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Kingston DataTraveler I G2 flash drive colours and capacities

Kingston DataTraveler I G2 – discontinued model.

As this model has been discontinued any you see for sale are either old stock or fake capacity counterfeits manufactured by fraudsters in China. These Kingston flash drives (like many in the Kingston range) were colour coded according to their capacity and were available in capacities from 2GB to 32GB:

Drive capacitites:

  • 2GB–gray
  • 4GB–yellow
  • 8GB–cyan
  • 16GB–red
  • 32GB–dark green

If the colour of a Kingston DataTraveler I G2 flash drive does not match the capacity colour then it is a fake capacity counterfeit. The fact that a flash drive is correctly colour coded is no guarantee that it is 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, guarantee 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 guarantee 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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Written by fightflashfraud

November 1, 2010 at 1:25 PM

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