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Fight Fake Capacity Flash Memory

Fixing Fake SD SDHC Cards, Is It Possible? What Are The Problems And Challenges? What Software To Use To Test For Flash Memory Fake Chips. Is There A Free Download To Check Flash Drives And Memory Cards Size?

Posted by techchips on July 13, 2011

Do you suspect you have a fake memory card? Is the class speed under performing? Are you losing your files and experiencing data corruption from flash memory chips? These are important signs for fake memory chips altered to lie about their true size. A lot of people call it “Hacked Memory”. The black market is strong, over 1,000,000 flash memory chips are upgraded and manipulated every month and many brand name manufacturers such as: SanDisk, Transcend, Sony, ADATA, Kingston Technologies, RITEK and Lexar have been impacted.

How do you test a memory card to check it’s capacity? Can you identify the low level reformatting software needed to repair MultiMedia (MMC plus) Plus, Compact Flash (CF), Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC), Memory Stick Micro (M2),Memory Stick Pro Duo (MS Pro Duo), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, Micro SDHC, Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) cards?

Covered:

  • Step One – Identifying The Real Size Of Your Memory Card
  • Step Two – Identifying Software To Repair Your The Real Size Of Your Memory Card
  • Step Three – Repairing Your Fake Flash Memory Card
  • Discouraged In Fixing Fake Flash Memory Cards?
  • Do You Feel A Bit Silly Or Foolish About Having Bought A Fake Memory Card? Read the rest of this entry »

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What Is The Largest Flash Memory Card? Who Makes Them?

Posted by techchips on July 12, 2011

The highest capacity for flash memory cards is currently 128GB made by Sandisk and Lexar. For CompactFlash cards, Sandisk is the choice. For 128GB SDXC cards, Lexar is the leader from a price perspective. Kingston Technologies offers 64GB capacity SDXC memory cards.  What do these new 128GB flash memory cards look like and how much do they cost?

SANDISK ANNOUNCES WORLD’S FASTEST HIGH-CAPACITY COMPACTFLASH CARD

You will not find a bargain price for a flash memory card advertised at 128GB on the internet. The CompactFlash 128GB cards are professional for the most demanding photographer. SDXC cards will also be expensive.

At Newegg:

SanDisk 128GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model SDCFXP-128G-A91

SDCFXP-128G-A91Newegg

Current price over $1000 US.

At Amazon:

SanDisk 128 GB CompactFlash Type 2 Flash Memory Card SDCFXP-128G-X46 – Black

SDCFXP-128G-A91Amazon

Current price over $1400 US.

The lowest price for a SDXC 128GB flash memory card is on Amazon currently on sale for over $200 US.

Lexar Media 128 GB SDXC Flash Memory Card LSD128CRBNA133 found on the internet from a reputable discount site was at Amazon

LSD128CRBNA133Amazon

Currently Kingston Technologies is not offering a 128GB capacity for flash memory cards. Their largest capacity is 64GB for flash memory cards. The Kingston 64 GB Class 10 SDXC Flash Card SD10A/64GB is high end and generally does not sell for less then $380 US.

If you need high capacity 64GB or 128GB flash memory cards, expect to pay a fair price. Do not try to buy them on eBay for low prices. If you do, you will become a victim of flash memory fraud. These high capacity flash memory cards are expensive to manufacture and must pass many quality tests to ensure they meet the standards you expect.

A 128GB flash memory card is blazing new technology, it is not cheap, it is very high end. Few brand names offer them and there are currently no generics available in real advertised capacity. Beware of any flash memory card advertised in a capacity higher than 128 GB, the technology in 2011 does not yet exist on the consumer market.

Additonal Reading:

H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives

Genuine Verses Fake Counterfeit USB Flash Drives – A Guide – USB Flash Chips Used In USB Flash Drives – Grades A B C D

yanyanseller2008 Ebay Fake Flash Memory Seller Alert – Hong Kong. eBay Flash Memory Counterfeit Ring Zhuo Qiuge(PC). Fake 32GB SD SDHC And MicroSD Cards On eBay. The Sale Of Fake Memory Cards Increasing on eBay.

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Kingston DataTraveler R500 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DTR500/16GB – DTR500/32GB – DTR500/64GB – DTR500/128GB. The Replacement For DT200 USB Flash Drives. A Close Up Look DataTraveler R500.

Posted by techchips on June 26, 2011

The Kingston DataTraveler R500 usb flash drive is the high speed replacement for Kingston’s Old DT200 DataTraveler usb flash drive product line. It comes in four different capacities: DTR500/16GB, DTR500/32GB, DTR500/64GB, DTR500/128GB. The DataTraveler R500 is USB 2.0 with speeds of up to 30MB/sec. read and 20MB/sec. write and carries a 5 year warranty.

When buying a Kingston DataTraveler usb flash drive it is important you perform a Kingston validation to avoid purchasing a non genuine product.

Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.

As with any usb flash drive, to ensure proper capacity and performance the usb flash drive should be tested using the most reliable and free software H2testw. To understand why read:

H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives

It includes download links.

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Chip Genius – The Good And The Bad About This Software In Identify Flash Memory Chips And Repairing Fake Hacked Memory. How Useful Is Chipgenius?

Posted by techchips on December 7, 2010

ChipGenius is a software used to identify the VID and PID information for flash memory. Read the rest of this entry »

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Genuine Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 DTU30/16GB DTU30/32GB DTU30/64GB USB Flash Drives Close Up

Posted by techchips on October 2, 2010

Kingston Technologies first usb 3.0 flash drive is the DataTraveler Ultimate. It comes in three sizes, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. You can read the details about this new model in Kingston’s press release issued September 14, 2010. Kingston Digital Launches USB 3.0 Flash Drive

This new usb flash drive supports very fast transfer rates, important when you have a lot of data to move.

The current suggested prices are:

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eBay Private Auctions. Fraud. Flash Memory. 199 eBay Sellers Involved.

Posted by techchips on August 1, 2010

Private auctions are a fraudulent sellers best weapon to evade detection on eBay, especially for flash memory producrts. These days 32GB 64Gb 128GB and 256GB advertised capacity are hot. They are usually used by eBay sellers in Asia. You will find Western sellers using them too. In almost all cases, they are violating eBay policy. They tend to make the most money and according to SOSFakeFlash, are the hardest to shut down. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kingston DT310/256 Counterfeits Sold On eBay!

Posted by techchips on May 8, 2010

Kingston Technologies continues to suffer from Counterfeiters in China for their usb flash drives. The new the DT310 in 256GB is now available on eBay for only $98 US !

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Newegg.com offers it at $722.99 US

Newegg DT310

TechChips published: DT310/256GB Replaces DataTraveler DT300 256GB DataTraveler From Kingston Technologies. DT310 Is The Biggest USB Pen Stick Memory Flash Drive Size on February 20 2010. We did not expect that the new DT310/256GB would be counterfeited so quickly.

Something is very wrong at Kingston Technologies. Their usb flash drives are counterfeited too quickly. Is there a security problem at Kingston? The SOSFakeFlash site is documenting too many false capacity Kingston usb flash drives. It is the most counterfeited brand name for flash memory technology.

No other brand name is reported the most to SOSFakeFlash. Are Kingston usb flash drives being counterfeited because of the high profile for the brand? Or is it because Kingston exercises the least security and control for their products? TechChips is unable to answer this question. Can you?

Additional Reading:

Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.

Kingston Technologies Under Attack From Fake Flash Memory Seller Piranhas In The Orient. DT200 Counterfeits 8GB 16GB 32GB Flood Global Market.

Current Prices For Genuine Kingston DataTraveler 200 128GB USB2.0 Flash Drives DT200/128GB And For Fakes – A Guide

Buying A Kingston DataTraveler DT200 128GB Flash Drive On eBay? What You See Might Not Be What You Receive. Have a look.

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Tool Software To Test Flash Memory – USB Flash Drives, MP Players, Memory Cards. Best In Breed, Free And Accurate Too! Recommended By SOSFakeFlash.

Posted by techchips on May 2, 2010

How do you test the memory capacity of flash memory? Find out the real size? If you want to make sure that your usb flash drive, memory card or mp player is the size sellers advertise, you need to use a simple and easy to use software tool. Read the rest of this entry »

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128GB USB Flash Drives Fat16 IS It Possible? The True Revealed.

Posted by techchips on April 24, 2010

If a usb flash drive is formatted with Fat16, what is the the maximum size you can have? 4 Gigabytes. For Windows operating systems before XP, you can only have 2 GB with a Fat16 file system (Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows 95, or MS-DOS). For more information on Fat16 read: Maximum size fat16

How is it possible to have a 128 GB flash usb flash drive that uses Fat16? There is only one way. Using low level formatting software tools that digitally alter what the operating system sees – hacking the flash memory chip.

The problem of false capacity usb flash drives being sold on eBay has reached crises mode
. Some sellers attempt to reassure their buyers. Usually they will present a screen capture of what the operating system reports. In other cases they will show testing information from HD TUNE.

viola23easy HD Tune

Looks reassuring does it?

viola23easy Fat16 128GB

To a non technical buyer, the results look fine.

There is only one little problem, Fat16 can not support 128GB. Buyers, especially on eBay do not know a lot about file allocation systems. Fat32 and NTFS will ring a bell for most users, but Fat16? Not likely – unless you have been using computers for the past 15 years or longer.

Little details are important. The seller did not pay attention to the details. TD Tune did not pick up the false capacity. If you want to detect false capacity for usb flash drives, you need to run a program that is free to use: H2testw. It will tell you the real size of a flash memory chip and also report any errors or anomalies.

The usb flash drive sold by this seller was:

viola23easy 128GB Classic Leather eBay Flash Drive Fake

 

So far SOSFakeFlash has never received a report where this model has more than 4GB, usually it has 2GB and in some cases only 1GB. It is available up to 16GB, sold at internet sites that specialize in doing custom logos for usb flash drives as promotional products.

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Faulty Flash Memory Chips – Are They Really Faulty Or Have They Been Hacked To Lie About Their Real Capacity?

Posted by techchips on April 19, 2010

Faulty implies a manufacturing defect – there is nothing “faulty” about flash memory chips reprogrammed to lie about their actual capacity. This practice is very common in the Orient. The nand flash memory chips are digitally altered using low level formatting tools. Quite a few usb controller chips are easily manipulated. The most common are found in Alcor, AMECO, iCreate and Micov families.

Software is widely available often the same software used to prepare the chips in Fabs for correct capacity. Digital alteration is commonly referred to as “Hacked” memory. Is it difficult to do?

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DT310/256GB Replaces DataTraveler DT300 256GB DataTraveler From Kingston Technologies. DT310 Is The Biggest USB Pen Stick Memory Flash Drive Size.

Posted by techchips on February 20, 2010

The biggest usb pen stick size remains 256GB. Kingston Technologies was the first to release the 256GB size to market. The newest model just released is the DT310 DataTraveler 310. It is available in one size only, 256GB. According to Kingston, it is the first 256GB USB Flash drive in the United States.

The first model offered by Kingston was the DT300 256GB reported in: What Is The Biggest USB Pen Stick Memory Flash Drive Size On The Market? Kingston Technologies Releases DT300 256GB. It was offered in the Far East, Europe, Middle East & Africa. The DT310 DataTraveler 310 is being made available to the United States. It supports password protection and has a suggested MSRP (U.S. only) of $ 1,108.00. It also looks very different from the DT300.

See Kingston’s press release of February 18, 2010

Would you like to see the new DataTraveler 310? Have a look at this usb pen stick – we are presenting a full set of photos for you to inspect.

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eBay Black List Sellers – Fake Memory Published By SOSFakeFlash

Posted by techchips on February 11, 2010

Want to know who sells fake MP players, USB pen sticks and memory cards on eBay?

These sellers advertise 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB capacity, but that is not what you will get. It seems most buyers receive only 2GB to 4GB in real size and are at risk for data and file loss. SOSFakeFlash just published new lists for April 2010 . Over 983+ eBay sellers are on file. See their Lists.

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Flash Memory Prices On eBay. Global Report From SOSFakeFlash Published at FlashFakeCentral.

Posted by techchips on February 3, 2010

SOSFakeFlash collects information and data on eBay for fake flash memory products sold. They just completed a two year study. Do you want to know how much eBay sellers charge for fake MPx players, memory cards and usb flash drives sold on eBay? What buyers pay on average?

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Acronis Disk Director Not Reading Kingston DT150 DT200 DT300 DT400 USB Flash Drives

Posted by techchips on January 2, 2010

If a Kingston USB Flash Drive is Genuine, you should have no difficultly reading it with Acronis Disk Director or any other partitioning software.

So what are the circumstances that lead to problems reading a Kingston DT150 DT200 DT300 DT400 USB Flash Drive?

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What Countries Suffer The Most Fraud On Ebay For Flash Memory Items? 16GB 32GB 64GB.

Posted by techchips on December 28, 2009

SOSFakeFlash has just released a list of the top 25 countries receiving fake flash memory products purchased on eBay. Read: eBay – Top 25 Countries Frauded. Fake Flash Memory Items Available On Ebay. 200912

Part of the problem is that members on eBay have no understanding as to the real costs of flash memory chips.

There is an need to increase awareness. Education.

You can help promote awareness and educate the public. Please visit internet sites in your country and let them know about FrankenFlash Project Sites:

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