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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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Fake 256GB 256 DT200 Kingston Counterfeit USB Flash Drive. Highest Capacity For DT200 Is 128 GB! eBay # 1 Source For Fake DT200. OEM DT200 Is Fraud From China. Upgraded Flash Memory USB Flash Drives Is A Scam – Not possible.

Posted by flashchiptutor on August 15, 2010

A DT200 256GB DataTraveler usb flash drive does not exist. Kingston never made one. There is no such thing as OEM Kingston DataTraveler flash memory usb pen sticks or thumb drives. Any internet site that advertises DT200 256 GB flash drives is engaging in fraud. This includes eBay, or an wholesaler site in Hong Kong, China or elsewhere.

Kingston Technologies DT200

The DT200 highest true capacity is 128GB as stated by Kingston Technologies at their website.

Fake DT200 256 flash drives are offered in many different colours: Pink, Yellow, Blue and Grey.

eBay seller, kennykcheng demonstrates ignorance by listing DT200 Data Traveler usb flash drives at an advertised capacity of 256 GB for only $125 US.

kennykcheng Ignorance DT200 256 GB

eBay consumers trust in eBay and their ratings of sellers. FakeFlashNews and SOSFakeFlash frequently expose how misleading seller rating can be on eBay. It gives buyers a false sense of confidence.

kennykcheng eBay Top Rating

There is no such thing as a DT200/256 GB DataTraveler usb flash drive. Kingston never made one.

Many internet wholesaling sites in China and Hong Kong will tell you it is an OEM version, if you challenge them about no information being available at a Kingston website. There is no such thing. OEM is a term usually used for software products, not for flash memory.

Others will tell you it is “upgraded memory”. You can not upgrade the memory capacity of flash nand memory chips any more than you can upgrade the existing capacity of your fixed hard disk. In the early days of computers there was some tricky formatting to stretch the capacity of hard disks. It was a dare devil practice and everyone knew you better not fill it up to the last byte, because if you did, your hard disk and all of it’s contents would be toast!

Flash memory storage is very different. There is absolutely no way to stretch capacity. You can alter it’s reported capacity by using the right software programmes to digitally alter information on the usb flash memory controller chip. It tricks operating systems into believing the capacity is much higher then it really is. Operating systems, trust the information in the usb controller chip. They have too. If they didn’t and performed a full scan, you would wait a very long time, even hours before you could use your usb flash drive. If you have an older computer, you would lock up and wait forever. So in the spirit of “plug and play” operating systems rely on the information the usb flash drive controller chip reports. If the physical storage chip for the data is only 4GB, there is no way it can be upgraded to hold more!

All FrankenFlash project sites recommend that you test your usb flash drive before using it to store information. The most accurate program is H2testw. Depending on the reported size of your usb flash drive and the speed of your computer it can take a long time to run because it validates the reported size. To know why it is it the best software you should read

H2testw 1.4 – Gold Standard In Detecting USB Counterfeit Drives

to learn why. You will find links to download the software. It is free too.

If you see any Kingston 256GB DataTraveler 200 with this packaging – you are guaranteed to buy a fake, a counterfeit Kingston Technologies Product. Watch out!

DT200 256GB Counterfeits Multi Colours

You will find them available everywhere. Kingston counterfeiting of DataTraveler usb flash drives is big business.

Kingston according to sources we will not name, has severe security problems. Part of the problem is that they sub contract the manufacturing of their usb flash drives. In the Orient, especially in China, there are very few procedures and security guidelines to ensure that brand name products manufactured there can not be copied or counterfeited. In trying to deliver low prices to consumers, Kingston Technologies appears to have compromised itself. This is the opinion formed by people monitoring the Kingston counterfeiting flash memory problem.

There was a time when Kingston counterfeits were very crude and easy to spot. This is no longer true. Because Kingston Technologies is highly respected as a brand name and for quality, it is the first choice for counterfeiters of flash memory. A lot of money can be earned, and the profits high. The issue is not one of “looking like a real one”, it is the fact that these counterfeits do not deliver the advertised capacity. This means that people will lose their data and their files as soon as they exceed the real capacity of the flash storage chip.

SOSFakeFlash and FakeMemorySentinel report that consumers rush to buy DT200 Kingston fakes. Both groups say they can not keep up with the number of sellers who offer them. On eBay DT200 fakes are very common, in fact almost all are fakes. FakeFlashNews is keeping track of them and also tries to provide consumers with current information on pricing for genuine DT200 usb flash drives.

It’s hard to say if kennykcheng on eBay is aware he is selling fakes or simply just another eBay seller ignorant about the products he is selling. kennykcheng and many other eBay sellers do a lot of harm to buyers by listing Kingston fakes.

Sites in the FrankenFlash project are busy documenting sellers who sell DT200 fakes. They are issuing a lot of internet alerts. Recently both SOSFakeFlash and FakeMemorySentinel report that eBay is cracking down on sellers, who sell counterfeit Kingston Technologies products. If an eBay seller is caught by the FrankenFlash project, an alert is issued. It stays forever as a record on the internet.

How many people have been frauded with DT200 fakes and counterfeits? Nobody really knows the full magnitude. On eBay a lot of fraudulent sellers use multiple item listings. Some sell as many as 2000 DT200 fake usb flash drives before they are suspended. In some cases 128 GB DT200 fakes are sold as low as $20 US.

There is only one solution for buyers and sellers. Both need to test any DT200 usb flash drive sporting the Kingston brand with H2testw. No one should ever use a DT200 usb flash drive, before testing it with H2testw. Failure to do so, can lead to data loss. With so many Kingston DT200 fakes out there, it is the only smart thing to do.

Additional Information and Reading:

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.

Kingston DataTraveler 310 DT310/256GB Fake USB Flash Drives Flooding eBay! Fraud Warning.

Kingston DT310/256 Counterfeits Sold On eBay!

256GB Kingston DataTraveler Leather USB 2.0 256 GB – The Most Famous Counterfeit Fake Sold

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

Falso DT200 256 GB drakomoda eBay Flash Memory Seller España Spain – Test Immediately!

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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Counterfeit DT200/32GB Kingston DataTraveler Fake USB Flash Drive – Black Yellow

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 10, 2010

Beware Kingston DataTraveler model DT200 advertised as 32GB with this packaging and drive markings of 32GB in colour code of black and yellow is a counterfeit – fake! Kingston did not produce them, in the size advertised with the colour coding stated. 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!

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Counterfeit DT200/16GB Kingston DataTraveler Fake USB Flash Drive

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 10, 2010

Beware Kingston DataTraveler model DT200 advertised as 16GB with this packaging and drive markings of 16GB is a counterfeit – fake! Kingston did not produce them, in the size advertised with the colour coding stated. 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!

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Counterfeit DT200/8GB Kingston DataTraveler Fake USB Flash Drive.

Posted by flashchiptutor on March 10, 2010

Beware Kingston DataTraveler model DT200 advertised as 8GB with this packaging and drive markings of 8GB is a counterfeit – fake! Kingston did not produce them, in the size advertised with the colour coding stated. 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!

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