Is my SSD fake??

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Found 12th Feb 2017
I purchased an SSD from ebay, a Kingston V300 SSDNow 60GB as a boot drive for my PC. I have installed the drive but when running a benchmark I noticed it is being picked up as a 'Kingson' rather than 'Kingston' and I can't find any trace of the supposed firmware number anywhere.

Finally, the Kingston SSD Manager program doesn't recognise the drive, and in fact crashes each time I try to use it.

I will upload a pic of the benchmark results, which are also horrific, that confirm it being picked up as a 'Kingson'.

Thanks.
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Original Poster
Any idea how I can upload a pic here? Thanks.

Doesn't seem to allow a tinypic link.
Most likely fake
seems to be fake to me. what / where is the seller?
Similar discussion a few weeks ago, maybe view post 9 here: hotukdeals.com/mis…525
Sounds dodgy as... I was stung by a few SD cards being fake on eBay, I just don't bother anymore and buy from more reliable shops.
Probably fake
Original Poster
Having looked at the thread listed above, I'm pretty sure it's fake. Sad news is that I actually bought three of these drives! I'm remarkably frustrated to put it mildly. The most frustrating aspect is that the seller has over 50,000 feedback at around 98% positive so would have expected them to be genuine.

Any idea where I stand now? I've emailed seller but not confident of a return. Spent almost £80 on them :-(
How did you pay for them? CC Or Paypal?
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BagABargain78

How did you pay for them? CC Or Paypal?



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Get your money back mate. eBay is full of fake SSDs and fake micro SD cards etc. Only time I've managed to get a genuine SSD off eBay is a second hand one otherwise the other 3 I've purchased have all been either fake branded or fake capacity
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The_IMF

Get your money back mate. eBay is full of fake SSDs and fake micro SD … Get your money back mate. eBay is full of fake SSDs and fake micro SD cards etc. Only time I've managed to get a genuine SSD off eBay is a second hand one otherwise the other 3 I've purchased have all been either fake branded or fake capacity



How easy is it to get money back?
Very easy mate. Open case on eBay, explain them that you buy fake SSD, seller gives you wrong description...
Once my wife bought MS Office - pirate version on eBay.. they refunded her purchase in one week time...
Original Poster
Thanks, just done that now.
I've inadvertently bought a fake micro SD card and Samsung chargers on Ebay in the past, each time I've been given a refund without any problems. In fact in the case of the chargers it was actually the sellers that provided the refund without having to go through ebay/paypal! I'm sure you'll get your money back
What's inside these fake SSDs ?
kester76

What's inside these fake SSDs ?




yes, what a good idea..... open it up. he'll definitely get his money back then.
jonnithomas

yes, what a good idea..... open it up. he'll definitely get his money … yes, what a good idea..... open it up. he'll definitely get his money back then.


It was a generalised question
Found out my answer though and it was more indepth than I expected. Turns out you can get the fake couple of bolts in a case with a usb memory stick to sata connection and the more alarming part of a real SSD with rebranded faulty memory sold to a legit SSD manufacturer.

thessdreview.com/dai…ry/
Funghi

How easy is it to get money back?



​very easy fortunately for u. open a case item not as described fake item.
There are a number of GENUINE Chinese brands that use the word "King"; "KingSpec" and "KingDian" spring to mind; are you sure you ordered a "Kingston"??

I have had both of the above mentioned makes and both were very good, the KingSpec is still in use, several years after I bought it, although the KingDian control chip died an early death and had to be returned (under warranty).
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Gentle_Giant

There are a number of GENUINE Chinese brands that use the word "King"; … There are a number of GENUINE Chinese brands that use the word "King"; "KingSpec" and "KingDian" spring to mind; are you sure you ordered a "Kingston"??I have had both of the above mentioned makes and both were very good, the KingSpec is still in use, several years after I bought it, although the KingDian control chip died an early death and had to be returned (under warranty).



Hi, yes it was definitely a Kingston V300 SSD now... or at least it was meant to be
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