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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by san4o, Oct 11, 2018.

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  1. san4o

    san4o Thread Starter

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    Hi! Ordered ChipsBnk 2TB USB drive and when I got it, I started putting files on it, but when I tried to open the files, it showed that it need formatting. I changed from FAT32 to NTFS and uncheked fast format. Unfortunately I had to run and put my laptop on sleep before it ended (but I think it was actually stuck from the beggining anyway). After I got back, I tried to format it, but it did not respond. Took it out and put it back in, and now it shows only as hidden and I can not do anything with it. I can see it in device manager, but uninstalling/disabling/updating does not help. Tried also EaseUS partition master, but it does not see the USB drive, although if I remove it or insert it back while EaseUS is open, then it ask if I want to update disk information. Any ideas?
     
  2. managed

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    If it's a 2TB Usb stick it's probably a fake, if it's an external Usb hard drive maybe not.

    Is it a stick or a drive and how much did you pay for it ?
     
  3. plodr

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    42 ChipsBank USB sticks shown on Alibaba
    https://www.alibaba.com/showroom/chipsbank-flash-disk.html
    I think this is the largest I've seen
    A wooden encased USB stick in a wooden box, with a size of 1TB for at most $29!!! No way.

    https://www.myce.com/news/aware-fake-2tb-usb-sticks-amazon-can-cause-data-loss-83202/
     
  4. lynx1021

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    Maybe he means 2 GB instead of 2 TB
     
  5. san4o

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    https://www.wish.com/product/5b5452e754420b1a3f7327ff
    2TB USB stick. Pile of reviews that it's working. It showed 1.9 TB the first time I put it in. Is it possible I ruined it with putting my laptop on sleep in the middle of formatting? How long actually should formatting even go? (quick formatting unchecked)
     
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    It's a fake. Post a link to reviews that say it works.
     
  7. Triple6

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    Most reviews for fake products are just as fake as the products themselves.
     
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    Exactly, that's why I asked for a link.
     
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    $16 for a 2TB USB stick is dead giveaway it's fake junk regardless of what nay reviews says. These devices simply report a fake size but contain a much smaller size that tends to overwrite itself to seem bigger in some cases.

    Here's a video that explains it:
     
  11. san4o

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    Ok, thanks guys, so I was just scamed and did not ruin it myself :D As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, then it is
     
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