How to detect fake micro sd cards

From time to time, company’s will continue to produce original and fake products  too. And in the era of micro SD cards, there is no exception. Most of these come from China but can be from anywhere so you should check the SD card out carefully when you receive it and don’t just go for the SD card because it is cheap.

A lot of people have fall victims of having fake micro sd cards, and it doesn’t just happen to be only in Nigeria, other continents and country’s are also among. Indeed, Counterfeit memory cards have now spread throughout the marketplace. Packaging on the cards can make it difficult to distinguish a fake SD card from the real thing.

What is the joy of purchasing a Micro SD card of 32GB worth many money currencies, and on inserting it into your phone, you discover, it can accept 4GB files? Fake SD card make your photos, videos, musics etc to disappear.

For example, a card may have as little as 8GB of actual storage space, but the label on it may read 64GB. The worse part is that your device may also “see” it as a 64GB card – firmware hacks are a common practice and allow this to happen.

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How to check if your Micro SD card is fake or original?

Undoubtedly, there are simpler ways that allows you to check if your Micro SD card is original or counterfeits, fake. And they are also apps, software that does the magic too.

Basic steps

The basic or first steps to check if your micro SD card is fake or otherwise, you will have to fill more than half of the memory card, with photos, videos, musics, and then see if you can the open/play last ones you have written to the memory chip.

A a good chip they will all work, on a bad chip only the first 4GB or 8GB will NOT work. OR after filling the memory card with documents, then retrieve it back, try to check all the videos and pictures.

In fact, your device can and will try to write data to the gigs that don’t exist. This will either overwrite existing data or result in an error. In either case, your data may get corrupted irreversibly.

On top of all this, fake microSD cards are guaranteed to be slow at reading and writing data. They can be so painfully sluggish that they may have a serious impact on a phone’s performance, causing it to lag or even crash.

Other basic steps includes

*. Labels: The labels on the fake are stamped poorly. Hence, a low print quality is something, we all should look for.

*. Design: Most micro sd card arrives with archaic design on the top and bottom of the sd card. Look around the edges of the micro sd card, most times, the colored area on the fake doesn’t extends around the edges of the card but the original does. Check the edges, if it rhythm very well.

*. Brand name: Most times, brand is very important. Any Micro SD card with no brand name on them is something of a wonder. It gives green light that the SD card won’t work and if there’s a name, check it properly, probably, there would be a label mistake.

*. Packaging: Another basic step, you should check for is the packaging. Most of the packaging are forgetfully left out with no information about the card’s capacity. Samsung, Sandisk, Kingston and many others aren’t left out.

*. Price: The cost of the micro sd card also matters, you can’t purchase a Samsung 256GB micro sd card for just $15,= or $50! Common on, the costs starts from $100+ and above.

*. Colors: Also part of the design too, but check the coloring of the micro sd card, you are about purchasing. Compare it with other micro sd card, and if any of the micro sd card color is lighter and poorly printed, you might want to drop it.

Using SD Insight app

But this comes handy, when you must have purchase the micro sd card or trying to test it out, there on the office or front of the person, you want to buy it from!

Another simple and easiest way is by using the SD Insight Android app. It works perfectly and efficiently. The SD Insight app is a free, fast and easy to use application that you use on your cell phone.

Within seconds the application reads the technical details from your SD card and displays the information in an easy to understand format.

All you have to do is to:
– Download SD Insight HERE via Google Play store
– Insert it into your Android phone
– Launch the SD Insight application
– Then, then app will automatically read the details of the Micro SD card. Details that would displayed includes manufacturer’s name, date of manufacture, product name and serial number.
– If you have more than one memory card in your device, you will also be able to see details for each of the memory cards.
– You can also view validation of the SDCard against its class rating for the minimum data transfer rate (e.g. Classes 2, 4, 6 and 10).

Note: SD Insight is not compatible with some Android 7.0+ handsets.

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How to avoid buying a fake microSD card?

It is always advisable to purchase your devices, gadgets, smartphone accessories, such as Micro SD card from a well-known retail shop.

Getting your gadgets, devices from a reputable and respectable online and offline electronics store is as safe as never.

When trying to get one of those your stuffs from online or offline stores, also check the price too. Already aforementioned, you can’t get a Samsung 256GB micro sd card that costs over $100 on Amazon for just $10 – $50. You are invariably buying FAKE!

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