32 GB Kingston Pen Drive Is Fake ? – How To Know Whether A Pen Drive Is Fake or Not ?

by Rohit Khurana on July 7, 2009

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Some days back my father came up to me showing me a 32 GB pen drive which he got from a friend of him who wanted to sell this big size pen drive for 1000 Indian Rupees or 20 dollars. My father brought to me as I might be interested. Firstly I got interested to get this pen drive as this pen drive is looking like a real Kingston pen drive of 32 GB.

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The deal for 32gb pen drive was sounding quite good to me, but i decided to inspect further and took a close look and found some thing suspicious with the build quality and then I plugged the pen drive in USB port on my laptop and checked the size in my computer it was showing approx 31 GB

 

I decided to inspect little further and started playing with the drive by transferring some files but these were quite small files which transferred to pen drive very easily and quickly  

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Still I had some suspicion and decide to inspect the pen drive in device manager where the truth revealed that it was fake pen drive as it was showing no company name in manufacturer and it did not have any serial number also. This pen drive is another fake pen drive being invented at the local computer markets in India –  LOL 😀

 

So If you get any pen drive claiming it to be big size original pen drive – please examine the details of the drive by connecting it to computer and check it under device manager. Following are the problem you might face with a fake pen drive like this:

 

1. The data in the pendrive with get corrupted due to bad sectors most of the time.
2. On coping pictures only limited amount or 512MB of data will remain intact.
3. You cannot format the Pendrive.
4. Windows Disk Check utility will hand if made to run on the pendrive.

Let’s us know you are facing any other problem on a fake pendrive, we would love to help :)

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Deyaa Addeen Fahmy Shedeed July 8, 2009 at 5:36 am

Appreciat, thanks.

sakthivignesh July 14, 2009 at 6:22 am

I am using 8gb kingston pendrive.in this pendrive the stored datas are erased automatically when it is reinserted again. help to fix this problem wit your solution

sunny August 6, 2009 at 2:12 am

thanks for saving me 😀

Anoop Chandaliya September 7, 2009 at 7:33 am

I fell victim to the same pendrive … it’s not Kingston but KILLston …Now everything went wrong for me , do I have any chance to use it by any means…help on how to use even its 512 MB memory out of 32GB is appreciated !!

Thanks in advance !!
Anoop

sanjay nsingh October 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm

thanks 2 rohit

he saves my 400 rs

this month before diwali that is on 9-10-09

on young guy came to my dad’s shop & says to me”waana buy 32gb pen drive worth rs. 400″
i asked which brand it is of
he reply “kingston” he further say “i m working at airport
i’d got it from custom ……”
i like this offer ,bit that i have no money at that time
i said can u come on 11-10-09 today i dont have enough money
he says”see i 2, if i got another custmer i give to him” till that day if stocks remain iwill com”

now on the same day im searching on net to known the correct price of it on google search, than i came across with rohit article”

Rajesh October 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Thanx a lot.

One of my friend got 512GB Kingston pen drive from his friend.
To check it we inserted in laptop and size was showing 497GB!! Then I told my friend to feed data as much as possible ( though its tough task, but atleast 100 + GB )

Then I saw your article.

Cheers..

bird November 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

hi i am not from india but i got lurked myself.i got a Kingston data traveler which was fake.as you say, when you connect it , the name of the manufacturer doesn’t pop up and when i put data on it , my files become corrupt and i cannot access it…..

i contacted Kingston after sales support which confirmed that it was a fake one. one way to see if it is fake.. i think the only way not to get fooled is to resist buying such pendrive for cheap prices.i wonder is there are other makes being faked….

Himself March 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm

i just came from delhi, and i also buy this fake kingston 32GB…

my problems:

1. The data in the pendrive with get corrupted due to bad sectors most of the time.
2. On coping pictures only limited amount or 512MB of data will remain intact.
3. Formating is possible but very slow – 3 hours and disk is also slow when copying files

HEEELP… if is possible to help with this..

thx

Himself March 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

PS: it is different model than on picture above..

gum March 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

but i think
if we found out the Writeen text is 4GB
meanwhile when we plug it,
we just found it 3.45GB only

then it’s the usual case isn’t right?
I mean there’s no a equal size,
the factory is just made it
as a rounding off…

if i’m not mistaken. ( ^ ^)”…
but if always facing corrupt then
we may say yes, it’s unstable thumbdrive!

rathik asish panigrahi April 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm

thanx to u all.this page didnt let me get fooled with the person’s custom story.

gaurav May 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I also got victim of d same plz help if there is any option that i can use it
1) basically my data is been erased automatically,…..

plz know me more about it ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

thanx for help

chandru June 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

thanks for this,

Really i fell to this today it self i got 2 fake 32GB pendrive for 1350 so i lost this amount so please send this message to all the people who use pen drive so that i suggest to all please don’t buy any product outside because all are fake those people only try to make money as much as possible

pintu July 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I am using 32gb kingston pendrive.in this pendrive the stored datas are erased automatically when it is reinserted again. help to fix this problem with your solution

pankaj July 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

thanks for the information

next time if i will be in the same condition , i can check the genuineness of the pen drive.

Anuj July 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Guys,

I got duped on Ebay…Imagine!!

They sold me a 64 gigs for 1350 – a seller from Mumbai…Will never try ebay again for anything…How could such a company not sell atleast genuine products…It said Kingston on its cover similar to rahul’s and it failed to work after just a couple of mini data transfers. Its file system is Raw, doesn’t get formatted and what not…

Too Frustrated Man!!…Cheers

sachind August 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Hey guys same story with me today.
I was in hurry to office way. one college going student stop me for talking about something selling. When he pulled out one kingston 32GB pendrive. He told me price 1000 rs, i show him my purse and it contains only 200 rs. i buy that pen drive of rs 200 . Let see what will happen with that.

Boris Molina September 13, 2010 at 1:02 am

Hi, I’m from Bolivia, I bought two kingston flash memories, one of 16 GB and the other of 8 Gb.
and both were defective, I decided to look into it and found out how to check wether our memories are real or not…. you need to go visit http://www.kingston.com/LatAm/verify/
however it’s in spanish and I don’t know about other site you could go.
I didn’t know these fake memories were made in India… Is this true?

Rohit September 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

@Boris Molina
Thanks for sharing, this is the English version of the same page – http://www.kingston.com/asia/verify/

surey October 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I had 2gb pendrive. In this i had copied all files in a folder. when i inserted to my pc, the files are not there in the folders and the folders are appeared empty. but the pendrive memory capacity is shown as the files appeared . pls help me………

Surendra November 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I am using 16gb transcend pendrive.in this pendrive the stored datas are erased automatically when it is reinserted again. help to fix this problem with your solution….

Rishi November 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

Hi.. guys I bought this so called 32gb kingston pen drive from a person that they have got few pieces from custom. And I am afraid to say this but it is “FAKE”. I paid 500 for a crap. Beware- please dnt buy any electronics from other than the genuine store/shop. :(

Deepak bisht December 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I completely agree with you all, common guys think why would any one want to sell 32Gb pen drive for Rs 400-500. These cheats can meet you near bus stops, markets, departmental stores, malls.
Plz don’t fall for in their tricks, Buy genuine with bill. A 4gb pen drive will cost you only rs 295-300 in Nehru palace Delhi.

sugam maheshwari January 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm

hi guys i have bought a pen drive of kingston of 32 gb ………………when i inserted on my computer for first time ………………….my screen turned to red and there was written ……………………..trojen horse detected.then my ………computer didn’t stat again . I had to spend 5,000 rupees to get it repaired(my hard disk was currupted)……… .then i never tried to insert that pen drive………………………what to do guys plz help……………………………………?….my enginear told my that never buy cheaper pendriver always buy from company …………….so guys remember his advise………………………plz suggest what to do……………………..??

arvind January 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm

dear all
i took pen drive of kingston of 32 gb but showing only 8 mb so what should now pls help me out pls pls psl

Diana January 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I bought the 32gb kingstone pendrive for Rs.300 fm. V.T. station subway.I too was shown full memory capacity but when I started to transfer the data it wld. show corrupted no matter how many times I had formatted the drive but the problem persists. This is a new way of conning people it shl. be conveyed to more people via emails or newspaper so that people dont become victims. I also enquired in a shop they said the original one costs rs.2750.

mik February 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

i guess i am da only lucky one here.. I have been using it since 2months no problems so far.. And i got it for 400ruppees around $6.5.. I hope it doesnt die..

komal dwivedi March 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

can any one help me i too have a 32gb pendrive

amit May 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

how can i know if the pendrive is fake or not ?

amit May 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

how can i know if the pendrive is fake or not ? i have even seen a 512gb kingston pendrive in palika bazaar at delhi should i go for it ?

Wakif May 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

i have a 32GB Kingston pendrive..most probably its the fake one..how can i know about the actual size of files which can be stored in it??..plz reply!!

abhinadh May 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

i have a 32 GB Kingston pen drive when i paste movie files the videos is not loading fully 60% is loading & it get corrupted soon so what i want to do

Anupam Dash June 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

hii,i hv brought a 16 gb trnscend penderive in less price,but when i copying video files it is not copying correctly & showing some errors,i suppose it a hacked pendrive.so how fix dis error now to make it run properly,plz tell the solution.

imran June 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

i have a 32 GB Kingston pen drive when i paste files fully 90% is loading & it get corrupted soon so what i want to do plz help..reply fast

arshad June 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

i recently bought Kingston 32GB DT101 from a guy. when i plugged the USB it gets detected as “product udisk 2.0 usb device”. it didnt get formatted by normal windows format tool. so i used HP USB format tool to do the job. the USB got formatted. when i copy anything on it, it copies with quite fast speed but the copied contents gets corrupted. then i tried to format it with windows disk management console. after format the data transfer speed of usb drops to dead slow. however the data copied is useful but it take long time to even read an excel file from usb.
one more thing i noticed that usually normal kingston usbs have a memory chip installed, while this one doesnt have. a black round thing in on it while on other side a controller chip is installed.

plz help me out.

niqnaqx June 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Saving files to my possibly fake 16GB Transcend pendrive works OK. However, deleting folders doesn’t work. I keep on getting the error:
Cannot remove folder XYZ: The directory is not empty.

I have already reformatted it countless of times. And have even tried the restore tool from Transcend. But I still can’t simply delete entire folders once saved in my thumbdrive. I need to reformat the drive in order to wipe it clean. Would anybody have any solution?

mrinal--india July 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

use “unlocker ” to delete those files ….. download the apps and use it …… enjoy:)

Ajay Gupta July 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Always purchase a pen drive from original shop
with guarantee proof.
There are selling false Kingston pen drive in market.

anu August 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

hi frnds,,,,,,i also buy two 16gb kingston pen drive,both are fake pen drives.when i first time insert pen drive, i copy some data into pen drive,its speed is so slow .then i try to increase pen drive speed by convert fat32 to ntfs nd try to format it.but it not format nd a msg is shown that “window is unable to format it” nd form that”s day its not formating,,plz can anybdy help meeeeeeee,,,,to format it

Rupesh August 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm

i have purchased 32gb transcent pendrive from an unknown person visited my office at rs.300.. whe i inserted pendrive first thing it doesnt open only…. d red light blinks in pendrive… its a fake plz plz plz i request everyone not to purchase pendrive frm road or any unknown person without warranty it doesnt save ur money but u endup loosing ur money , its better to buy genuine pendrive of 8gb putting some more 100-200rs.. which worth

PradeepDhariwal September 18, 2011 at 10:12 am

i have purchased 32gb transcent pendrivboth are fake pen drives.when i first time insert pendrive, i copy some data into pen drive,its speed is so slow .then i try to increase pen drive speed by convert fat32 to ntfs nd try to format it.but it not format nd a msg is shown that “window is unable to format it” nd form that”s day its not formating,,plz can anybdy help meeeeeeee,,,,to format it

mohammed September 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

my 32GB pan drive not working Not open any video & songs

ravi October 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Never buy a pen drive in a local market.always buy from a genuine shop…….local pendrive was FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE

rahul November 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

hi friends I got this pendrive just for 150 rs its working for me kingston 32gb pendrive

Mahadevappa April 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

hi friends i’m also purchased 32 GB Kingston Pen drive with Amount Rs 600/- when going to format the computer will be display “windows can not format removable disc used by another users” please give me solution for this problem.

tarun das April 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I have a 32 GB Kingston Data Traveler. The problem i am facing write now is that “When i’m copying the data to the pen drive, it is saving the data properly but after saving the data to the drive when i’m again accessing the drive the drive is not showing anything in the disk. but the properties is showing that it has carrying data to the disk.” Please can anybody help me.

suchitra August 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Hi..I got a fake pendrive I guess. Initially it was able to copy 7GB of picture files from one computer to other. Just after that when I put it again and open it, it says that the file or directory is unaccessible. Is there any way to solve this problem?? Please help..

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