Do not purchase 2TB USB memory sticks!

Hello dear readers!


The truth about 2TB USB Flash Drives Memory Sticks.

A major scam is being spread across online stores. Please read and share so that you and your friends do no fall into the trap!

While I was browsing websites like Wish, AliExpress and eBay, I began to notice lots of cheap USB memory sticks which promised 2TB of file storage. That’s right, a two terabytes USB memory stick at the price of couple of beers.

Chinese hackers are selling these spoofed 2TB USB flash drives all over the world but in reality these USB sticks are just a couple of gigabytes large.

How does Windows recognize that the memory stick has 2TB of available storage?
Fake 2TB USB Flash Drive

Hackers have found a way to change a log file which makes the flash drive think that it has more memory than it actually does. When you right click and go to properties, Windows will display that the actual device has 2TB, or 1.9TB in the case shown above. However this is just a cheap trick because when you actually start copying data which exceeds it’s actual memory, (which in most cases is 8GB or 16GB) old data will be deleted which is replaced by the new added data. The fake 2TB USB flash drive I’ve ordered and tested was able to store 12.5 gigabytes of data with no issues, however when I have tried to copy another 7.65 gigabytes video file, boom!

An unexpected error is keeping you from copying the file. If you continue to receive this error, you can use the error code to search for help with this problem.
Error0x80071AC3: The operation could not be completed because the volume is dirty. Please run chkdisk and try again.

I came to the conclusion that this USB memory stick’s real memory is approximately 16GB.

It is almost impossible for the average user to detect that this is a fraud piece of hardware because the flash drive works fine until you put it to the test and fill it’s entire memory.

How to protect yourself from this scam.

There are tons of USB flash drive models which promise 2TB of memory and so many sellers that it is overwhelming. Here are a few rules you can follow in order to avoid getting ripped off a few bucks:

1 Purchase a flash drive that has a brand name on it. Most brands are reliable in terms of storage while drives that have no brand on it aren’t. A few examples of reliable brands: SanDisk, Samsung, Corsair, Sony, Kingston, Transcend, Toshiba, A-Data, Verbatin and many more.

2 Do your research and see product reviews. This rule can be applied when buying almost anything that may raise some question marks. A quick search on Google can certainly save  you time and effort but more important, money which you would otherwise waste on fake products.

3 Spread  the word. Others will appreciate if you let them know about these types of scams. Use social media to spread the word so that people do not fall into the trap.

What can you do if the seller refuses to give you a refund?

Report the seller who does not agree to give you a refund. If you are from the U.S. you can also report the sellers business to (The Better Business Bureau).

Thank you for reading this article. If you found this article helpful and informative, I kindly invite you to share it on social media so that your friends or family members become aware of such scams.

George Cristea-Matei

Following different paths towards the road to self-discovery. Always hungry for knowledge and horizon expansion. Tech enthusiast & part-time trader on @eToro .

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