Fake flash memory on ebay, still.

I have had a near-miss with fake flash memory on ebay this week. I bought a (claimed) 32Gb USB disk. It arrived quickly, the packaging looked legit at first glance. An odd thing about the packet was a copyright date of 2011 on the back.
When I got the USB disk out of the packet, it felt very light and insubstantial. The plastic case was not glued or bonded together. I could see that the memory IC had had the manufacturer’s name scrubbed off. Suspicious.
I used the H2testw tool to test the device. This is the result:

Warning: Only 31982 of 31983 MByte tested.
The media is likely to be defective.
5.9 GByte OK (12513120 sectors)
25.2 GByte DATA LOST (52986016 sectors)
Details:0 KByte overwritten (0 sectors)
0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
25.2 GByte corrupted (52986016 sectors)
0 KByte aliased memory (0 sectors)
First error at offset: 0x000000017ddec000
Expected: 0x000000017ddec000
Found: 0x0000000000000000
H2testw version 1.3
Writing speed: 9.27 MByte/s
Reading speed: 11.8 MByte/s
H2testw v1.4

Definitely fake.

So I opened an “item not as described” case in ebay. Within 20 minutes the seller had accepted the return of the device, and issued a full refund.

I took some photos of the device before I posted it: http://imageshack.us/g/1/10200695/

I left feedback for the seller, saying the device was “faulty” and he had issued a refund. The seller’s ebay ID is “cases-4-every-1” and his address is:

Ozan Sarikaya
4 Hatfield Close

I was aware that fake flash memory devices exist, thanks mostly due to this blog: http://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/

I have submitted a full report to them, because it may help someone else before they part with their money.


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