When buying cheap stuff make sure not to buy from dodgy seller that offer price that is too good to be true:
A Russian friend of mine has posted this absolutely amazing story.
He works at a hard-drive repair center in a Russian town right next to the Chinese border. A couple of days ago a customer has brought a broken 500Gb USB-drive that he had bought in a Chinese store across the river, for an insanely low price. But the drive was not working: if you, say, save a movie onto the drive, playing the saved movie back resulted in replaying just the last 5 minutes of the film.
The whole service center was rolling on the floor laughing. This was not the first time someone has brought a disk like that. And the previous drives were also bought in China… They opened up the drive right in front of the astonished customer. This is what they saw:
It’s a 128-MB flash-drive. Working in a “looped” mode - when it runs out of space, it starts overwriting from the beginning. My friend said they’re still trying to figure out how did the Chinese do that. Because the drive reports “correct” file sizes and disk-capacity. And the “looped-overwriting” does not touch the other files present on the drive.
The device looks pretty convincing - lots of tech labels and stuff… The Chinese salesman even saved something to the drive to demonstrate that it “works” in the store.
1 lesson to learn, never buy any cheap stuff from China. They are seriously clever in doing this kind of things.
heck…they also invented fake eggs and causes other seller from other country to follow what they r are doing…
Anyone else encounter this problem b4, beside whatman’s friend.
wow recycle the old pen drive which no one is using. that remind me, i still got a 256mb which i bought for rm 230. that time i still so proud of myself for having such a big capacity pen drive among my friend and thinking it cost less than a riggit for 1 mb… recently bought a 2tb hdd for 310… what a big different
I recalled back my friend’s laptop, which has been hacked with the name Intel Core 2 Duo with ATI Radeon DX10 graphics and 2GB RAM, who knows it was eventually a Celeron with Intel graphics and 128MB RAM… China’s strategy quite cheat nowadays…
WTF!!! first time ic this ==||| well this better liao lo… the one i saw long time b4 is the china guy put ebay sell hdd… then got ppl buy. looks 100% like in picture. but…once open the hdd. just a branded plastic casing with the “USB plug” only! probly cut out from a mouse or something…the rest empty lo hahahahah