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Repairing Counterfeit Flash Drives

Posted by KittyFireFlash on October 25, 2008

SOSFakeFlash has been asked by many victims of fake flash drive purchases – how to restore to the original true capacity? Electrostorm has provided excellent information to the tools you would need to deprogramme FrankenFlash.

See Repairing Counterfeit Fake MP Players For MP Players.

Mentioned previously (see: Did You Manage to Reprogramme a Fake Flash Drive Bought on eBay?), to repair a drive you need to know about the controller and the flash chips. To do this you need software that will provide this information. Once you have it, you need to find the right software to reflash the chip and perform the low level formatting of the drive. We are providing the links and steps submitted by Electrostorm. Understand that this could repair a fake – but not in all cases. You could lose the drive in attempting to repair – especially if you chose the wrong tool. Not all drives can be rescued and returned to their real capacity – but many have been.

electrostorm Says:
October 25, 2008 at 4:31

To restore most fake capacity USB flash memory devices.

Step 1:

Download chipgenius, this program will automatically detect an inserted flash drive and read out the 4 digit VID code and 4 digit PID code.

http://www.mydigit.cn/mytool/ChipGenius.rar

If you don’t have a software that can unzip the “rar” format, please get the software 7-zip from:

http://www.7-zip.org/

Step 2:

Go to the iFlash website and search for a matching VID and PID, download the corresponding software from the site.

http://www.flashboot.ru/index.php?name=iflash

Translated to English (recommended)

In most cases I have been able to use the software provided to reflash the controller chip and do a low level format and restore correct capacity.

Once you have repaired the drive using the steps and software above – you need to format the drive in your operating system. After operating system formatting you should once again test the capacity of the drive to ensure that you have truly succeeded. Use the tool H2testw 1.4 once more again. If you are able to write, read and verify without errors – you now have a flash drive you can store data on. It may be a lot smaller but the capacity will be real.

If you chose to try and repair your drive using the information presented here, please return and leave your feedback indicating your success or failure in returning a drive back to it’s original capacity.

Update 20091023: Please consult the new FAQ at FixFakeFlash Inspectortech for important information on repairing fake flash memory items before you attempt to repair.

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275 Responses to “Repairing Counterfeit Flash Drives”

  1. zmint said

    Web link for
    HUC2168 MPTool V20080522B.rar : http://bbs.mydigit.cn/read.php?tid=60028&page=e
    HUC2168 MPTool V20080909.rar :- http://bbs.mydigit.cn/read.php?tid=55097

    Thanks

  2. zmint said

    I can upload these tools (I have ) for your reference
    a) HUC2168 MPTool V20080522B.rar
    b) HUC2168 MPTool V20080909.rar

    But Where do I Upload
    Instruction Please….

  3. InspectorTech said

    To zmint,

    We don’t store program files on the SOSFakeFlash site – Not at this point. Is it possible for you to upload to the http://www.flashboot.ru and if necessary use google translation. It would be very nice for them to have for their collection to share with everyone.

    The other good site to upload them to is at:

    http://www.4shared.com

    like Carlton did for the alcor tools.

    If you could upload to those two sites it would be a great help to everyone. We could then work on a fix receipy for everyone. Carlton is astonished at the number of people who come to download. Not just people reaching our sites. There is a real demand for flash tool software to fix fakes. You have just found two new rare ones.

  4. Paul said

    Zmint how did you manage to log onto the site to get the downloads as it all very confusing when you cant understand the language!

    HUC2168 MPTool V20080522B.rar : http://bbs.mydigit.cn/read.php?tid=60028&page=e
    HUC2168 MPTool V20080909.rar :- http://bbs.mydigit.cn/read.php?tid=55097

    Thanks

  5. zmint said

    As per your Instructions I have upload the tool HUC2168 MPTool V20080909.rar
    http://www.4shared.com/file/80730174/9154eb41/HUC2168_MPTool_V20080909.html
    Please download it and instruct me
    1) Either to re-flash my drive to its fake state 32 GB (showed & formated well)
    2) Or to its ACTUAL CAPACITY (Which is for shore >= 1 GB)
    The Program detected my drive but it only formated it to 512 (It works) but I know for shore its capacity is more.
    Something is to be done with setting section I think.
    Thanks…

  6. zmint said

    If any body needs any software from Chines website please feel free to request me (I got a account there)

  7. Tracy said

    Hi,

    I used Chip Genius and found the following information about my flash drive which doesn’t work:

    Device Name: +[E:]+USB Mass Storage Device(Generic USB Flash Disk USB Device)

    PnP Device ID: VID = 058F PID = 1234
    Serial Number: 5&&1153F663&&0&&1
    Revision: 7.76

    Device Type: Standard USB device – USB2.0 High-Speed

    Chip Vendor: Alcor(??)
    Chip Part-Number: AU6981~AU6983

    Product Vendor: Generic
    Product Model: USB Flash Disk

    after finding this info, i tried looking it up on the other site you directed us to, but i couldn’t find one that actually matched it!
    i found 2 usbs with the same PID number but they didn’t have the same VID number…which really confused me.
    Also, i couldn’t actually see where we could download the relevant software!

    I would really appreciate your help!
    Thanks!

  8. InspectorTech said

    To Tracy

    See http://fixfakeflash.wordpress.com/2009/01/10/au6983-vid-0000-pid-7777-repair-fake-flash-drive-solution/#more-72

    at the bottom you will find the tool you need to download. It works on the whole series range.

    The tip off comes from Chip Part-Number: AU6981~AU6983

    Exact matches for VID and PID are hard. Fake Flash sellers often mess around with the exact identifications. Surprised?

    The chip part number is actually the most useful information. Give it a try and report back with your results. Make sure to review the article that always comes with each solution before trying out the tool. You can also use the visual guide for another flashing tool to see how to drive the software. It is in the right column of most popular posts at this site.

  9. InspectorTech said

    To Zmint

    Thank for your efforts. It has been a serious struggle to try and fix the drive. I had to wait for a long time to find a tool that could fix mine. When I finally found a tool, it turned out that the drives ranged from 800MB fixed to 1.9 GB fixed.

    There are many reasons for this. Bad sector lock out and also unfortunately my attempts to use other tools experimenting. The flash chips do not like this. They had same casing, same controller but different flash chips. I think they just grabbed whatever they could find. Only one of the flash drive chips decoded did I find on the internet. It was an experimental toshiba chip with unusual geometry, whatever that is supposed to mean – to me an idea they tossed out.

    To end up with a 512MB drive after all that work is not funny. But it is a brand name. There have been a lot of brand names fakes using the Sony and Kingston name that end up being tiny. Yes 512MB.

    One person bought a Sony Micro Vault at 64GB that was really only 512MB – he holds the record for the biggest tiny fake. It was never a genuine Sony drive to begin with – didn’t even look like anything they ever sold.

    In the Kingston arena things are a bit different. Who wants a 512MB flash drive anymore? Plenty of chips lying around. Kingston has also changed it’s design – so lot’s of generic casing is floating about with the Old Kingston DataTraveller Shape. Not surprised. Somebody decided to make money from things now obsolete and very very cheap.

    Can you remember the test results from H2testw 1.4 before you started to use software to try and fix it?

    Did it report a larger good size? Or was it also 512MB?

    That can tell you if the reflashing experiments decreased the drive size or if you actually got what the program H2testw 1.4 reported originally as good.

  10. zmint said

    Thanks for all your efforts to HELP me

    What exactly I want to know now is that can anybody shed some lite on little technical jargon of these Re-Flashing Programs. What exactly the terms like these mean :

    1. Flash Type/setup. (because the names already there seems strange)
    2. Flash Count (single/double channel)
    3. Format type (low/high, level 1 , level 2 etc.)
    4. Fixed Volume
    5. Reserved Blocks
    6. ECC Open
    7. Odd / Even Page Bad
    8. Block Bode

    I just want HUC2168 MPTool V20080909 to tell my PEN DRIVE that
    IT HAS A 32 GB CHIP INSIDE AND DON’T TRY TO CHECK ITS ACTUAL CAPACITY.

    The Point is that, if the people who make these drive can use program to make them work why can’t we re-flash them to the same fake state with proper software on hand.

    For reference purpose I am sure my drive is more than 512 mb cause I successfully copied and retried more that 3 gb data.

    The catch lies some where with the flash type which is automatically detected but can also be set to manual but don’t know which (from the drop down list already there)

    With your hep I will definitely succeed.

    Thanks

  11. Tracy said

    Thank you for your help!! I really appreciate it!

    The link i was sent to let me download a program that fixed the USB, so instead of having a USB that didn’t work at all… i now have 2GB USB!!!!!

    Once again, Thanks!

  12. Jay said

    Hi Inspector Tech,

    I am waiting for your kind reply for my 26th December 2008 post.

    Jay

  13. Joshva said

    hello I got a 32 gb Kingston fake pen drive. I used the tool AlcorMP(081010. I detected 4096 bad sectors. I don’t know what to do after that. Please help me out. Atleast to recover to some memory atleast

  14. InspectorTech said

    To Everyone-> We are doing our best.

    At the moment it is wild. Like the televisions series M.A.S.H.

    Helicopter after helicopter is arriving. Filled with fake flash victims from eBay. The tidal wave SOSFakeFlash warned about. Who do we treat first? The eBay victim or the flash device?

    Guesstimate based on sales avgs looks about 100,000 maybe more in November to December. Nobody has time to compute. Helping people to test, get refunds and bring down fake flash sellers is the team is concentrating on. Alerts too.

    So we need people to share and contribute with each other here – I am being pulled to help with other things. Anyway back to the lastest comments…

    Replies to: Joshva, zmint

    To Joshva

    You don’t mention why you chose that particular tool – was it based on the vid and pid you found? What found the bad sectors? H2testw 1.4 after reflashing? Or the reflashing tool? On occasion H2testw 1.4 will find bad sectors after reflashing. It means one of two things:

    Very bad chip
    wrong tool (didn’t understand the flash chip properly).

    If you can without damaging the drive. Take it apart, carefully. Check the little square controller chip, write down the information, check the long square black chip, write down the information. See if the info you had for controller was correct or not. If wrong, search for the correct controller fix fake flash, if not there at the russian site for a tool that is close. Go by controller instead of vid and pid. Otherwise, try reflashing again and if there is an option use the slowest most complete level for low level formating (if the controller agrees with the program you used, ie correct). Then rerun H2testw 1.4.

    To zmint

    You raised some very interesting things. We are now getting deep into the technology. That requires a lot of research very much in the engineering department. Many manufactures put out pdf’s etc explaining at a high level. I have always been interested in this but no time to experiment. I would need several sacks of fake flash drives to practise on. If you chose the wrong information – you will destroy the chips. The more you reflash a drive, the more it is likely to shrink in size! That is why research before reflashing is advised. flash chips don’t like it, it is normally only done once before leaving the factory. And people need to remember, fake flash drives do not normally have the high grade chips, they get the low grade chips so what matters most to people trying to rescue their fake flash is to get a safe usuable drive.

    For everyone do not mess with the ECC Open. No not open. You would need a lot of info you don’t have. If you do this, you can lose your drive. I lost 5 with my curiosity.

    1. Flash Type/setup – if I am correct that depends on the tool. Generally auto detect from an .ini file

    2. Flash Count (single/double channel) – depends on the flash drive in some cases two chips work together. For example two 1GB chips for a total of 2GB controlled to work together as a single drive.

    3. Format type (low/high, level 1 , level 2 etc.) those are algorthmes. Depends on the flash drive chip, sometimes you can chose, some times the reflashing program will over ride your choice. Mostly it is the level of sector checking speed. Lowest possible is usually prefered.

    4. Fixed Volume Do you want it to be a hard disk, none removable. Generally ill advised. No plug and play. Also in partitioning, most operating systems don’t like this for a usb drive. If you want to play in chopping up a usb drive into partitions first get it working. Then use a tool like acronis disk director if you have it (costs $).

    5. Reserved Blocks not sure, it most likely has to do with the nand/nor technology of the flash chip. Beyond most of us.
    6. ECC Open Never mess with this. Keep closed. You don’t have the additional info required to manipulte this. Open it and you risk wiping the controller. Then you drive is useless. I did it to 5 fakes.
    7. Odd / Even Page Bad No idea. Again it relates to the flash chip and it’s geometry.
    8. Block BodeHave not seen in the tools I have used. Again probably to the chip specifications.

    Generally most of the parameters mentioned are very specific to the flash chip. Those who change in fake flash, may not be using the tools we are using or have modified them. I suspect that depending on the software it might be that additional size tab option, some have this upgrade thing.

    The person who makes the converts the true flash to fakes is generally a drone. Just follows the parameter sheet somebody gave him but has no clue as to what they mean. Because of this they sometimes make mistakes. The famous ones are this write protect thing.

    Remember those involved in this trade are not like you and I stuggling to fix a fake. They have connections. They have direct access to the information used in factories to create the real capacity chips. Insider information so as to speak. To really get a handle on things and investigate we would need people who could troll the chinese sites, read chinese and also have a technical engineering background as a plus. Most of us grope with odd translators.

    So anyone out there who reads chinese well? has an electrical engineering or computer engineering background? We have in the past received information from chip manufacturers. But they certainly do not explain how to 32GB a 2GB flash chip. It’s an intesting subject zmint. But we have too many victims needing basic help.

    PS Yes you probably do have more capacity. You could now try the HP Tool to see if it will give you the real size. If it has issues, you have to reflash again afterwards. I looked at the tool you uploaded and it had the ecc open. The problem with these reflashing tools and uploads is that they save the last parameters somebody employeed. That is why the vid and pid often change after reflashing. Not a big thing for vid or pid as who wants to identify it again once it is fixed and usable. In your case you experimented with other tools first. I have no idea of the impact that might have had. Try the hp tool now, see it it will strech it out to the real capacity. It worked in a few cases.

  15. inspectortech said

    To Jay

    I have not “fixed” an MP Player myself. I have one but no time. Others have fixed MP Players, but we never recorded info at the site. The pre internet period, preparing, invisible.

    An MP Player is different from a usb flash memory stick or even a memory card.

    A) a firmware program – that usually refers to the program that controls MP Player functions.

    B) the storage – a flash chip that stores files.

    So the MP Player is the most complicated. Those who fixed them, hunted the internet and often took them apart to get the info. The main place for information on fixing MP Players is at a forum:

    http://mympxplayer.org

    We don’t duplicate other peoples work. Instead we will explain when we can and link to them (internet etiquette).

    The issue is to restore the size of the flash chip for an MP Player without affecting the fireware program (your MP Player functions).

    You did not mention the size reported by H2testw 1.4 for the MP Player, Jay. What is the true size against the advertised size?

    There is the site: http://www.sinowealth.com/en/index.asp There is info there and downloads too. Much can’t tell you much about them. I would avoid unless prepared to read and research.

    I searched on your info and I found:

    a post at: http://mympxplayer.org/no-disk-in-drive-f-vt12116.html

    It looks like you have something “rare”. I don’t like the suggestion of the HDD Low Level Format Tool. It is a final solution of desperation only. It was designed for hard disks. Unlike other tools is not only sees your usb drives but your hard disks. One boo boo and you could end up low level formatting a hard disk. That sort of tool is not for most computer users. The person never replied to the suggestion, that speaks for itself.

    Often more generic tools for MP Players at that site do the trick. You only want to fix the size and not the firmware etc.

  16. lakshmi said

    Hello sir/madam,
    i have 32 GB pen drive, that have ±±±±±±±±.±±± this type of virus, those are not deleted…
    in that i am not able to use more than 500 MB…
    please solve my problem sir….
    Configuration: Windows XP

  17. lakshmi said

    Hello sir/madam,
    i have 32 GB pen drive, that have ±±±±±±±±.±±± this type of folders, those are not deleted…
    in that i am not able to use more than 500 MB…
    please solve my problem sir….
    Configuration: Windows XP

  18. lakshmi said

    Hello,
    i have 32 GB pendrive of Make Kingston.
    But its not working properly when i copied media files or size of more than 1Gb it will be currupt
    and when folder is copied with content the time of restoration on anothe r machine shows empy folder
    please suggest me
    it format well.
    Configuration: Windows XP

  19. Paul said

    Hi inspectortech, for your info I tried the low level reformate tool you mentioned earlier on two different drives (One USB memory and One SD memory). The tool reformated both drives to their FAKE size so did not prove useful.

    Using this forum I’ve managed to reformate problably 15 FAKE USB memories. I’m stuck on one C*Core drive and 10 SD Cards (bought before I new about FAFES!) SD Cards do not reformate to true size no matter what I’ve tried.

    Paul

  20. InspectorTech said

    To Lakshmi:

    Please read:

    A) https://sosfakeflash.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/h2testw-14-gold-standard-in-detecting-usb-counterfeit-drives/

    B) http://fixfakeflash.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/about-vid-pid-repairing-counterfeit-flash-drives-steps-to-succeed/

    First you need to find the true capacity, next to find a tool to reflash the drive to a good size.

    You probably have a 512MB flash chip, not more. The funny characters – yes we have seen many times. It is from the earlier fakes. If you reform the drive they will go away and the moment you go over the real capacity they will reappear and you can not delete files. It is not a virus. It is a problem with writing to the file allocation table when the size reserved for this sneaky pretend is exceeded.

    Your only hope is to find the real capacity, file a claim with paypal if you can. And or go about the the second step, try to repair the drive to it’s real size. The effort involved might not be advisable for 512MB. On the other hand it could be interesting and even fun to try the challenge of repairing a fake flash usb drive. Good knowledge to have, better understanding of technology.

    We are sorry to hear that you have a 32GB fake and may only have a 512MB flash drive. But Lakshmi, you are not alone. There are so many people in your situation. All who work on this project are victims – just like you.

  21. suna said

    hey i used this too;

    AlcorMP(08.02.28)
    it was asking for flash type 😦 . i checked a check box(forbid autocheck) and didnot change any other settings and pressed ok its gives an alert saying “ÇëÖ¸¶¨FlashÐͺŔ and nothing happens.. p[lz help thanks in advance…..

  22. Adana said

    hi guyz,

    I bought a drive from delhi bazaars with claim of 30 gb and when i first used it it worked fine upto 3 gb but one of my cousins accidentally dropped it and then the files became corrupt, i have no prob in formatting it through XP and when i put a file in it it sometimes stays with original name and some times becomes garrbled. Waht shall i do, Some times a few files photos mostly are fine music files lost and video files partly lost and partly played in vlc media player is it worth trying to “fix it” or put it away shall i risk trying H2testw or will it ruin it further.

    The one Lost

  23. InspectorTech said

    Hi Adana,

    Thank you for your comment. It is good to see that we are starting to get people from India reporting in. Unfortunately India is very under represented and the issue of fake flash devices is there as it is in any country. The problem is every where.

    Using the program H2testw 1.4

    Will not harm your drive. It will do what you were trying to do, put files on the usb flash drive. If you can, try to copy any files back to hard disk. You can expect that you will not get all files to copy back. It is because they are not on the usb drive in the first place. Then erase any files you have on the flash drive. Run the program. It could take a while depending on the speed of the PC and also whether you are using a 1.1 or 2.0 usb port. The program first writes files of approximately 1GB in size to fill the drive, Then it will try to read and verify what it wrote. It will produce a report for you. This report will tell you what the true size of the drive is and how much is a lie.

    Based on this information you could then proceed to read:

    http://fixfakeflash.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/about-vid-pid-repairing-counterfeit-flash-drives-steps-to-succeed/

    then determine if you wish to attempt a repair provided you can find a reflashing program. There is always risk in reflashing and it is very important to try and find the best matching tool before trying to do this. The fact is, the drive is of no use to you as it is – it is very dangerous to use, to your data. So you do not have much to lose in trying out the steps above to mount a rescue mission.

  24. InspectorTech said

    Hi Suna,

    When you uncheck- autocheck for a reflashing program, you have to provide the flash chip model. It is manual mode. The only way for you to have an idea about what the chip might be, is to take apart the drive, carefully and read and write down the serial information on paper for the long rectangular flash drive chip. At the same time you might want to also do the same for the little square chip for the controller (just to make sure it is what the the chip genius programme reported. Not all fakes have the correct VID and PID, some fakes are sloppy. If you have the right controller and so the right tool, you would know go through the list of possible choices, then chose the one that matches and once more attempt to run the program. If you don’t have a match, you like others may have to wait until a later version of the tool appears. As time goes by , the newer versions will recognize more flash drive chips. I waited over 5 months for a tool to fix some of my fakes.

  25. suna said

    Hey,
    thanks for ur reply…
    i force opened it there are two chipis one on the other side on reac au6983HL etc etc and other read MBUJ6FllQ1 i dont think even this is correct its not reasdble actually… donno wat is what..
    m gonna try with this and let u know the result….
    hav a nice day

  26. suna said

    may be i can say i didnt find a match… 😛

  27. zmint said

    Does any body know the Naming conventions used for Flash Types.
    I mean to say does the NAME OF THE FLASH INDICATE SOMETHING.
    Do they describe something.

    For e.g.

    SANDISK_1024_0_128M (I don’t think it flashes a 128 MB Chip)
    HYF33DS512804BTC_64MB ( & this one a 64 MB CHIP)
    FNMM29ABNQAHWG_32M (I have never seen a 32 MB drive)

    I am curious cause the tools (2 different versions of same program HUc2168)
    detect my drive as :

    NAND08G2M_1GB FlashID=0x20D314A5

    NAND08G2M_2CE_2GB FlashId=0x20D314A5 Page = 128

    They both see my FLASH TYPE differently (The Flash Names differ)

    Any Ideas…

    Thanks (Keep Up the Spirit) – Zmint from Batala,Punjab,India,

  28. Ken said

    I bought two 16Gb SDHC cards off Ebay which turned out to be 4Gb. I used the following technique to re-format them (Can’t see why it won’t work for memory sticks as well):

    Prerequisites:
    1. A PC or portable that you can disconnect the hard disk from
    2. A windows Set-up disk for Windows 2000, XP or Vista.

    Background:
    The Windows 2000, XP and Vista installation routines recognise USB disk drives. Once you know the actual size of the disk drive, you can use the windows setup procedure to delete the existing partition(s) and create one of the right size.
    From experiments, I had already guessed that my 16Gb SDHC was actually only 4Gb. I used H2testw to verify this. The card failed at 3.9Gb.

    Technique:
    1. Disconnect the PC’s hard drive. WARNING YOU MUST DO THIS!!!!!!
    2. Insert the SDHC card (I used a USB card reader) or memory stick.
    3. Insert the windows CD. (You may need to alter your BIOS to boot from CD).
    4. Power up. The computer will read the CD for a few minutes, ask you to agree to the license terms etc. It should then identify the SDHC card or memory stick as a place it can install windows.
    5. CHECK that Windows has identified the right disk drive.
    6. Delete all existing partitions.
    7. You should then be told how much unallocated space there is. It was 15,994Mb in my case.
    8. Create a new partition of the actual size of the disk allowing a margin for overheads. I took the cautious approach and subtracted 12,000Mb from the total leaving a new partition size of 3,994Mb.
    9. Quit out of the Windows install by pressing F3 twice (or simply powering off).
    10. Remove the Windows CD and re-connect the hard drive.
    11. Load windows normally and format your new partition.
    12. Run H2testw to verify that the new partition is working OK.

  29. InspectorTech said

    About Ken’s SDHC Solution

    For SDHC cards, this could be a useful solution.

    Disconnecting a hard disk inside of a PC – meaning understanding how the insides work and are connected. These days most people do go under the hood, to install a card or even add or replace a cd or dvd drive. It is advised that you protect your PC by disconnecting the hard disk. One slip with a windows install cd and you could overwrite your hard disk – the last thing you want.

    Disconnecting a hard disk in a laptop is generally easier. You just need to know where it is, unscrew that section and yank out the caddy that contains the harddisk and connectors. If you have an older or exotic laptop, finding the hard disk can be a problem. Some of the older ones are strange – putting the harddisk under the keyboard (dumb design but it was done) – if that is the case find another machine instead.

    You will need a windows CD for an OS version that recognizes usb ports. Not sure about Windows 2000, or XP – it may depend on the revision level. VISTA of course would not have an issue.

    The trick as Ken points out is knowing in advance what H2testw reported as the good size and then being conservative about partitioning for less to be safe.

    You will see in Windows with the disk manager unused space after the partition you made. Of course you are never to format or attempt to use that.

    Basically what Ken did is build a wall around the good capacity to keep it safe and prevent using the nonexistent space.

    If you have a tool such as Acronis Disk Director – you can try to do the same thing if it recognizes the USB device, you just shrink the existing partition size for the SDHC card down and leave the remainder unpartitioned. If you use Acronis, you don’t have to do any hard disk removal and if you have the tool you already know how to recognize hard disks, drives and partitions.

    I have used the technique (Acronis version) on memory sticks and have been successful a number of times. It means doing it on a fake at the begining and not after having experimented with a lot of reflashing programmes.

    These solutions are brute force. They should be considered when you don’t have any other options.

    Thanks Ken! For writing up your detailed solution and if anyone uses it to deal with SDHC cards to make them usable don’t forget to share you experience with a comment.

    This is our “Think Tank” to restore fakes back to innocence and make them useful.

  30. lavan said

    this is a 64gb pendrive….i cant format this drive sony made………….nor it can be used in xp……this deatils i got by chip genius

    Device Name: +[K:]+USB Mass Storage Device(USB 2.0 Flash Disk USB Device)

    PnP Device ID: VID = 1221 PID = 3234
    Serial Number: 000000001B4B
    Revision: 2.20

    Device Type: Standard USB device – USB2.0 High-Speed

    Chip Vendor: micov
    Chip Part-Number: MXT8208

    Product Vendor: (N/A)
    Product Model: (N/A)

    Tools on Web: http://bbs.mydigit.cn/read.php?tid=72332

  31. Ramz said

    I am stuck with 2 bad ones

    CCore Flash Disk Flash Disk 32 Gb 32 Gb DC08 EF0B CCM3110 92S128X91101b

    CCM3110 –> Any Ideas??

  32. Bode said

    Thank all of you guys very much for the help, its been 2 long days and a million different web site (including the damned chinese ones).

    This one is specially to Paul, praveencavale, rohit, Ramz (and obviously everybody else):

    I finally fixed my CCore (VID = 0DD8 PID = E203). It was faked as a kingston DataTraveler 8Gb, but was acctually only 1Gb. First I have used:

    CCM3108-B2.151B MPT (http://www.4shared.com/file/74282407/e1acb041/CCore.html).

    The drive was “reset” to about 1GB, but h2testw 1.4 still found about 500kb of corrupted files.

    Then I tried the HP Stuff (cp006049.exe). This one worked like a charm, and I haven’t got a second partition as someone have reported (or maybe I misinterpreted it).

    Well, I hope it helps.

  33. Kliph said

    Hi All,

    AlcorMP(08.02.28) worked for me. I tried “AlcorMP (08.02.28) AU6984, AU6980” but couldn’t make it run (!?) so tried this one instead. I managed to recover a 1.96gb drive from a fake 16gb Hong Kong sold by Ebay scammer – “rongcle” – Grrr 😦

    sosfakeflash, thank you for this most informative site 🙂

    FYI.
    Chipgenius returned:-

    Device Name: +[F:]+USB Mass Storage Device(USB 2.0 USB Device)

    PnP Device ID: VID = 058F PID = 6387
    Serial Number: CC0B4B0A
    Revision: 8.00

    Device Type: Standard USB device – USB2.0 High-Speed

    Chip Vendor: Alcor(??)
    Chip Part-Number: AU6980~AU6983

    Product Vendor: USB
    Product Model: 2.0

    AND –
    H2testw returned:-

    Error writing file ‘F:\2.h2w’, offset 0x3d000000.
    It is still possible to verify the test data written up to this point.
    (The device is not ready. Code 21)
    Writing speed: 6.63 MByte/s
    H2testw v1.4

    After trawling through flashboot.ru, I downloaded AlcorMP(08.02.28) at – http://66.249.91.101/translate_c?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http://flashboot.ru/index.php%3Fname%3DFiles%26op%3Dview_file%26lid%3D86&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.flashboot.ru/index.php%253Fname%253Diflash%26hl%3Den&usg=ALkJrhhuZD5bS5WRtgo105RV66YGazSlyQ

    Ran – AlcorMP.exe NB. remove USB drive before running
    AlcorMP.exe detected my drive, clicked start, let the prog do it’s thing, then reformatted under windows and job done!

    PS
    I’ve gone into such detail to hopefully save others going thru my experimental stages…

    ******** THANKS AGAIN sosfakeflash 🙂 **********

  34. Kliph said

    lol, just realised html works here 🙂

    The *)’s after each “AlcorMP(08.02.2” are not meant to be smilies but repleced AlcorMP(08.02.28_) no underscore before bracket

    Hope this makes sense 🙂 intentional smilie!!

  35. Kliph said

    I’m going to get this right….

    The 8) ’s after each “AlcorMP(08.02.2″ are not meant to be smilies but repleced AlcorMP(08.02.28_) no underscore before bracket…

  36. Paul said

    Hi Bode

    May thanks for info, I’ve already tried this tool previously but tried again. When I plug in the USB memory I get the message that it “cannot recognize Device” so clearly its not for my USB memory stick. If anybody else has more info please Post.

  37. Bode said

    to Paul

    I don’t know much about how this really works… but I find it strange, anyway, since it is also a C*Core w/ the same PID and VID. Have you tried the specific link I posted? I got this from a Brazilian blog, and the guy said it also worked for two C*Cores w/ different PIDs and VIDs… probably it is the same app, but maybe it is worth the try. Anyways, good luck.

  38. Bode said

    One more thing: have you tried the HP software?

  39. ColMcCoy said

    Hi..

    Big thanks guys.. The tools really helped, I used ALCOR AU9386 v1.10 from carlton’s shared.. The first tool that I used was the one labeled AlcorMP (080829).. I think that was a wrong tool and destroyed 4 of my 8gb flash drives (actually 16mb, and 15.5mb of usable space).. The 4 flash drives won’t be seen in My Computer, like it wont be detected.. I really thought AlcorMp was the tool for it.. The VID were 058F, PID = 9381.. some PID were 9380.. I’m not even done formatting all of those yet. I really got a bunch of fake 8gbs and now a proud owner of 16mb flash drives *sigh* But hey, a working 16mb is still usable for my school files..

    @Inspectortech
    Thank you for the links you posted, i have downloaded a tool for MP player. Haven’t tried it yet though. I also got 8gb MP players, but my hunch is that it’s only 100mb or less. I hope the tool can fix the size, i would still appreciate and accept it even for 100mb hehe.

    also, i’d like to share this tool, you can download it here http://seoulcc.org/pdx8_2k_v327.zip
    it’s easy to use, it also includes some tips, FAQ (in a word document).. but the tool only works for usb1.1 flash drives..

    thanks.

    p.s. my advice, be cautious when buying stuffs in china, if you can, avoid it or verify carefully. coz i got all of my 8gb items in Shenzhen, China..

  40. anand said

    hello,there..well my problem is not exactly related to this..but after tryin to repair faked 32gb pendrive..now i dont have safetly remove hardware appearing in ma vista os..even though its coming up in my computer and im able to use it without proble..though i think it has become a bit slow..even if i manually run safely remove..i still cant see ma pen drive..wen i look up in device manager i can see it disks…i tried to repair one pendrive..but wen alcor got started it said usb changed or something so i had to remove da pendrive without clickin da safely re…. but from then wen ever i plugged in da fake one it said installing new driver for usb disk drive or something and it appeared as removable disk but unable to load..and wen alcor scanned it…it found only bad sectors..i guess i might hv kiled it..but after which i was able to restore another corrupt pen drive a real kingston…but ma problems started den…iam able to acess the pendrive perfectly but no icon in my tray. i have also used a another working pen rive still the same result…any ideas plzz.help waitin for your reply…as fast as u can…any ideas to bring it back!

  41. InspectorTech said

    To Anand

    Vista is not a strong suit of mine. Those of us in the business world have our claws still clunching the older windows operating systems such as XP and Windows 2000. Don’t laught. Some of us still play with DOS and experiment in Linux too.

    Here are some questions as it is hard to know exactly what is wrong:

    1) Device Manager generally will see a usb flash drive even if it can not be used.

    2) Did you format the drive? If so did you format in FAT32 or in NTFS. Flash drives should not be formatted in NTFS – too many problems and lack of compatibility if you want to use it to transfer files on other machines (and where the operating system could be different)

    3) In windows f0r disk management, you see the usb drive? If you select the drive, what do you see in properties? Do you have the option to assign a drive letter? If so, you need to set a drive letter for the drive. This is an annoying weakness seen in XP and probably also exists in Vista too. If you can, set the drive letter.

    4) If you can see and use the drive in windows explorer, is it seen as a removable drive or does it look just like a hard disk? If so, then in reflashing you might have made a mistake or the tool was set (not removable ticked). If that was the case you have to reflash again and make sure it is removable.

    If you still have issues and with good usb flash drives – not being seen in Vista, you will have to go to the Microsoft site and search through their knowledge bases to find out how to fix the issue.

    Everyone, you need to know that some reflashing tools are not always VISTA compatible . The older they are, the greater the chances that VISTA may not like them. The business world still relys heavily on XP and now you can see why. Also a lot can depend on your settings in VISTA – it is generally set up to stop people from monkeying and playing around with their machines. Less grief for the average user that way.

    If you own more than one PC or Laptop, use an older operating system such as XP to carry out your rescue. Don’t use your sunday best machine unless you have to.

    InspectorTech has used machines as old as Pentium II’s to repair fake flash drives.

    Finally, you might want to create a restore point before starting a repair and before you use a reflashing program. There is a option to restore last known configuration if you get into hot water, but that is a LAST RESORT!

    Repairing fakes does not always work and it does have risks some times. Not every drive is rescued, most are. Use older and less important machines to carry out your repairs if you have that option.

  42. anand said

    well thanks for the fast reply man…yeah i can see the drive as usb drive as removable disk in my computer..everything is normal as far as im concerned…except safely remove is not ther all of a sudden..obviously seen after i started pluggin in a corrupt pen drive..or i wonder if it was some thing related to the use of alcor ??..i dunno…i was hoping i could get the safely remove bk..in tray :)..all the drives are workin normally and everything was normal until i started out ….

  43. anand said

    just managed to get things all right…i had a system restore poin luckily..dat did it..thanx everyone 🙂

  44. InspectorTech said

    To Anand and Everyone

    Good to hear all is well. The windows feature of a system restore point is very important. If you have XP or Vista, make sure you have this on in your computer. Not just for fixing fake flash devices – just healthy safe computing.

  45. Paul said

    Hi Bode,

    C*core

    Already downloaded and tried software from the site you posted. Unfortunately it did not work with my Drive. Tried the HP tool, in my limited experience, this appears to alway reformate drives to 4GB. The drive I have is 2GB so not much luck. Many thanks for your efforts.

    Paul

  46. kpkamath said

    i hav a 32gb fake pendrive which cannot be formaatted. Its Vid 0DD8 and pid E203.Any chance of recover.tried to flash with mpt 2.151 but failed .it is a RAW disk now

  47. InspectorTech said

    To kpkamath

    1. Did you reflash it then try to format it and it refused to do this?

    2. Did the reflashing fail? If so what error message did it give or does it give?

    3. Did you reflash it, but not format it? As for many reflashing programs it is necessary to format afterwards?

    At the moment it is hard to tell the source of your problem. The other thing very important to check is whether the program had the ecc closed. That is not supposed to be open. Sometimes people when they upload a tool, play with it and forget to deactivate. These programs have a habit of keeping the last settings used – and so the next person can get them. Always good to look under the hood first before using a tool.

    If you flashed and the drive became raw and refuses to format correctly it is usually a sign of the wrong tool being used. Especially if the reflashing was sucessful. In that case all is not always lost – provided the ECC Bytes option was Open none! You would now have to very carefully open your drive. Tenderly. Then write down the information of the littlw square chip (controller chip) – and the long black chip (flash drive chip)

    The begining indentification for the controller will tell you the controller family chip. For example AU6986, MW6208E etc.. based on that you can check the solutions at fixfakeflash.wordpress.com for existing solutions and software or check the russian site or hunt the internet. On occassion, kpkamath, the people reprogamming the drives are sloppy and put in wrong vid and pid info. Opening the drive will help you determine exactly what the controller is. The flash drive info then is helpful if you find the right tool but the flash drive is not auto detected.

    So long as the ECC Bytes option was not open when you did your flashing attempt you still have a chance to fix the drive.

  48. kpkamath said

    sir,
    I had opened the case and verified that the controller chip is c*core with no. ccm 3108. ur site has helped tp trace the tool for flashing .The ccore tool does recognize the device and does flashing. Since some settings are in chinese langauge I found it difficult to set them in the flash tool.The 32gb drive now shows just 64Mb raw. flash process says 100% . but Windows or hp format tool tried to format, could not do so and says unable to complete format.For me it is a challenging task now. Thanks sir, I will try again.

  49. InspectorTech said

    To kpkamath

    You used HUC2168 MPTool V20080909.rar (HUC2168MPTool.exe) ? I had a look at that zip. file. Anyone who wants to use it should first makes sure to go to Setup Info Ctrl S – and Make sure that the left hand middle for ECC does not say open one byte!. If it does, please reset it to none!

    I just launched the tool. I saw almost everything available in in english. It will execute in the chinese languages or English. There is one line that looks funny, but that is not chinese it is a line of characters that are not being translated properly but doesn’t look important for flash restorations.

    In your case kpkamath, if the ECC was set to open you may have accidentally damaged the controller. I don’t know of a repair for that. I have to confess, I have a number of dead usb flash sticks because I wanted to know what this option might do. I found out all right. Like you – raw and only 8MB. So far I have not been able to repair them – since May 2008.

    To Everybody

    1) If you use a flashing tool, it looks like you should first have a quick look at the setup option if it exists. make sure the ECC option is NOT set to open for anything. that affects the controller and we are not flash drive wizards. If it is opened – CLOSE IT by setting to none. Then use the tool.

    2) If you upload a tool or download a tool. Remember this. The tool always keeps the last settings used. Keep this in mind. They are not bright and are used in mass production so keeping the settings makes sense if you are doing this all day long day after day.

  50. kpkamath said

    sir,
    I have used the c*core tool mpt 2.151 to flash the ccm 3108, not HUC 2168 .

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