WHY THIS FRAUD
IS SO CLEVER
OK, maybe it's not so clever, but I gave positive feedback before I
noticed anything wrong, and I'm looking for a
FALSELY REPORT THE
The drive falsely reports
its size if you ask for PROPERTIES by right-clicking on its drive
letter in a window such
as MY COMPUTER. Ditto if you ask for FORMAT (below).
(left) Drive right-click
PROPERTIES and (right) drive right-click FORMAT report false
clever is the ability to fake writing to memory that is not there.
FALSELY CREATES DIRECTORIES OF FILES THAT ARE NOT THERE
See, it copies 8 GB of songs until it is full.
You'd give them positive feedback,
wouldn't you? See, here are all the files. Or at
least here are their names in the folder's directory.
Above we are looking at some classic jazz tracks on the hard drive
(left panel of the screenshot above) which have been copied to the
fraudulent thumb drive on the right. The list of files in the
places match--the names and file sizes are listed correctly.
But we are using a powerful comparison utility.
utility is BeyondCompare
and I can't say enough good things about this shareware program gem.
So let's turn on
some of that power.
Here are those same classic jazz tracks copied from hard drive (left)
to fraudulent thumb drive (right). We have asked the
BeyondCompare utility to compare the files and not just their names.
A CRC (Cyclic
checksum is calculated for each file, for the original on the hard
drive and for the copy on the thumb drive. None of the files
match (red; "not equal" symbol in middle).
The files are missing completely, or have small
corrupted fragments of data (music) in them. They don't
and the garbage continues from "A" for Art Tatum through "B" for Benny
Goodman that we saw being (seemingly) successfully copied in the COPYING. . .
Because I had already put about about 3.5GB on
it, practically nothing from this additional folder copied
successfully. Thus, the actual capacity of the thumb
drive is actually a bit under 4
To reproduce this result, copy more than about 3.5 GB of data onto the
drive. Any files you add after that will look like they are
copying, and will generate nice matched directories (the black ones),
but the data are not there (red).
CREATES BOGUS FILE NAMES
To look like a full 8 GB drive, the files in the directories must
always add up to 8GB. The fraudulent firmware sometimes does
some creative accounting to get the totals to come out right:
Above, one of the music tracks on my hard drive (left) has been copied
multiple times by the fraudulently modified firmware of the thumb drive
to create enough files in the directory (right) to add up to
That's why the PROPERTIES photo (above, first one) looks
correct -- 8GB, all accounted for.
But this directory is a fantasy -- that music is not stored anywhere,
and no operating system would permit even two files of the same name to
occupy any folder's directory. The operating system (Windows, whatever)
was kept in the dark here, while the thumb drive corrupted
its directories all by itself.
The fraudulent firmware seeks to maintain a fictional
directory of non-existent files whose declared lengths add up
Sometimes strange 1-character file names of strange lengths are
created. The characters can be non-alphanumeric.
WHERE DO WE GET THE SPACE
TO MAINTAIN THE DIRECTORY?
The user thinks he is adding data to a drive that ran out of physical
memory gigabytes ago. The user infers
all is well because COPY runs and the DIRECTORY builds up.
But even just a directory needs storage
space. Where will the fraudulent firmware turn to get this
space if the drive is actually full at just under 4GB and now the user
now wants to add a thousand or two additional files to fill
remaining 4GB? The answer is a disturbing one.
Above we have an alphabetized list of pop music tracks copied from the
hard drive (left) to the thumb drive (right). These were the
first data copied to the drive and all tracks were good (listed in
black even after a CRC check). About 3.6GB of capacity was
used. Then I
took the drive up to 8GB. Now, the files on the thumb drive
no longer match the originals (above, red, "unequals" sign in the
middle) and they won't play.
The logical conclusion is that the firmware on the thumb
drive took space from previously written data areas -- killed the music
left the directory list intact -- in order have storage space in which
to create a larger directory.
So that is the disturbing thing here -- in order to maintain the
fiction of an 8GB drive, the firmware reaches into the first 4 GB of
storage that actually are
present, and destroys data stored there, in order to maintain a
fictional directory stretching out to 8 GB.
The supplier would do the world a favor to just sell 4GB
I have a pair of these 8GB
SAMSUNG drives from Hong Kong -- they
each behave the same way on two different computers, so we are talking fraudulently modified firmware
here, not a defect or random fluke.
"8GB USB Flash
Drive w/ SAMSUNG Memory" is an altered 4GB drive.
Maybe you can still use it. I am selling mine in
The drive accepts input files & builds a
directory until the directory list indicates 8GB is stored -- no sign
of trouble when
adding files. Later, pick a file copied
after true capacity was reached & nothing or only a
corrupted fragment is there.
The drive fraudulently reports 8GB size to FORMAT
Corrupted 1-character file names may be created. One or two
your file names may be repeated 100s of times until fake capacity limit
Because it is programmed to create corrupted directories &
bogus file names, it is dangerous to rely on this drive -- go
past the true limit, & you are in Wonderland.
Please help -- I gave positive feedback &
there's nothing I can do.
eBay blocks fraud complaints until 30 days after your
auction. After horse is stolen, you can find the
barn door at http://crs.ebay.com/aw-cgi/ebayisapi.dll?crsstartpage
You have to go through
thinking you can report fraud on eBay before
you get the above screen telling you that you can't, so just mark your
calendar now if you buy my drive and realize later that you were
deceived. The many screens:
- Start screen http://crs.ebay.com/aw-cgi/ebayisapi.dll?crsstartpage
- entry question
- complaint reporting notice -- 411 words defining
- conditions that make you ineligible
- your non-coverage
- log-in with user name and password
- notice of non-support for any claims or reimbursement
- verification of personal contact info, item number of
- the failure notice above after 6 prior screens
words of eligibility and coverage requirements that now informs you
that, oops, we require the fraud to run for 30 days
will let you use this fraud-reporting facility.
Please make a note of that fraud-reporting link, http://crs.ebay.com/aw-cgi/ebayisapi.dll?crsstartpage
to complain about my drive. Ebay's own search
does not find many pages for customer input to the company,
if you search Google for fraud
reporting on eBay,
you can find eBay's own customer input
page. Oddly enough, searching eBay's own HELP for reporting fraud
does not find this page. 24 hits, 24 misses.
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