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What is This Fake Flash All About?

Posted by flashchiptutor on September 4, 2008

Exactly when it began, is a mystery to all of us. What is clear is that it was detected on eBay back in 2005. This can easily be verified by querying the internet. As the demand for higher capacity drives grew and as they were very expensive, someone found a way to reprogram controller chips on flash drives. Or that is what people think. The truth is more likely that people saw an opportunity to make money by using the genuine tools for programming the controller chips in an illegal manner. Purposely choosing the wrong parameters to report the existing flash drive size as higher than they really are.

The art of creating fakes is beyond most of us. Studies in trying to rehabilitate fake drives to become their old selves gives strong evidence that genuine tools are being used and or have been altered to carry out this diabolical task on innocent lower capacity flash drives.

One of the very first sites to appear on the internet against fake flash drives is:

http://www.nofakeflashdrives.com/

In the words of a senior member of eBayers against False Capacity Drives :

I hope you take the time to read the article by David, an honest trader trying to make an honest buck. He really was the first to try and warn people of this scam, and you may get annoyed at some of the supplier’s comments he has released. He has opened up another avenue we can go down in our attempts to get these fraudsters of the net… so our thanks should go out to him.

Please take the time to visit the site, and also to see what Dave found out about manufacturers and suppliers of USB drives. This is perhaps the most important reading on what the problem is all about and where it is coming from. We found it astonishing.

At SOSFakeFlash you will find the following Quote:

“Never doubt that a small group
of thoughtful, committed people
can change the world.
Indeed, it’s the only thing
that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead

Dave put this up a long time ago. It’s was his drum call to the internet forest, hoping that some day some one would hear the message and answer. That day finally came with the birth of the FrankenFlash Project . For eBayers, it is eBayers Against False Capacity Drives busy sending the message. For the general public it is SOSFakeFlash . And now also FlashDriveFacts.

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