drive is genuine – there are fakes produced in the right colour for the capacity.

Check the USB connector for engraving – there should be details of the model, capacity etc on the connector – no engraving? Then you are looking at a fake capacity counterfeit once again. The presence of engraving is no gaurentee it is genuine either – the more advanced fraud gangs engrave them too!

So what gaurentees that one of these or any other flash memory item is genuine? 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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Written by fightflashfraud

September 27, 2010 at 6:20 AM

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