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Where Is The Serial Number On DT200 Kingston USB Flash Drives?

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 12, 2011

People are searching the internet for information on serial numbers for Kingston usb flash drives. If they bought a genuine item, the serial number is in plain view. For older datatraveler usb flash drives, it is on the side of the usb flash drive. For newer usb flash drives, especially high end usb flash drives the serial number is engraved on the usb connector tip. Kingston Technologies began engraving the serial number for every single usb DataTraveler on the connector tip to fight against counterfeiting. It is additional overhead and work but they believe it is worth the effort to protect consumers and resellers.

If you need to verify if the DataTraveler usb flash drive you bought is a genuine item or a counterfeit you should read:

Kingston USB Flash Drives. How To Check You Have A Genuine One And Not A Counterfeit – Easy Guide. Kingston Technologies Fighting To Protect Consumers And Itself From Counterfeits.

This article will tell you everything you need to know and how to contact Kingston to validate your DataTraveler usb flash drive.

People interested in the DT200 model need to exercise additional care. Kingston no longer makes it.

DT200 Kingston DataTraveler USB Flash Drives Retired Discontinued. Only Remaining Market Left Appears For Counterfeits And Fake DT-200s. More Recent Kingston USB Flash Drives Cheaper Than DT200.

Recent information from the FrankenFlash project indicates the DT200 is still a hot item on the internet, there are many searches for 256GB capacity and even 1 TB Terabyte capacity. The DT200 usb flash drive was only manufactured up to a capacity of 128GB. Where is the global community getting the idea it can be 256Gb or even 1TB?

The DT200 is old news and no longer a good bargain for genuine DataTraveler at high capacity. You can buy one with better read/write speeds a lot cheaper than what the DT200 sold for!

Kingston DataTraveler R500 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model DTR500/16GB – DTR500/32GB – DTR500/64GB – DTR500/128GB. The Replacement For DT200 USB Flash Drives. A Close Up Look DataTraveler R500.

If you are looking for the serial number for a Kingston DataTraveler, just look at the usb connector tip. If it is a very old model, check the side of the usb flash drive, it is that simple. If you have a DataTraveler from DT150 onward and do not see a serial number on the usb flash drive connector, you probably bought a fake and at a false capacity.

Make sure you validate your DataTraveler usb flash drive with Kingston. It will not cost you anything and it will give you piece of mind.

If Kingston says your DataTraveler is a counterfeit, test the memory capacity of the flash storage on board:

H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives

Information On DT200 DataTraveler USB Flash Drive Problems:

DT200 256GB – New Capacity Offered By Kingston Technologies. DT200 Now Comes in 256 GB Or Does it?

Kingston DT200 Offers New Capacity – 1TB USB Flash Memory Stick. The Biggest Capacity For A USB Flash Drive Is Available From aliexpress.com. Wholesale Cost For DT200 Is Not Expensive, It Is Cheap. Profit From Selling Upgraded Flash Memory.

eBay Erasing Evidence Of Fraud – Protection Of Fake Memory Sellers Increasing. DT200/128GB Kingston DataTraveler Fakes Continue To Be Sold On eBay.

Warning KINGSTON DT200 DATA TRAVELER 128 GB USB FLASH DRIVE eBay Fakes – A Guide

Kingston Technologies Under Attack From Fake Flash Memory Seller Piranhas In The Orient. DT200 Counterfeits 8GB 16GB 32GB Flood Global Market.

Current Prices For Genuine Kingston DataTraveler 200 128GB USB2.0 Flash Drives DT200/128GB And For Fakes – A Guide

Buying A Kingston DataTraveler DT200 128GB Flash Drive On eBay? What You See Might Not Be What You Receive. Have a look.

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Exposing DT310 USB Flash Drive Fakes Sold On eBay. Counterfeits For Kingston DT310 Are Infesting The Global Market!

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 8, 2011

The DT310 256GB flash drive is very popular. Too many sellers believe it possible to buy DT310 Kingston DataTraveler flash drives cheap! They are all unauthorized sellers for the Kingston brand name. Focused on a quick profit, uninformed about flash chip prices and very naive, they are harming people around the world, causing a lot of damage to buyers who not only lose their money but data to fake Data Traveler flash drives.

While effort continues to educate buyers for usb flash drives, the DT310 continues to be the most popular fake sold at internet sites. Most victims of flash memory fraud are on eBay. Despite pressure from Kingston Technologies, eBay continues to permit the sale of these counterfeits. New seller id’s appear every day. There appears to be a concerted determination on the part of fraudulent sellers to push the DT310 fakes out to buyers despite the consequences to consumers. The determination is based on the reputation of the DT310 DataTraveler, everyone wants to buy one and they want to have this reliable usb flash drive cheap.

The fake DT310 usb flash drive can have a real flash chip capacity ranging from 1 GB to 8GB in size. Most lock up after a few read write attempts.

Sellers on eBay caught selling the fakes complain bitterly when buyers leave negative feedback or follow up feedback about their purchase. FrankenFlash Project sites continue to expose the sellers and never retract their articles. They receive many threats. The evidence and facts vindicate the truth they reveal. Kingston Technologies continues to pressure eBay and assist victims of DT310 fakes.

There are reports of frauded buyers being asked to return these counterfeits as a condition of refund. The truth is, they don’t have to return them!

PayPal Refunds – Counterfeit Items Policy Change Nov 01 2010. What Does This Mean For Fake Flash Memory? MP Players, USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards? Hacked Memory Awareness Growing.

When eBay or PayPal tries to circumvent a frauded buyer and ignore the new rules, Kingston Technologies tech support steps in to provide assistence. They also use the information provided to make eBay pull the sellers listings.

According to insider information, eBay continues to fear lawsuits from brand names for flash memory fraud. They do remove listings but they do not inform buyers for the eBay seller to warn them about a fraudlent purchase. It leads to many buyers not only losing their data but the potential to issue a case against a fraudlent seller. The deception continues.

The packaging and internal tear downs for DT310 are amazing in their variety, so we are not including the usual deal, there are just too many versions out there for us to document in the collection.

One of the best exposures for the DT310 counterfeits is in this video. You need to see it! It is all our site really needs to catalogue.

OutlawedMedia on DT310 Kingston DataTraveler Fakes.

Exposing Fake/Counterfeit USB Drive!

It is the best exposure and tear down for a DT310 fake so far!

DT310 fakes can be sold for as little as $20 US and as much as $300 US. Buyers continue to be fooled. Resellers continue to be fooled. It remains the hottest fake usb flash drive on the market today!

Ebay flash fraud continues. Internet flash fraud continues.

Please do not import DT310 usb flash drives from Chinese or Hong Kong internet sites. You are will become a fake flash memory seller. You will lose your reputation. You could be published by a FrankenFlash Project site. These days, they don’t hesitate to publish the full address of a seller who has been caught selling a DT310 fake. You might even face criminal procession in your country. Kingston Technologies is fighting to protect their brand name integrity and they will not accept your excuses, they will take legal action against you.

The DT310 flash drive is one item you should stay away from selling! Unless you are an authorized reseller from Kingston. Don’t sell it on the internet unless you have been able to confirm with Kingston that the merchandise you received is really genuine.

The DT310 Counterfeit Problem:

Additional Reading:

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

If you want to review all the counterfeits found on eBay you can visit three sites. Just type in the word Kingston in the search box to see what is currently documented:

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Counterfeit Corsair Flash Voyager 256GB 256 Fake USB Flash Drive – Pictures And Packaging

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 6, 2011

Beware Of Corsair Flash Voyager Usb flash drives advertised at 256GB with this packaging and drive markings. They are counterfeits, fake! Corsair did not produce them in the size advertised. Sold mainly on wholesaler internet sites in China, Hong Kong. You can find them on other internet sites too. In some cases, listings will advertise them as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This is a polite term for false capacity.

Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive in the packaging shown, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive! The Flash Voyager was made in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacity. If you see any advertising for 64GB, 128GB or 256GB you will buy a fake.

This story provides a lot of detail on the counterfeit flash voyager usb memory problem:

Fake 128GB Corsair Flash Drive Counterfeit Voyager Pen Sticks Continue To Be Sold On eBay.

Do not be fooled by term “OEM”. Do not assume counterfeit or fake means the usb flash drives are only knock offs of the Corsair brand name – harmless in your pursuit of profit. These usb flash drives will not contain the advertised capacity of flash memory.

If you list these flash drives on eBay, there is a strong possibility a warning will be issued on the internet by the WatchDog site for flash memory. If your buyers report you, you will be recorded at SOSFakeFlash.

On eBay, the problem of fake memory usb flash drives being sold there remains a very serious problem:

Crises on Ebay For Fake Flash Memory Products Sold In 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB – SOSFakeFlash Reports

Inspectors continue to examine eBay listings for fake flash voyager usb flash drives, in the interest of protecting consumers.

To understand read Why Is Fake Flash Memory So Dangerous?

Please avoid being scammed with Fake Corsair flash drives. Avoid the temptation to import them from Chinese wholesaling sites. Did you know if you sell these flash drives on eBay your buyers do not have to return them to you for a refund?

PayPal Refunds – Counterfeit Items Policy Change Nov 01 2010. What Does This Mean For Fake Flash Memory? MP Players, USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards? Hacked Memory Awareness Growing.

Yes the rules have changed. It is also very difficult for you to get your investiment back from internet wholesalers, especially if you chose not to fund with a credit card. If you were wise enough to use a credit card, you might have the possibility to contact Corsair and ask them to provide you with supporting documentation. The fact is, no Flash Voyager usb flash drive exists above 32GB. Any credit card company can find this out by reviewing the information for the Flash Voyager usb drive at Corsair websites.

Avoid trouble, don’t buy these fakes and save your seller reputation.

What do 256GB Flash Voyager counterfeits look like?

CorsairFlashVoyager256GB-1

CorsairFlashVoyager256GB-2

Additional Reading:

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

If you want to review all the counterfeits found on eBay you can visit three sites. Just type in the word Kingston in the search box to see what is currently documented:

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Counterfeit Corsair Flash Voyager 128GB 128 Fake USB Flash Drive – Pictures And Packaging

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 5, 2011

Beware Of Corsair Flash Voyager Usb flash drives advertised at 128GB with this packaging and drive markings. They are counterfeits, fake! Corsair did not produce them in the size advertised. Sold mainly on wholesaler internet sites in China, Hong Kong. You can find them on other internet sites too. In some cases, listings will advertise them as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This is a polite term for false capacity. The 128 GB Flash Voyager Corsair fake is very popular on eBay.

Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive in the packaging shown, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive! The Flash Voyager was made in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacity. If you see any advertising for 64GB, 128GB or 256GB you will buy a fake.

This story provides a lot of detail on the counterfeit flash voyager usb memory problem:

Fake 128GB Corsair Flash Drive Counterfeit Voyager Pen Sticks Continue To Be Sold On eBay.

Do not be fooled by term “OEM”. Do not assume counterfeit or fake means the usb flash drives are only knock offs of the Corsair brand name – harmless in your pursuit of profit. These usb flash drives will not contain the advertised capacity of flash memory.

If you list these flash drives on eBay, there is a strong possibility a warning will be issued on the internet by the WatchDog site for flash memory. If your buyers report you, you will be recorded at SOSFakeFlash.

On eBay, the problem of fake memory usb flash drives being sold there remains a very serious problem:

Crises on Ebay For Fake Flash Memory Products Sold In 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB – SOSFakeFlash Reports

Inspectors continue to examine eBay listings for fake flash voyager usb flash drives, in the interest of protecting consumers.

To understand read Why Is Fake Flash Memory So Dangerous?

Please avoid being scammed with Fake Corsair flash drives. Avoid the temptation to import them from Chinese wholesaling sites. Did you know if you sell these flash drives on eBay your buyers do not have to return them to you for a refund?

PayPal Refunds – Counterfeit Items Policy Change Nov 01 2010. What Does This Mean For Fake Flash Memory? MP Players, USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards? Hacked Memory Awareness Growing.

Yes the rules have changed. It is also very difficult for you to get your investment back from internet wholesalers, especially if you chose not to fund with a credit card. If you were wise enough to use a credit card, you might have the possibility to contact Corsair and ask them to provide you with supporting documentation. The fact is, no Flash Voyager usb flash drive exists above 32GB. Any credit card company can find this out by reviewing the information for the Flash Voyager usb drive at Corsair websites.

Avoid trouble, don’t buy these fakes and save your seller reputation.

What do 128GB Flash Voyager counterfeits look like?

FlashVoyager128GB-1

FlashVoyager128GB-2

FlashVoyager128GB-3

Additional Reading:

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

If you want to review all the counterfeits found on eBay you can visit three sites. Just type in the word Kingston in the search box to see what is currently documented:

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Counterfeit Corsair Flash Voyager 64GB 64 Fake USB Flash Drive – Pictures And Packaging

Posted by flashchiptutor on July 4, 2011

Beware Of Corsair Flash Voyager Usb flash drives advertised at 64GB with this packaging and drive markings. They are counterfeits, fake! Corsair did not produce them in the size advertised. Sold mainly on wholesaler internet sites in China, Hong Kong. You can find them on other internet sites too. In some cases, listings will advertise them as “upgraded” – there is no such thing. This is a polite term for false capacity.

Avoid being frauded or scammed. Do not buy this usb flash drive in the packaging shown, you risk data loss. Do not sell this usb flash drive! The Flash Voyager was made in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacity. If you see any advertising for 64GB, 128GB or 256GB you will buy a fake.

This story provides a lot of detail on the counterfeit flash voyager usb memory problem:

Fake 128GB Corsair Flash Drive Counterfeit Voyager Pen Sticks Continue To Be Sold On eBay.

Do not be fooled by term “OEM”. Do not assume counterfeit or fake means the usb flash drives are only knock offs of the Corsair brand name – harmless in your pursuit of profit. These usb flash drives will not contain the advertised capacity of flash memory.

If you list these flash drives on eBay, there is a strong possibility a warning will be issued on the internet by the WatchDog site for flash memory. If your buyers report you, you will be recorded at SOSFakeFlash.

On eBay, the problem of fake memory usb flash drives being sold there remains a very serious problem:

Crises on Ebay For Fake Flash Memory Products Sold In 32GB 64GB 128GB 256GB – SOSFakeFlash Reports

Inspectors continue to examine eBay listings for fake flash voyager usb flash drives, in the interest of protecting consumers.

To understand read Why Is Fake Flash Memory So Dangerous?

Please avoid being scammed with Fake Corsair flash drives. Avoid the temptation to import them from Chinese wholesaling sites. Did you know if you sell these flash drives on eBay your buyers do not have to return them to you for a refund?

PayPal Refunds – Counterfeit Items Policy Change Nov 01 2010. What Does This Mean For Fake Flash Memory? MP Players, USB Flash Drives, Memory Cards? Hacked Memory Awareness Growing.

Yes the rules have changed. It is also very difficult for you to get your investment back from internet wholesalers, especially if you chose not to fund with a credit card. If you were wise enough to use a credit card, you might have the possibility to contact Corsair and ask them to provide you with supporting documentation. The fact is, no Flash Voyager usb flash drive exists above 32GB. Any credit card company can find this out by reviewing the information for the Flash Voyager usb drive at Corsair websites.

Avoid trouble, don’t buy these fakes and save your seller reputation.

What do 64GB Flash Voyager counterfeits look like?

FlashVoyager64GB-1

FlashVoyager64GB-2

 

FlashVoyager64GB-3

FlashVoyager64GB-4

Notice the usb flash drive could be positioned horizontally or vertically. Also the poor marking for the GB size. Many fake Flash Voyager usb drives just have a sticker covering the original size. Size overwrite is common for fakes.

Additional Reading:

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

If you want to review all the counterfeits found on eBay you can visit three sites. Just type in the word Kingston in the search box to see what is currently documented:

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