How To Test If Your Memory Card is Fake or Original. A blog around memory card testing and fake cards.
Every time you write stuff on your memory card, it needs to be re-written in a different place on the card. In case there is not enough space available, the camera will tell you that your card is full.
A truly fake SD card will just overwrite the same data over and over again, while telling your camera that there is still plenty of space available.
Because of this principle, you can actually test if your SD card is fake or original by writing data to it until is full. Then format it and see if you get more space or not. The easiest way to do this would probably be to take a large video with your camera.
How to Test If Your Memory Card is Fake or Original
This blog will help you test if your memory card is fake or original. Here we go…
Fake memory cards are everywhere, and it’s hard to spot them because they look so real. They usually look and feel like the real thing, and often have a convincing hologram placed on them.
The easiest way to determine if a card is fake is to look at the packaging. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. But what if you bought the memory card online? Some bogus cards even claim high capacities and are sold in official-looking packaging. If a 16GB card is being sold for $5.00, alarm bells should start ringing in your head. You can’t get a bargain like that unless the product is a fake.
Fake memory cards may have the right capacity printed on them but don’t have the storage space that their label says they do. For example, a 1GB MicroSD card may only have 500MB of storage space available for use. So how do you check this? Fortunately, there are ways to find out if your card is legitimate or not before you end up with corrupted files or other issues when trying to save data to it.
This blog is all about fake memory cards and how to test them. I will show you some ways to test if your memory card is fake or original.
What’s a fake memory card?
A memory card is said to be fake when it contains less storage capacity than the one mentioned on the packaging and in the product name. For example, a 2 GB card whose actual capacity is 1 GB or 512 MB is called a fake memory card. A 2 GB card whose actual capacity is 4 GB or 8 GB is an original one.
There are several ways to check whether your memory card is fake or not. The easiest way to do this task is write down all your data on your computer and format the memory card. Then copy/paste any kind of content in it, until it fills up with data. Check the size of the content you have copied/pasted in bytes by right clicking on the folder and choosing properties option. According to me, this method will give you quite accurate results about whether your memory card is fake or original.
Fake memory cards, also called substandard or copy cards are a problem for every digital camera owner.
There are three main ways to test if your flash card is fake or original:
1. You can use the H2testw software to check the read and write speed of your card. This is free and easy.
2. You can open the memory card and check the chip inside (not recommended) but it works only with SD cards. In addition, some newer and fakes are sealed so that you cannot open them anymore.
3. Using a professional memory card tester like the Hama Memory Card Checker is fast and easy but it costs money.
The Problem With Fake Memory Cards
Cards with a capacity of up to 64 GB are currently available in stores, which means there is a huge market for flash memory chips with a huge profit potential. Unfortunately, this also makes fake memory cards more attractive for criminals since they can make an easy profit margin by selling cheap flash units with false data storage capacity labels on them. Here is what you have to consider: The production of such fake or substandard memory cards is not illegal in many countries so you have to be careful when buying one from non-official sources!
There is a way to know if your memory card is fake or original, just follow the steps below.
1. Download H2testw 1.4 from this link: http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOF…
2. Format your memory card or USB pen drive using Windows format tool (right click and format).
3. Extract H2testw to your desktop
4. Double click on H2testw icon
5. Select the drive you want to test, then select the option ‘Write + Verify’. Note that the test will take some time depending on the size of your drive to be tested
6. If you see a message like ‘The media is likely to be faulty’ then your memory card or USB pen drive is fake and you should ask for a refund or change it with a new one
The blog is about memory cards and how to identify fake ones. Fake memory cards are very wide spread, especially in places like China, India, and Russia, but also in other countries.
Fake flash cards are a serious problem for consumers and the blog provides help for people who want to identify these fakes and stay away from them. It is not possible to tell from the outside if a card is fake or not, so visual inspection does not help.
The test described in this blog will show if a card really has the capacity it claims to have. If your 16GB memory card only reports having 8GB on it, then you have a fake one and should return it immediately to the store where you bought it.
If you are a digital camera user, you probably have a bunch of SD cards. Whether you use them for your DSLR or for your smartphone, these memory cards are a great solution to store photos, videos and even documents. Unfortunately, not all SD cards are created equal. And there is a lot of false ones on the market. There is a lot of fake memory cards (or rather cards with less capacity than advertised).
If you buy a new SD card from a no name brand or on auction sites like eBay, there is chances that it’s false. You can buy it for cheap but when you fill the card to the maximum and wonder where all the space went and look at the properties of the card, you will be surprised. It will tell you that your 16Gb card has only 6 Gb capacity!