i5128-LG i5128-L iCreate Repair Fake Flash Drive Solution
Posted by inspectortech on December 12, 2008
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
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Hi, my brother bought a pair of “8GB” usb flash drives from an ebay seller a while back with the same features as the flash drive found on this page :
The page suggests that the capacity may reach 8GB, with maximum read speed of 17mb/s and write speed of 15mb/s but that wasn’t the case with the models we received from the seller. The items are no longer on sale unfortunately, and I do not have the seller’s info (I will forward those details if I find them though).
After the first month of having the flash drives, it was quickly realised that the capacity on the formatted drives would max out at 4 gigabytes – half of what was displayed in windows. The read speed shown in vista was 10mb/s and the write speed maxed out at 2mb/s (although once past the ‘actual’ capacity of the drive –the write speed jumped to 20mb/s ‘on air’).
We knew we had been swindled but decided against doing anything figured 4GB is good enough – but the constant corruption of data past 4GB was annoying.
After making my own ebay account, I started looking for large capacity (16-32-64GB) flash and compact flash drives – and started getting interested in the negative feedback of some sellers. Apparently a large quantity of people have been receiving items with capacities marked way higher than the actual – corruption resulted past the actual values when used.
This sparked my interest in repairing these drives.
I found out the model of the drive components by physically opening the disk (it actually came apart by itself after it became heated one day while plugged in) and looking at the chips used.
This particular model had an iCreate (or just Create) i5128-LG (or i5128-L) flash memory controller, which is capable of controlling up to two chips up to 16GB. The memory stick itself is only manufactured in capacities up to 8GB. The flash chip was known to be 4GB – and had no identifiable markings on it.
From h2testw (before repair):
The media is likely to be defective.
3.9 GByte OK (8325561 sectors)
3.8 GByte DATA LOST (7982663 sectors)
Details:3.8 GByte overwritten (7982663 sectors)
0 KByte slightly changed (< 8 bit/sector, 0 sectors)
0 KByte corrupted (0 sectors)
2 KByte aliased memory (4 sectors)
First error at offset: 0x00000000fe137200
H2testw version 1.3
Writing speed: 3.69 MByte/s
Reading speed: 11.7 MByte/s
Armed with this info, I went onto the website http://www.flashboot.ru/index.php?name=iflash mentioned in Electrostorm’s tutorial and used the Translated to English (recommended) option.
Keying in ‘i528’ gave a few results – some with links to applications. I selected the iCreate PDx16 (i5128-PDx16V1.34) application download link – unzipped it and opened it.
The interface is simple but kind of hard to understand without some trial and error. It shows up to 16 devices on one screen – any iCreate enabled flash drives show here.
Clicking on options opened up a large selection of features that could be changed in order to change the capacity, memory type and function of the program.
After a few attempts; I found that using the options:
– ‘Enable Assigning Flash’ under the tab ‘Select Flash’; and changing the flash options to ‘Samsung MLC x8 bus capacity 16384mb part K9LAG08U0’
– selecting the ‘Mark Scan’ option under the tab ‘Flash Setting’ with the options ‘Default – Speed Optimization – Speed Adjust 3/3’
– and finally enabling the ‘Capacity Adjust’ option under the tab ‘Capacity Adjust’ with the settings ‘4092 – 5% error’ allowed for the most error free function of h2testw.
– Also note; the options under ‘Action Setting’ allow for the selected options to run ‘Run Setting’, or the flash drive can be erased ‘Erase Flash’ or Checked ‘Check Flash’ – I performed an erase before attempting the settings above (it may have contributed to my success)
From h2testw (after repair):
Test finished without errors.
You can now delete the test files *.h2w or verify them again.
Writing speed: 3.55 MByte/s
Reading speed: 7.08 MByte/s
Solution Provider: Phoenix 20081101
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