Did You Manage to Reprogramme a Fake Flash Drive Bought on eBay?
Posted by KittyFireFlash on October 23, 2008
Are you a person who bought a fake flash drive on eBay and were able to find a way to programme it? Make it return to it’s real capacity size? If you have successfully managed to de-FrankenFlash a counterfeit drive on eBay, we want to hear from you! Why?
You have no idea how often we are asked at SOSFakeFlash if there is a way to return a counterfeit drive back to it’s real size!
The problem is…how! There is not one method that will do the job. There are a few programs that are pretty good, but in restoring the drive (when possible) they overwrite information that change the drive from a dynamic plug and play into a static drive. Or programs like Acronis Disk Director or Partition Magic will refuse to see it once it has been been restored.
So the only true way appears to identify the controller chip of the drive and then the flash drive chip. Depending on the controller, a different program has to be used to do a low level format to fix things. Usually the only way to identify the controller is to take the drive apart. Some fake drives can be taken apart easily, some not. In some cases the flash drive is secured with a jelly epoxy and so wiggles about after the taking apart.
Sadly there is no magic solution. One solution for all drives.
We would like to hear from anybody who has been able to return a drive back to it’s original size. We will publish your receipy.
To ensure safety for those who might like to follow your steps, and info to the download software you used, please review our mug shot report. We will need the following from you:
- eBay Item number of the drive you bought
- eBay Seller id
- Any information you have on the controller the drive has
- Any information on the flash drive (chip,real size)
- Steps you used to fix it.
- The software you used and any links you have to it.
please sent your receipy to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will try to examine the ebay item listing, and then write up a post for everyone on what they need to do. You can also chose a nom de plume, that is the name you would like to be called on this site. We don’t use our real names and we discourage disclosure of our ebay id’s too. Privacy is important at SOSFakeFlash and we respect this.
Figuring out how to fix a drive is not easy. I am kittyfireflash and it was not easy for me to fix some of the fakes I got. I killed a lot of them in my rescue attempts and as I probed for solutions. This is why I know there is no one recipey for all fakes. I experimented to find one for everybody and learned the hard way there isn’t one. I did successfully repair the classic fake. But that was a long time ago.
We already have one person submitting a solution and hope to publish it soon for a drive. We would like to post by seller and the drive model listed. This would be a fabulous way to help fellow eBayers who would settle for the true size of the drive.
Frankly SOSFakeFlash is against trying to restore a drive as it is risky. It should only be done if the seller refuses to refund or has settled and a person wants to be adventurous.
If you found a solution for a fake flash drive, please share with your fellow eBayers
Update 20091023: Please consult the new FAQ at FixFakeFlash Inspectortech for important information on repairing fake flash memory items before you attempt to repair.