Fake Chinese 500 GB external drive is one clever paperweight (literally)

Just in time for this weekend, there appears to be a humourous story making its rounds on several news sites. You are probably all too familiar with some malicious eBay sellers selling portable electronics - cell phones, music players, handheld game consoles - for unbelievably low prices, only for the recipient to open the box and find dead weights inside the box. Then there are Chinese factories manufacturing cheap knockoffs of popular products - although granted, some of the fake Android-based iPad knockoffs are pretty good (warning: some NSFW language). Now let's have a look at this latest story from the Siberian land near the Russian-Chinese border, which appears to be a mix of both clever trickery and a scam:

A Russian customer crossed the border into China to purchase the drive you see above from a computer shop of dubious legitimacy, at an unbelievably low price. On first glance, it appears to be a 500 GB Samsung external hard drive with a few typos on the case ("Complant" 480 Mbps). As the customer observes, his new drive does show up with a capacity of 500 gigabytes, and it does manage to hold a few small files. The problem is with copying anything large - the drive would hold only the last few minutes of a copied movie file, for instance.

So he took his "broken" hard drive to his local computer shop to have it checked out. Imagine how much of a laugh the techies had when they opened up the drive to find this:

That's right - it's a small PCB with a 128 MB flash chip, and two metal bolts to give the otherwise hollow drive some weight. The controller was made to report a 500 GB capacity and copy files in a loop when it reached past 128 MB.

On the upside, 128 MB is enough for a few documents or even a Linux distribution. Other than that, this unfortunate fellow should consider his refund options, if they even exist to begin with.

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If they put all that cleverness to doing something useful instead of slamming people we would have skynet by now. Actually the fake drives are probably better to everyone

That's why I don't buy anything from Chinese sellers on Ebay. I've had my run it with that. Ebay was good about getting my money back. Go Ebay!!!

Made in China, excellent teknology, by Sansumg a reputable Chinese company.

One should learn to read the labels very carefully and be suspect of any spelling errors.

btw. Samsung is Korean.

Common problem here with in India with Chinese pen drives, where 64GB pen drives are sold at a price of 4GB but in reality, cant hold more than 128MB or such

Somewhere right now, there is an eBay user opening up what they believe to be an unusually large 128 MB flash drive, only to discover a 500GB HDD inside.

xpxp2002 said,
Somewhere right now, there is an eBay user opening up what they believe to be an unusually large 128 MB flash drive, only to discover a 500GB HDD inside.

lol... gud one

It sucks that people do stuff like this. Someone brought me a laptop because they could not get it to come on even though they had bought a brand new battery on eBay. I checked the battery with a VOM and it didn't even show any continuity. It felt strangely light as well.

I suppose it could have just been faulty, but the really bad engrish writing all over it has me thinking otherwise. I told it to send it back if she could, but I would love to have opened it up to see what was actually inside.

What would we do without the Chinese for fake products or parody versions of official products like the ipad with iped? Lots of interesting ways to fake a customer but also teaches them at the same time that the world is a dangerous place. Especially on the internets. Always do your research before buying anything.

Morisato said,
What would we do without the Chinese for fake products or parody versions of official products like the ipad with iped? Lots of interesting ways to fake a customer but also teaches them at the same time that the world is a dangerous place. Especially on the internets. Always do your research before buying anything.

+1

Someone brought us a 400GB Sony VAIO flash disk of obvious Chinese build. It showed as 400GB but you couldn't repartition or format it as anything over 32mb

reminds me of the story of the "cut all your bills in half" con - tons of ppl sent money to receive a pair of scissors !

there one born every minute :rotf:

Nadja said,
reminds me of the story of the "cut all your bills in half" con - tons of ppl sent money to receive a pair of scissors !

there one born every minute :rotf:

Thanks genius! LOL

Started to read the article, clicked on the Ashen's video link and then just had to watch more of his great videos. Screw this article

Pupik said,
Started to read the article, clicked on the Ashen's video link and then just had to watch more of his great videos. Screw this article

Funny thing is, he's a genius when it comes to reviewing knockoff stuff

Denis W said,

Funny thing is, he's a genius when it comes to reviewing knockoff stuff

Yeah I love watching his videos. I click onto his channel a few times a week to see if there's anything new. On that note - the first frame of his latest video is creeepy as hell! I have to push it forward a few seconds if I want to browse that page. xD

Pupik said,
Started to read the article, clicked on the Ashen's video link and then just had to watch more of his great videos. Screw this article

I did the same thing, the man knows how to put things in perspective.

I know it wasn't sold on eBay, but...
A few years ago I got burned by buying a cheap flash drive on eBay. It was fake and said it was 16gb when it probably only had 2gb and failed when I tried to copy stuff to it. It sucks, but I learned to never buy flash drives on eBay again, and I didn't pay much for it. It's annoying to get burned but I figure with all the other tons of good deals I'm still in the positive, lol.

roadwarrior said,

For a wiz kid, you can't read very well. The drive wasn't bought on eBay.

yeah, but the article did say

"You are probably all too familiar with some malicious eBay sellers selling portable electronics - cell phones, music players, handheld game consoles - for unbelievably low prices, only for the recipient to open the box and find dead weights inside the box"

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I know it wasn't sold on eBay, but...
A few years ago I got burned by buying a cheap flash drive on eBay. It was fake and said it was 16gb when it probably only had 2gb and failed when I tried to copy stuff to it. It sucks, but I learned to never buy flash drives on eBay again, and I didn't pay much for it. It's annoying to get burned but I figure with all the other tons of good deals I'm still in the positive, lol.

similar situation I just took the chip back and got a refund it's difficult to determine it's a fake when it's the same price as an original >_>

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I know it wasn't sold on eBay, but...
A few years ago I got burned by buying a cheap flash drive on eBay. It was fake and said it was 16gb when it probably only had 2gb and failed when I tried to copy stuff to it. It sucks, but I learned to never buy flash drives on eBay again, and I didn't pay much for it. It's annoying to get burned but I figure with all the other tons of good deals I'm still in the positive, lol.

similar situation I just took the chip back and got a refund it's difficult to determine it's a fake when it's the same price as the original >_>

computerwizkid said,
Reason to not use Ebay.

Not really. You should buy from "Power Sellers", sellers registered as companies, sellers who have been on eBay for a long time, read feedback (over all the negative ones to see what the seller replies), and use always the Buy It Now option. Using this, I have never been given a fake or anything.

computerwizkid said,
Reason to not use Ebay.

Funny that this wasn't bought from eBay.

But the upside to eBay in a situation like this is that it's dead easy to get your money back. Just make sure you pay using Paypal.