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Hairyloon

Unbelievably cheap: so what's the catch?

Rummaging about on ebay the other day I happened upon somebody selling 256GB memory cards for 7.99...
That's more than twice the size of the HDD in this machine: HTF do they do it?

Or put another way: at that price, surely there must be something wrong with them?
buzzy

They are probably just bits of plastic with printing on them.

The local TSA spoke about cheap memory cards on the wireless the other week. Some are 'genuine' but factory rejects, some are cheap versions labelled as top quality brands, and some are indeed just bits of labelled plastic.

Caveat emptor.

Henry
Hairyloon

Ebay does have reasonably good buyer protection so I thought it was worth a gamble, but I think it best to give it a thorough test before putting it to use.

I've found this software, which appears to be the right kind of thing.
I'll report back with the results in due course...

First result is that google translate messes up download links.
Try here if you're looking for the file.
jema

There have been a lot of such cards that fail to last or have less capacity than advertised.
Hairyloon

There have been a lot of such cards that fail to last or have less capacity than advertised.

They are cheap enough that I wouldn't mind a reduced capacity, but I expect problems if the capacity is less than the computer thinks it is. Is there a way to resolve that issue?
On a normal HDD, you'd mark up the bad blocks as unusable I think...
Nick

Ebay does have reasonably good buyer protection so I thought it was worth a gamble, but I think it best to give it a thorough test before putting it to use.

I've found this software, which appears to be the right kind of thing.
I'll report back with the results in due course...

First result is that google translate messes up download links.
Try here if you're looking for the file.



The Ebay protection is great, but how long it lasts... If the memory card is great when it arrives, but lasts 90 days, I doubt it'd cover you. But, memory is tumbling in price, unless you own an iDevice, so it might be a steal.
Hairyloon

The Ebay protection is great, but how long it lasts... If the memory card is great when it arrives, but lasts 90 days, I doubt it'd cover you...
Hence wanting to give it a thorough test straight away.
Hairyloon

It should surprise nobody that the cards are not good. Seemed good to start with: I dumped a load of data onto it and it seemed happy enough, but then not.

Fair play to the dealer though: she does advise to format them before you start, and gave a refund without fuss, so that's a free card if I can find a way to use what's usable of it...
I assume you can't do anything simple like mark up the bad block, as you would with a traditional drive.
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