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How To Spot Fake Chinese Hard Drives - Take Them Apart!

Updated on April 24, 2012

Deal of a Lifetime or Scam?

So you have just found the deal of a life-time. A brand spanking new, branded, external hard drive for a record low price. Sure, it is shipped from Hong-Kong, but that's why it's so cheap right?

WRONG. You, like many before you, have been scammed.


This hard drive is nothing but a $1 dollar caddy with a 128Mb pendrive glued inside it, albeit with a couple of handsome bolts to add authenticity / weight. The drive, when plugged into the computer appears to be genuine and normal. It shows the advertised disk size correctly in explorer/finder. It even appears to transfer your precious data to it at a believable speed. Safe in the knowledge that your data is now backed up, you delete all from your laptop to free up much needed space. However, when the data is recalled, you find to your dismay that each file is corrupt! After a quick format, the disk returns to its actual size - 128Mb. To your horror, not only have you been cheated out of $40 for your hard drive, but they've tricked you into destroying all your data into the bargain!


What is happening when you copy your files? The hard disk controller is programmed to write a false file system so all your files are shown on the drive. As each file is copied, it is merely re-writing over the same bit of disk space.

DON'T FALL FOR THIS SCAM!!!

Now you know how this scam works, make sure you buy your hardware from reputable E-bay shops / online stores, and remember; if that deal is too good to be true, it almost certainly is!!

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      Very interesting. The Chinese are masters at copying things...I never really thought about hard drives though. Just another thing to not buy from eBay I guess. Thanks for the information.

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