The Difference Between A Fake USB Memory Pen Stick And A Substandard One
Posted by techchips on September 8, 2009
Major brand manufacturers have placed large orders for flash memory chips. Prices are rising. Many facilities in China have scaled back production to clear existing inventory. It costs a lot to create quality memory nand storage chips. No one can not afford to sell below production costs.
The pricing information the FrankenFlash project has in What Are The Real Costs For Flash Chips In China? Guide 2009 may now contain prices that are lower then current costs.
Recently a website in New Zealand has hit the radar. It is called: www.trademe.co.nz
The Oceania team has been examining this site for some time. There are fake usb pen drives being sold there. According to this team, it is not the only problem. It appears that many sellers at this site are receiving substandard merchandise from China.
There is a difference between a “fake” and a sub standard usb flash drive. The first is a small usb flash chip that has been digitally altered to report a much larger size to an operating system. In the case of a substandard chip, the size is close to what was advertised by the manufacturing facility. Instead, the chips contact a lot of bad sectors. not locked out by the low level formatting preparation. It is important to know the difference.
Recently one seller on Trademe, ordered a large quantity of 16GB usb flash drives to sell. The usb flash drives arrived and were tested. They were not fakes, but substandard as the test results revealed.
The seller on TradeMe was familiar with nand memory technology and make sure to test every single usb flash drive before offering for sale. Only good pen sticks were sold. A lot of sellers on TradeMe probably do not test, they are not aware that they need to.
If you chose to buy on www.trademe.co.nz make sure that you test your usb flash drive on arrival and prior to storing any important files on the pen stick. Your results will tell you if you have a genuine capacity item read to use, a substandard item or the false capacity item known as a “fake“.