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A PSA on cheap usb flash drives

Hey there,

 

Just sharing something that I encountered yesterday...

 

My mother brought home an unmarked 32GB USB flash drive from work (not hers)... I opened up the drive in Linux and I see the files fine, etc. The drive was apparently 'Write Protected', so I went ahead and tried to take the files off for reformatting... As the files were transferring, there were a lot of I/O errors that popped up... I became suspicious then... It's either a loop-write firmware (like what they did on the fake eHDDs) or factory rejects that got into the hands of someone else... I was also unable to format the drive without encountering errors...

The owner apparently got the drive for ~300PhP (approx 6USD) from a sidewalk vendor...

 

I also have this 8GB Kingston DT101 (that's what the device told me) whose R/W speeds are less than acceptable... Same source, but I didn't buy it myself...

 

tl;dr Don't get cheap drives from dubious sources... You might get low quality, outright defective, or fake stuff...

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Yes, same here in China... Some drives are the real thing, but they have been sorted out because of some defect like a slightly damaged housing. Those are still perfectly fine. But you often find these "500GB" flash drives, that are just some shitty 1GB in disguise... That is why I only buy flash drives in proper stores.

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Why would anyone be stupid enough to buy a USB from a street vendor...

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Why would anyone be stupid enough to buy a USB from a street vendor...

 

It's cheap.

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It's cheap.

"Viruses are free!"

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"Viruses are free!"

 

I've also run into those... Hahahaha... Get your cheap 8GB underperforming factory reject that comes preloaded with the latest malware for only 3USD!

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You have to be special kind of stupid to buy 32GB+ for just a few bucks.

That shit is always fake. Maybe 2-4GB real capacity and then hacked to whatever chinese fella think it would sell.

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