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Archive for October 5th, 2010

32GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer wyb_233 look like fakes

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The picture in this ebay listing from wyb_233 is rather poor so it is difficult to be certain but it looks as though the colour of this flash drive is wrong – the 32GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive is blue and this doesn’t seem to be. They are also rather too cheap to be genuine so we think they are likely to be fake capacity counterfeits and a fake capacity flash drive corrupts files.

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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October 5, 2010 at 10:58 PM

centurysalesstore selling notorious fake flash drive on ebay

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The leather and steel type of flash drive being sold on ebay by centurysalesstore (ebay item numbers 370441254408 and 370441254408) is always fake capacity and corrupts files.

Any flash drive with a shiny capacity sticker is always fake, whatever it looks like, as is any flash drive that comes with a backing card like the one in the picture.

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.

sgbhx made massive loss if 256GB DT310 sold on ebay was genuine

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If this 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive sold on ebay by sgbhx was genuine the seller made a massive loss by auctioning it. 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.

256GB DT310 flash drives in ebay auctions from blackie43

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Seller blackie43 has several auctions on ebay for the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 flash drive and could well make quite a loss if they are genuine. 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.

UPDATE 12/10/10
Seller blackie43 has now listed these with a buy it now price of $59.95 so they are certain to be fakes.

Used 64GB Kingston flash drive from sportsnation_34 is a fake

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The used 64GB Kingston flash drive in this ebay listing from sportsnation_34 is a fake capacity counterfeit which corrupts files.

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.

256GB Kingston DT310 from ebayer dudun11 sure to be counterfeit

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As seller dudun11 (registered in Malaysia) gives the item location for this 256GB Kingston DataTravler 310 flash drive as China it would seem that the seller has a dropshipping arrangement with a supplier there. In our experience any flash memory item dropshipped from China usually turns out to be fake capacity, which corrupts files.

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.

notorious fake flash drives on ebay from zhaojunhao2010

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The leather and steel type of flash drive in this ebay listing from zhaojunhao2010 is notorious – always fake capacity and corrupts files.

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.