Beware of eBay Sellers Using Operating System Reports For USB Flash Drive Capacity 16GB 32GB 64GB Size

Posted on February 9, 2009 by

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At last seller guruelectronics has been caught selling fake flash usb drives on eBay! While SOSFakeFlash has been aware until evidence came in little could be done about this seller in the United States.

Sold was one of the most famous in the fake flash usb line. This seller also offered lots as high as 100. Possibily to be resold on eBay by smaller sellers. The web of selling false capacity drives on eBay can be a cascading chain. guruelectronics also attempted to convince buyers about the size being genuine by presenting a screen capture of size reported by the operating system – not an unusal snare.

guruelectronics is estimated to have sold many, not just in single units, but in lots as high as one hundred. If you bought this drive:

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Do not use it to store data without testing with H2testw 1.4 to ensure the advertised capacity matches actual capacity. This drive typically has a 2GB flash chip. Do not attempt to repair this drive by opening it to find the controller chip or flash drive serial. The circuit board is glued with epoxy to hold it to the bottom casing. If you seperate the bottom to see the flash chip, the drive will in future wiggle and slide in the casing.

Under no circumstances should you accept any excuses from guruelectronics about the drive being “defective“. A digitally altered flash drive is not defective, it has been reprogrammed to lie about it’s true size.

guruelectronics attempted convince customers usb flash drives being sold were of the correct size:

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The only thing this picture shows is what the operating system “sees” or is led to believe the size is. The point of reprogramming is to trick the operating system into seeing a larger size than the drive actually is. H2testw 1.4 can detect this. When drives are opened and chips decoded, they only confirm what H2testw 1.4 already reported.

SOSFakeFlash advises that one should never accept a demonstration of what the operating system sees as “proof” for a usb flash drive’s capacity. Just too many people have fallen for this demonstration and have been conned into believing the drive was just a lemon – defective. This is precisely what a seller of fake flash usb drives wants you to believe. The last thing they want anyone to realize is that a digitally altered drive has been purchased. It would spoil their sales, profit and eventually get them shutdown on eBay.

More detailed information on guruelectronics is available at the SOSFakeFlash site.

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