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Largest USB Flash Drive Pendrive Stick In The World – 500GB. Amazing Smallest Size Available!

Posted by techchips on December 18, 2009

The world’s mini usb flash drive is available in 500GB! It is smaller in size then anything Kingston Technologies can offer. It is also a lot cheaper! Do you want to know who sells it?

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How Can You Spot Fake Flash Memory Chips? What Is the Key Factor That Determines If MP3 MP4 Players, USB Flash Drives Or Memory Cards Are Fake Capacity?

Posted by techchips on October 6, 2009

How can you avoid fake flash memory purchases? Do you know what fake capacity is? If you are not careful you could buy memory cards, usb flash drives or MP Players that have reprogrammed chips that lie about their real size. These are dangerous items as they cause people to lose their information!

So what is the easiest way to spot a fake?

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SDRAM RAM Memory Chips Used In Fake Flash Capacity MP3 MP4 Players Sold On eBay?

Posted by techchips on October 3, 2009

SOSFakeFlash received a recent report for an Fake MP Player sold by eBay Fake Flash Memory seller kinhome88. It was an MP Player advertised as 32GB. When the victim opened the player he found SAMSUNG’s K4S281632C-TC1L as the storage chip. At Samsung, this is an EOL SDRAM memory chip.

See: Yogi’s Fake 32GB MP Player From kinhome88 eBay Fake Flash Memory Seller – Charger Blows Up

The questions:

  • Are old EOL SDRAM chips from Samsung finding their way into false capacity MP Players being sold on eBay?
  • Is the chip serial K4S281632C-TC1L being counterfeited?

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Should You Repair A Fake USB Flash (Pen) Drive?

Posted by techchips on September 23, 2009

Before you attempt to repair a fake aka upgraded USB Flash (Pen) Drive you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my chances of being successful?
  • What are the chances of downloading a virus?
  • How trustworthy are repaired drives?
  • How much is my time worth?

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Flash Memory Prices Are Rising In 2009 – Up To 25% Since April 2009. Danger Of Grade C and D Being Used In False Capacity MP Players, USB Flash Drives And Memory Cards.

Posted by techchips on September 17, 2009

The price of flash memory chips continues to increase since April 2009, as much as 25%. A recent article published by Digitimes on 14 September 2009: Apple demand causing serious NAND flash shortage in Taiwan explains some of the reasons why.

Few consumers have any idea about the cost of the flash memory chips used in their mp players, usb flash drives and memory cards. Many fall prey to fraudulent sellers, who sell them items with false capacity – flash memory chips that have been digitally altered to report a size much larger than they really are. You usually find these items for sale on eBay. Usb flash drives advertised as 16GB are sold for as little as $15 US. 32GB memory cards are frequently won for $25 and under. MP Players advertised to be 8GB or 16GB often sell in the $15 and $30 US range.

What are the new costs of flash memory chips?

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How To Test The Capacity (Size) of MP Players, Memory Cards, USB Flash Drive Memory Sticks

Posted by techchips on September 14, 2009

To find the real capacity of nand flash memory storage chips, the best software that is “free” is H2testw.

To learn more read: H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives. It has all the information you need to understand how the program works and where to get the download.

The software was written by Harald Bögeholz. It is copyrighted, but is offered to people to test their nand flash memory devices. The article also explains why it is the best testing software available and why it is recommended. People use it to test usb pen sticks, memory cards and mp players.

Update 20091023: If you find you have a fake capacity flash memory item and want to repair it, please consult the new FAQ at FixFakeFlash Inspectortech for important information on repairing fake flash memory items before you attempt to repair.

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Corsair Publishes Warning About Counterfeit USB Flash Drives

Posted by techchips on September 9, 2009

Corsair is another brand name to fall victim to counterfeiting of their usb flash drive products. They are now warning consumers at their help desk. The most counterfeited is the Flash Voyager according to SOSFakeFlash’s information. Source of acquistion for most victims? eBay.

FlashDriveFacts just published: Corsair USB Flash Drives – Buying And Selling – A Guide Interesting reading.

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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.

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Beware Ebay Fake Memory! Detailed Study Revealed By FakeFlashNews On MP Players, Memory Cards, USB Flash Pen Sticks

Posted by techchips on September 2, 2009

SOSFakeFlash tracks eBay sellers of False capacity mp players, usb pensticks and memory cards. When victims report in using the Report A Fake Tab they add the information into their database.

FakeFlashNews has just released a report from SOSFakeFlash. The controller is “The Don Of Fake Flash In The Orient” – he seems to control many different eBay seller id’s. The fraud is amazing! It appears to be the biggest and most sinister counterfeit ring operating on eBay for fake flash mp players, memory cards and usb flash drives. The fraud appears to be estimated in the millions.

eBay Fraud – Heng Fung House – Home To eBay Counterfeit Ring – Lei Sio Hong. Connected To The Don Of Fake Flash In the Orient – 3ToTrade. SOSFakeFlash Investigation.

It’s hard to believe. Ebay doesn’t seem to have any interest in stopping this scam.

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PayPal Telephone Numbers – Quick Reference Guide To Get A Human Responding Instead Of An Email Robot

Posted by techchips on August 31, 2009

How can you contact Paypal? A lot of people who need to file claims against fraudulent sellers find themselves drowned in email robotic responses that have the intellegence of a peanut.

The problem is responses to members are are cut from templates, no real intellgence is required. Contacting Paypal by telephone requires a person respond to you. The results can be varied but it is better than an email robot. You should explain the situation and not let the person brush you off or give you a story – demand escalation or that they contact a supervisor immediately you feel they are not helpful.

If you need to settle a claim, try to call. Use toll free numbers if you can.

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What Is The Biggest USB Pen Stick Memory Flash Drive Size On The Market? Kingston Technologies Releases DT300 256GB

Posted by techchips on August 30, 2009

The biggest usb pen stick nand flash drive on the market, is 256GB . It is produced by Kingston Technologies. The DataTraveler 300 offers the highest capacity yet for a usb flash drive. It is currently only available the Far East, Europe, Middle East & Africa.

See Kingston’s press release of July 20th, 2009

You can visit the Kingston site to inspect the DataTraveler 300

The current list price for the DT300 256 GB is over £600 pounds. Do not expect to find this usb flash drive offered for much less!

Update 20100219: There are several usb flash drives available now at 256Gb. The DT300 model has just been replaced by the DT310 model. This new model does not look anything like the DT300. Read: DT310/256GB Replaces DataTraveler DT300 256GB DataTraveler From Kingston Technologies. DT310 Is The Biggest USB Pen Stick Memory Flash Drive Size.

At the moment, DataTraveler 300, DT300 256 GB is the only the only 256GB flash drive on the market, it is also the only Kingston usb flash drive that offers this capacity. When in doubt about a usb flash drive model that carries the Kingston brand name, please visit a Kingston Technologies website!

In June 2009, FlashDrive Facts announced: Kingston Technologies Releases DT200 128GB USB Flash Drive To Market , the DT200 to be the largest available usb flash drive on the market. The DT300 is now the largest available usb flash drive and is only available in select regions of the world.

Would you like to see the new DataTraveler 300? Have a look at this usb pen stick – we are presenting a full set of photos for you to inspect.

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