srs5694 wrote:I recently bought a 16 GB Kingston drive from NewEgg. It was this one, and it doesn't have an activity light. I haven't yet used it for much, so I can't comment on reliability. I figured they just got cheap on the light. Do you have a reference to additional sources about this?
xenopeek wrote:Not specific to Kingston, but Wikipedia has a reference about the practice of faking a small storage USB stick as one with larger storage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_flash_ ... e_products. The entire Internet seems to like to the Windows-only h2testw tool for detecting fake USB sticks like these. F3 is the LInux and Mac open-source alternative for it: http://oss.digirati.com.br/f3/.
I'm doing this as a public service and apologize if it is on the wrong thread, but since flash drives are important to many of us, I'm issuing this alert. A neighbor of mine who works at General Services Agency of the City of New York states there's an alert for all IT employees to check whether any Kingston flash drives purchased at Target and Walmarts are not counterfeit, easily detectable because they display no activity light. These are counterfeit China flash drives shipments with corrupted memories. It behooves you to do that simple test yourself and not wait for Target or Walmart to alert you! Yes, someone we know got "hit" with such led lights from Christmas, 8, 16 and 32 gig flash drives. You might want to contact Kingston for support because the stores might be cagey about admitting there's problem!
Jim in Queens
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