Hi again Frank, sorry I had to go off-line for a bit.
If in this case the drive size does turn out to be genuine and the only drawback you're having at the moment is the FAT32 file system, then attempt to transfer as much as 3.99GB of data into it.
If it works, and upon transfer, you can actually still see everything you have transferred; then the problem isn't it being a fake.
If on the other hand, you have transferred a 3.99GB folder and when you try to access it, it turns out to be empty, then you know that FAKE is what we're facing here.
There's no easy way to do this, and indeed there are many people out-there with similar problems which turns out, the drive was genuine, it just had a fault and could not be converted to NTFS. In this case, if you're really keen in making use of the benefits NTFS has to offer, the only advice would be to send the faulty drive back to the seller and exchange for one that works.
Anyway Frank, if you try the above and the drive is fake, here's a tool that is much easier to use than the one I referred you to before.HERE
Funny enough, this is an HP utility that seems to have the power to work with any brand, and has also helped me fix these fake drives for my customers and friends many times.
I also got this from a website I visited about this tool:
October 25, 2008 at 17:17
I bought a “16Gb Samsung” from this qiongzhuzhijia. It turned out to only have a 4Gb chip on board (SpecTek FBNL52A32K3W2) with AU6983HL controller. I couldn’t get any of the Alcor MP tools to recognise it in order to re-flash it to the correct size.
I found a reference to a HP Tool, designed for their DriveKey sticks to make them bootable, which seems to have done the business for my stick.
I simply ran the HP Drive Key Boot Utility, and told it to make the stick bootable, and not only did it put a bunch of files on there (which I promptly deleted), but it changed the capacity of the device to it’s correct 4Gb (from 16Gb). I didn’t get the opportunity to specify the size, so it either works it out itself, or it always selects 4Gb, I’m afraid I don’t know.
Unlike an MP Tools flash which properly “fixed” my other stick (an 8Gb, really 2Gb stick from Lianghk2007), the HP tool does things slightly differently. If you look at the drive with the windows Disk Management tool, it’s capacity is still set to 16Gb, however, it now has a 4Gb partition (with 12Gb unused space). The 4Gb partition passes the H2TestW test no problem. I wondered whether the HP format might be a good solution for those sticks that people can’t re-flash properly.
BTW – I got full refunds from both Lianghk2007, and qiongzhuzhijia as soon as I reported them to eBay/PayPal.
And here is how to use the utility. HERE