Have you ever been a victim of fake memory cards or flash drives? Nowadays, these things are imported from China and their authenticity is highly questionable. Gone are the days when we used to enjoy the quality SD cards that came with our Nokia phones. Some memory cards and flash drives are even properly packaged like genuine, but you still end up being disappointed while using it.
For example, I’ve once bought a finely packaged Transcend 4GB flash drive, only to discover that I can’t transfer any other file with it outside pictures. I’ve had 4GB and 8GB memory cards that just stopped working all of a sudden. One funny case, I’ve a 4GB memory card (still lies around till today), with music, books etc. On it, you can access the files and play the music but you can’t delete or add any file to it. After deleting any file from it comes back. Format the card, its clean, re-insert it back and all the files in it return back exactly how it was before magically 🙂 . You can imagine how frustrating that can be. I got a tip on how to test for original memory card and flash drives. I’ve been using it for a while and it hasn’t failed me yet .
1.) Insert the flash drive or memory card (using a card reader) into a Windows system
2.) Once it loads, open My Computer, select the Memory card or flash drive and right click.
3.) Select Format and untick Quick Format.
4.) Now open File system and pick NTFS. Click Start
If it formats successfully, it means the SD card or flash drive is useable, if it doesn’t format successfully, then its bad (You don enter one chance).
This method is not fool proof, your own case might be different, but this is how I test for authenticity of memory cards/flash drives, if you know a different method, feel free to share. This has been my experience, so far if you’ve had worse encounters with memory cards and flash drives, sorry.
My next post will still be on storage issues, Anticipate 😎
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