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The High-Capacity USB Flash Drive Scam Takes Advantage of Consumers

- November 15, 2016

USB flash drive If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Such is the case with the high-capacity USB flash drive. Fake one terabyte USB flash drives are being sold at lazada.com.ph at dirt-cheap prices. I’ve seen them at other places but I can’t tell you where because I don’t remember.

It’s a scam designed to rip-off the unwary or unknowledgeable consumer. A real one-terabyte USB flash drive will cost hundreds of dollars, not less than one hundred.

The Fake High-Capacity USB Flash Drive

I don’t know who’s making the fake high-capacity USB flash drives, but I suspect it’s some company in China. Whoever’s doing it, they’re manipulating device and partition headers to pull it off.

If you buy one of these fake drives, it will work fine at first. When you go above the real capacity, the drive will corrupt every file from then on.

The Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator one terabyte USB 3.0 flash drive sells for over 900 United States dollars, well out of my price league. I’m sure, when they’re available, flash drives from SanDisk, PNY, Samsung, Toshiba and Western Digital will be around the same price.

Wait for the Prices to Go Down

When it comes to removable storage, the prices on lower capacities always go down when higher capacities come out. When I can get one terabyte or more in a USB flash drive for under a hundred dollars, I’ll buy one.

The largest hard drive (HDD) I have in my house is 750 gigabytes and I’ve had it for a few years. The largest solid-state drive (SSD) I have is 120 gigabytes and I’ve only had it a few months. Getting a couple of one terabyte drives will mean I can start discarding HDDs and SSDs I only use for storage.

If you don’t have a computer with the new USB-C ports, you may want to invest in one or more USB to USB-C adapters before investing in any ultra high-capacity USB flash drive. I’m talking beyond one terabyte. They’ll probably be made for USB 3.0 ports that aren’t USB-C, but I imagine they’ll be phased out sooner than later.

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