Fake USB drives pt. 4



Their are a few flash counterfeit usb drives getting 404 errors which is pleasing. I think trademe are quietly pulling them off the site.

geek_mr-word, Apr 7, 2:52 pm

Alert. A crooked trader is trying to selling a gold 1 terabyte usb 3 drive for $250. Buying this drive means you are asking for trouble. A lady early on this thread bought a "gold bar 256GB" and experienced problems with it.

geek_mr-word, Apr 7, 4:24 pm

yep, that was me, looks identical to the 1tb one you refer to, both the trader i bought off and trademe have apologised, however no refund has turned up yet. it looks good and shows same properties as full size, BUT just fills up the 8gb (5.3 usable after hack software etc) and then proceeds to overwrite. hard to notice it isnt right until you try and use the saved content and its all empty folders.

geek_lissa25, Apr 7, 7:20 pm


In my experience, 404 error means that TradeMe has frozen the listing and requested seller to provide docs to prove authenticity.

geek_vondi, Apr 7, 8:02 pm



You have a bad 8 gigabyte memory chip with 5.3 gb usuable space.
Every 5.3 gigabytes it will overwrite the oldest files on the drive
The overwritten files will be in a blank directory.

http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/-fake-usb-flash-memory-drives
Type B?

geek_mr-word, Apr 7, 9:26 pm

Dhgate or alibaba is where the drives come from.
http://www.dhgate.com/product/wholesale-new-gold-bar-genuine-256gb-usb/158570109.html#s1-13-1|1815288589

Note sold as 256 GB.
But look at specifications.
Capacity: ??32GB 2-4GB ? 1GB 8-16GB

geek_mr-word, Apr 7, 9:42 pm

The specifications are cut and pasted into trademe auctions. Interface: USB2.0
Reading Speed: 3M/S
Writing Speed: 2M/S
USB Service Voltage: 4.5V-5.5V
Environment Temperature: -40C - +70C
Storage Temperature: -50C - +80C
Storage Lifetime: More than 10 years
Operating System: Win98/ME/2000/XP/ Vista/7 , Mac OS 9.X/Linux2.4
Convenient to carry
Easy to read and read in high speed
No need drive, only plug in
No need power supply
Support USB ZIP/HDD startup
Small style and fashionable
Shock resistance, damp proof, lighting resistance, antimagnetic
Can endure impact and knock of 3 meters fall
Use A-class chip, can be erased repeatedly for 100,0000 times

geek_mr-word, Apr 7, 9:44 pm

I've reported the 1TB drive. 1TB USB drives literally don't exist on the market, so easy to see this one is a fake.

Good to see there are currently no 256GB/512GB drives listed.

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 7, 10:00 pm

Toshiba fakes source: http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/20pcs-lot-Free-shipping-32gb-64gb-USB-Flash-Drive-2-0-Cheap-32-64gb-U-Disk/342810_1531180421.html

Read the product description! Please note:
This USB flash drive is upgrade USB flash drive,it's real capacity is 8gb,but it will show as 64gb when plug into computer or smart phone.The brand logo will come with on the card and package as original. We don't sell any black chip USB flash drive and would also specify clearly the real capacity of each flash drive instead of cheating buyers.Each USB flash drive will be double tested stictly on our computer to see if it works properly and its capacity is real.All the USB flash drive from us will come with 1 year warranty. Thanks for your supporting our business !

geek_mr-word, Apr 7, 10:02 pm



I've noticed the sellers getting sloppy and including watermarked photos of their source.

geek_mr-word, Apr 7, 10:05 pm

The 1TB drive just got taken down.

From what I can see there are no other dodgy drives listed. Job well done all.

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 8, 8:34 pm



Keep up the good work.

geek_mr-word, Apr 8, 11:29 pm

but how much in the way of fees have you cost TM?

geek_gibler, Apr 9, 10:14 pm



Thanks but don't link to trademe auctions directly. Counterfeit/fake source okay though. The alibaba autction has a riddle.

"You will never miss it.If you are not professional, you will not find out the problem" Only professional users such as photographers or videographers will find out that these are defective memory cards. Or power users who test their flash memory before use.

geek_mr-word, Apr 9, 10:59 pm

Yeah pays not to link the auction, Trademe don't like it and will remove this thread.

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 9, 11:09 pm



You can never know. Close to 2 grand in fraudulent auctions stopped so
far. $100-$150 in success fees.

geek_mr-word, Apr 9, 11:25 pm

Title USB memory key 128GB
X 2 Auctions
Type Capless/Swivel drive.
Brand: Generic
No reserve $41

geek_mr-word, Apr 11, 8:08 pm



Community watched it thanks.

geek_mr-word, Apr 16, 7:23 pm

Me too. Thanks

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 16, 7:25 pm

Toshiba "Suzaku" usb 3 flash drives are now being sold by several traders.
They are only sold in europe or USA not available in New Zealand and Australia. Fakes have no size capacity or read speed quoted on box and are in red cardboard packaging or loose.

Real packaging.
http://www.toshiba-memory.com/export/sites/toshiba-memory/images/products/downloads/blister/THNV64SUZBLACK_BL5_blister.jpg http://www.toshiba-memory.com/export/sites/toshiba-memory/images/products/downloads/blister/THNV32SUZBLACK_BL5_blister.jpg

geek_mr-word, Apr 16, 9:26 pm

Alert novelty usb flash drive buyers.
=Ironman 512gb USB 2.0 (no joke)= X2

geek_mr-word, Apr 18, 4:29 pm

Hmmm. Finding the Ironman 512GB USB3.0 drives on Alibaba.
Available for as low as $2 each.
In specifications of the listing it says 32-64GB and USB 2.0

geek_gsimpson, Apr 18, 6:59 pm



Never ending.

Reported.

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 18, 7:01 pm

Fake sony usb flash drive
Actual title:
SONY 265 GB

That same guy (egg) is at it again this time selling fake sony with a 256GB sticker on it for $60. He made a typo in the title.

The the largest usb flash drive at the sony store is 64GB and sells for $89.99 US dollars.

geek_mr-word, Apr 21, 3:57 pm

geek_mr-word, Apr 21, 4:22 pm

geek_mr-word, Apr 21, 5:13 pm

There's also an auction selling a 128GB drive and a 256GB drive (together) for $1 res.

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 21, 5:22 pm



Reported, The listing is in the wrong category in external hard drives.
FYI.To anyone who wants to report it as well.

geek_mr-word, Apr 21, 5:52 pm

I've asked the trader to test the drives as it seems like they genuinely don't know. We'll see what happens. If they don't play ball, I'll report the listing.

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 21, 6:02 pm



fakeflashtest is a better and faster program to run. But the stick needs to be reformatted with rmprepusb to be able to be used again. What an arrogant attitude the seller took to free software. He obviously get swindled from whom he bought it from.

geek_mr-word, Apr 21, 8:52 pm



Yeah I dunno. The numbers do add up. Although it's unlikely.

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 21, 9:32 pm

I would just like to thank the OP and others for bringing this up - not something I was aware of, great to know that it is something I should be wary of.

Thanks for the good work at keeping up informed!

geek_kiwileprechaun, Apr 22, 10:11 am



The leather drives are well known fakes.

"This usb flash drive pen stick is the oldest surviving fake to be sold on eBay, sold for over eight years."

http://fakeflashnews.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/usa-helptony20-ebay-seller-claims-128gb-usb-pen-flash-drive-tested-advertises-as-unused-unopened-for-sale-at-only-29-99-us-can-you-buy-a-leather-usb-flash-drive-128-gb-so-cheap/

I asked how many dvds were you able to write and read back sucessfully.
That question remains unanswered.

geek_mr-word, Apr 22, 3:27 pm

geek_mr-word, Apr 22, 3:39 pm

There seem to be an every growing number of traders selling fake microSD cards - even ones with feedback from buyers who have confirmed then as such.

geek_soundsgood, Apr 24, 3:21 pm



Lookout for fake Samsung microSD card they are easy to spot.
There is now a bidding war between two bidders for the fake 128GB and 256GB leather drives.

geek_mr-word, Apr 24, 11:00 pm



Bidding has become a contest of biggest loser. The winner could have bought a nice external hard drive.

geek_mr-word, Apr 29, 9:09 pm

About 10 Kingston 256GB drives just listed. Thoughts?

Look very fake to me. Kingston website shows that model only goes up to 64GB

http://www.kingston.com/en/usb/personal_business#dtse9h

geek_suicidemonkey, Apr 29, 9:11 pm



They are fake because the maximum size data traveler SE9's go up to is 64GB. So I reported them all.

geek_mr-word, Apr 29, 9:42 pm

I also spotted a fake Sandisk Extreme Pro 128GB on trademe.
What a real drive looks like.
http://www.legitreviews.com/sandisk-extreme-pro-128gb-usb-3-0-flash-drive-review_136346 A fake will also have a China product code on it, http://www.sandisk.com/products/usb/drives/extremepro3/

geek_mr-word, Apr 29, 9:44 pm

Have reported the Kingston drive. The seller confirmed they are SE9 models. Kingston website confirms they only come in max 64GB.

geek_suicidemonkey, Jan 1, 3:19 pm

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