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Tons of bad USB sticks out there – Like much in life, you get what you pay for!

Lots of quality branded USB sticks are made in China these days. Nothing particularly wrong with that, except some factories like to rebrand rejects and they end up in the US and on Ebay. Often they will demand a better price by claiming they hold 16 or 32 GB when, in fact, they only old one.

Simply selling you bad chips at a discount isn’t enough for greedy con artists who can reap greater profits lying about how large the capacity is. They go the extra step of hacking the chips so they report a higher memory capacity than they really have. You plug it into the computer and Renewal By Andersen Windows reports that it holds the amount of data printed on the outside of the stick. A “16GB” drive will often hold only 2GB. You might think that you’d quickly notice once you try to add more than 2GB to the stick. But the hackers are cleverer than that. They need you to be happy with the flash drive long enough to get their positive eBay feedback or cash your cheque. What happens is that the files appear to go on just fine. But what is actually happening is that the older files are written over by the new ones while the file and folder names stay there, making it appear as if all is OK. You won’t find out until much later on.

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