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Archive for January 4th, 2011

pair of Kingston DT200 flash drives in ebay auction from fyr1

We think it highly unlikely that the pair of Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in this ebay auction from seller fyr1 will be genuine. In the incredibly unlikely event that we are wrong someone will get a fantastic bargain! 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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cl27144 lists notorious 64GB leather and steel flash drive on ebay

The leather and steel type flash drive in this ebay auction from cl27144 is notorious – in tests conducted by our team and other fake flash investigators it has never proved to have a real capacity above 4GB although (due to fraudulent programming) it will report the advertised capacity to the operating system.

Such fake capacity USB flash drives inevitably corrupt files once the user tries to save more than the true capacity to them. The seller may have no idea that this is a fake. Perhaps some kind ebayer will advise seller cl27144 to end the listing and test the flash drive with h2testw.

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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January 4, 2011 at 9:37 PM

used Kingston DT200 flash drives in ebay auctions from karoplano

We think it very unlikely that the used 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive in this ebay auction (item number 180607875634) from karoplano is genuine. As well as this auction the seller has a buy it now listing for four more of these, an auction for one 32GB DT200 and a buy it now listing for four of the 32GB model. We strongly suspect that these 10 USB flash drives will all turn out to be fake capacity counterfeits and that anyone who buys one will find it corrupts their 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.

mharvard auctions fake 256GB Kingston flash drives on ebay

The 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives being auctioned on ebay by mharvard are very obvious fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who buys one of these will find it corrupts their 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.

private ebay auction for fake Kingston DT200 from sharkking82

As the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive in this private ebay auction (item number 200561080655) from sharkking82 is a very obvious fake capacity counterfeit that corrupts files it seems pretty certain that the 64GB Kingston DT200 flash drives from this seller will also be fakes.

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.

Is 128GB Kingston DT200 in ebay auction from jeff2804 genuine?

If this 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drive is genuine then seller jeff2804 risks making a loss by auctioning it on ebay. 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.

Counterfeit 128GB Kingston DT200 in ebay auction from mkintner

We can state without the shadow of a doubt that the 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 USB flash drive in this ebay auction from mkintner is a fake capacity counterfeit that 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.

UPDATE 26/01/10

We notice that mkintner is now selling the 256GB Kingston DataTraveler 310 – sure to be counterfeit too if they came from the same supplier!