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Archive for January 6th, 2011

128GB DT200 flash drives from ebayer dysphoria1971 rather cheap

The 128GB Kingston DataTraveler 200 flash drives in this ebay listing from dysphoria1971 seem a bit on the cheap side which makes us wonder whether they might turn out to be fake capacity counterfeits. 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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Bought a memory card or flash drive on ebay? Test with h2testw!

Most flash memory items sold on ebay are fakes from China. Anyone using a fake capacity USB flash drive, memory card etc will find that it corrupts files after a time – when the real capacity of the flash memory is exceeded. This usually happens when you have saved 4GB of data (or less) to the device.

Fake flash memory items have sometimes been sold in reputable high street stores and even given as gifts with computer magazines! We strongly advise everyone who uses flash memory items (USB flash drives, memory cards, MP players etc) to test them with the free program h2testw irrespective of where they were purchased – otherwise you run the risk of data loss and corruption.

If you don’t want to risk losing your college work, photos, videos, music or whatever you are using flash memory for – arm yourself with h2testw! Far too few people who visit this blog actually go to the download site – very foolish.

Report your fake if testing confirms you have purchased fake capacity flash memory on ebay.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Posted in fake flash, Testing

ebayer wantit_australia lists notorious fake 128GB flash drive

The leather and steel type of USB flash drive in this ebay listing from wantit_australia 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.

32GB flash drives from goto7dayshop on ebay remarkably cheap

The 32GB USB flash drives in this ebay listing (item number 260717332923) from goto7dayshop are remarkably cheap. If they are genuinenly 32GB flash drives (as opposed to the fake capacity stuff mostly found on ebay) then they seem like a great bargain.

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.

Written by fightflashfraud

January 6, 2011 at 5:22 PM

original_cool_stuff lists notorious fake 64GB flash drive on ebay

The leather and steel model of USB flash drive in this ebay listing from original_cool_stuff is notorious – always proves to be 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.

counterfeit 256GB DT310 flash drives from ebayer mickaggi

The 256GB Kingsston DataTraveler 310 flash drives in this ebay listing (item number 260717295589) are certain to be fake capacity counterfeits and anyone who bought one will find it corrupts their files. The seller probably has no idea that they are 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.

counterfeit Kingston DT310 flash drives from ebayer iktemur

Seller iktemur states in this ebay listing:

Brand New 256gb Usb Flash Drive. Can Genuinely hold 256gb of data!

** This is not: **
– A Kingston product, however the appearance of the Usb is of the Kingston DT310
– A hacked usb. It can genuinely hold 256gb of data.

** Speeds you will receive are: **
2.5mb/s – 4mb/s Writing
5mb/s – 7mb/s Reading

For $700 less all you lose is the speed.

Note: I will be out of office until the 10/01/2011

If the flash drives are not genuine Kingston then they are counterfeits and seller iktemur is breaking the law by selling them. Had iktemur actually tested these rather than taking what the operating system reported (which is always the advertised capacity rather than the real capacity!) this seller would have discovered that they cannot hold anywhere near 256GB of data.

Anyone foolish enough to have bought one of these fake capacity counterfeit USB flash drives will discover that it corrupts their files once the real capacity of the drive (probably no more than 4GB) has been filled.

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.