Fighting flash fraud on Ebay

The authors of this blog want to elimnate flash fraud on Ebay

512GB USB flash drives don’t exist!

There is no such thing as a genuine 512GB USB flash drive – 512 megabytes, yes, 512 gigabytes, no. Anyone who buys one of these (whether on ebay from estore301 or elsewhere) will discover they got a fake that corrupts files.

By USB flash drive we do not mean the larger solid state hard drives that use flash memory – we mean the little things the size of a cigarette lighter (as per all those pictured on this blog, often called memory sticks) that you can put on a keyring, in your purse or in your pocket.

Some people (either willfuly or through ignorance) misunderstand what we are talking about and tell us that they do! They will, no doubt, exist one day but that day has not arrived at the time of writing, and is unlikely to before the end of 2011.

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

February 24, 2011 at 7:26 AM

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  1. What we were talking about was not specialist custom built stuff – this blog is about stuff you can buy on ebay. We have abandoned the blog because we feel we were banging our heads against a brick wall.


    April 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM

  2. Actually you’re slightly wrong; there *are* small numbers of 512GB USB flash drives around. However they’re all custom builds, not in mass production as of yet (that’ll probably be AUG/SEP2011).
    One useful discriminator is the USB interface, all real 512GB drives use USB3 and mass production will probably continue this.

    a passing stranger

    April 4, 2011 at 9:48 PM

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