Russian customer scammed by Chinese hard drive trickery

By on April 10, 2011
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Two bolts for a 500GB hard drive.


Chinese manufacturers are known to build near-identical clones of popular devices, including mobile phones, tablets, and even game consoles. Remember SQNY Homestation? Stories of such devices are legendary, especially when  some of them actually turn out to be good knock-offs. In today’s story, that’s not the case, but it still has the charismatic touch of a Chinese knockoff, alright!

A Russian customer crossed river to China to buy a Samsung 500GB HDD from a store, which he found at an unbelievably low price. Unaware of the the country’s legendary craft, the customer brought one after being convinced the HDD was ‘real’ and in working condition. The store salesman even transferred a file to the drive to demonstrate that it was.

However, when the user went home and tried to transfer a large movie file, he would only be able to save just a few mins of it. Thinking the drive was acting up, he took it to a repair shop to have it checked up. The service center, all to familiar with such knock-offs, instantly knew what was coming. This:

Turns out, the 500GB hard drive is just two heavy bolts. The actual drive, a tiny 128MB flash drive was constructed in such a way that it would be read as a 500GB drive on Windows. When the drive would fill up, instead of throwing an error, it would just ‘loop’ the transfer over and over again!

While we do sympathize with the scammed customer, the HDD does look like a sleek paper weight if he chooses to use it as one. Alternatively, it can also be used to give it as a gift to fool friends and family. I know I would!


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • Keshav

    There is an old proverb or saying in “HINDI / URDU” ” Mehga roye ek bar, Sasta roye bar bar” means
    you spend one time for a costlier version but again and again for a cheaper version. In every device /
    product you can find this but except in textiles where a cheaper quality of yarn – cloth with more exotic print -for ladies clothing can sell at higher price than a good quality yarn-cloth but only with regular popular print.

    • Mufaddal Fakhruddin

      I guess the textile industry is following Apple then.

  • mo

    Pity the russian voided the warranty by having it opened

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