The FrankenFlashProject’s – eBayers Against False Capacity Flash website is temporarily closed until January 2009. The demand for information on Fake Flash devices on eBay has been too high during the month of December 2008. We blew the bandwidth quota. Arraugh!
Fortuantely SOSFakeFlash is the main site, eBayers Against False Capacity Flash is a mirrow with additional features and translation for our international members. We apologize for the inconvience.
If you need translation please use google’s translation facilities against SOSFakeFlash in the interim. We operate like most volenteer consumer sites – on a shoe string.
We are looking into adding more independent sites outside of WordPress.com as we are limited in the features we can offer. WordPress.com is terrific but they have to limit themes and features for compatibility – they upgrade and maintain the sites they host and free of cost.
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FixFakeFlash – solution MXT6208 controller identified with VID = 2008 PID = 2018 or VID = 2000 PID = 2008, fake flash drives. A total of 9 drives were tested and repaired. Advertised as 8GB, the true capacity varied from 680MB to 1.9GB (formatted). These fake flash drives can be repaired using the following information:
FixFakeFlash – solution MW6208E controller identified with VID = 2001 PID = 2008, fake flash drive. The drive tested and repaired was from eBay Fake Flash Seller xiaotian_abc. Advertised as 8GB, it’s true capacity was 1GB. based fake flash drive can be repaired using the following information.
FixFakeFlash – solution i5128-LG or i5128-L controllers (iCreate), fake flash drive. The drive tested and repaired was from an eBay Fake Flash Seller long forgotten. Advertised as 8GB, it’s true capacity was 4GB. VID and PID information not provided in this solution (drives were disassembled by fake flash victim) get information. Read (Put Article) before proceeding to solution
FixFakeFlash – solution Alcor controller (chip set not mentioned) identified with VID = 058F PID = 6387, fake flash drive. The drive tested and repaired was from eBay Fake Flash Seller chaiching28. Advertised as 16GB, it’s true capacity was 4GB. This fake flash drive can be repaired using the following information.
FixFakeFlash from SOSFakeFlash, explains steps to rescue a fake flash (counterfeit) drive. How you can try to return it to its true size. Wrestling with FrankenFlash drives to make them useful is a mystery to most victims of fake flash drive purchases. The information FixFakeFlash has for you comes from the efforts of fake flash victims who succeeded in repairing their drives.
To repair counterfeit (fake) flash drives you need the VID and the PID for a flash drive. This will help you determine the software tool required to perform a low level reformatting (commonly known as reflashing). Reformatting in an operating system is “high level” and can not repair the drive. The controller on the flash drive has been reprogrammed to lie – this is why you normally need a special software tool. They exist and are available, but you need to know which one you must use for your drive.
The VID is the Vendor information, the PID is the flash chip controller information. The PID is supposed to identify the chip set family for a software reprogramming tool. How to find this information? The easiest way is to download a program called chipgenius – it will read the drive for you. Only if chipgenius does not find any useful information or the information does not match anything known on the internet should you consider taking your USB flash drive apart. Some drives do not come apart easily so avoid this unless you have no other choice. In most cases you will not have to consider doing this.
Update 20091023: Please consult the new FAQ at FixFakeFlash Inspectortech for important information on repairing fake flash memory items before you attempt to repair.
Follow these steps to begin the journey to fix and repair your fake USB flash drive to its real size:
FixFakeFlash – solution MXT8208 controller identified with VID = 1221 PID = 3234, fake flash drive. The drive tested and repaired was a fake 32GB “Transend”. Advertised as 32GB, it’s true capacity was 499MB. This fake flash drive can be repaired using the following information.