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#1 yoyosmuggler

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 02:34 AM

Hey guys I have a flash drive that is telling me I can't delete files or add files because it is write protected. After I bought it I out 2 GB of music on it but I wanted to empty the drive and put different files.

 

This is supposedly a 1-Terabyte thumb drive but I highly doubt it really is and whoever made it put files to trick your OS into displaying a different capacity than there really is. I only paid $12 so that should have been a dead giveaway.

 

I tried to format it but it won't let me so I ran a CMD to try and clear the write protection. attached is the text from CMD window. Any thoughts, guidance, and suggestions would be awesome.


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Posted 17 November 2015 - 02:51 AM

It's a fake that has firmware that lies about the capacity. If it has worked until now, you've been lucky. Bin it and get something decent.

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 03:00 AM

Hi yoyosmuggler,

 

I'm with Platypus on this one, but for your entertainment have a look at these and scroll down to the Kingston (what a price jump)

 

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/1tb-usb-flash-drive

 

Good luck

 

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 07:03 PM

Thanks guys. From what I understand, Kingston is the only flash drive made that is really 1-T.

 

I aint paying that much for a damn thumb drive. I'd rather just get another external. What do you think about this Transcend  I prefer Seagate because I've never had a problem with them. I want one that just runs off the USB, doesn't need other power, and has USB 3.0 for speed. What are you guys recommending with those parameters these days?


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Posted 18 November 2015 - 05:53 PM

IMO...it's always better to get a drive that reflects an auxiliary power pack...rather than rely on USB to power it.  And I would make sure that the drive has an "on/off" button/switch, rather than being always "on".

 

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Posted 18 November 2015 - 08:05 PM

Thank you Louis. I don't see the value in having an external drive that needs a secondary power source. Sometimes you don't have the option to plug it in somewhere. I don't see the purpose in having an on off switch in a drive that only runs while plugged in.

 

Essentially I'm looking for recommendations on an external drive because I haven't kept up with the new drives and their evolution. I suppose an SSD would be the the way to go for longevity because you won't wear out a disk. I believe SSD's would be more expensive but I'll deal with that.

 

My must haves

 

USB 3.0 for speed

1-T or greater size

General drive specs for speed

some type of security

no secondary power source needed

 

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Posted 18 November 2015 - 08:10 PM

Would the Flash Drive that is write protected happen to be made by Sandisk?



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Posted 19 November 2015 - 12:54 AM

Would the Flash Drive that is write protected happen to be made by Sandisk?

I have no idea who manufactures it but I got it from wish/geek smarter shopping. I got a few things off there for really cheap and they were good/functional but this seems like it really was too good to be true that you get a 1-T thumb drive for $18. I thought it was $12. It is listed as "New 100% real capacity U disk stainless" I has shiny electroplating that de-laminates after some use and it has a spring loaded pin at the top hook so you can add it to a key chain. I tried UT_USB_BT400 and RMPrepUSB to try and verify what the true capacity was but neither of those did much for me the UI in those 2 suck.


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Posted 19 November 2015 - 09:04 AM

Sorry, I missed the post that it was 1TB. Yes, as previously posted it is a fake. Genuine 1TB flash drives drives are $800 or higher. 

 

http://www.ebay.com/cln/tnimitz0/cheap-tb-fraud-fake-capacity-usb-flash-drives/167555477015

 

You may be able to recover the drives by replacing the firmware but it really isn't worth it. Did you use ChipGenius as shown on the RMPrepUSB site?






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