[qanda]This thread is about the Transcend flash memory card - 16 GB - CompactFlash. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Hey everyone. Just curious about something, and was wondering if any Flash experts here could help me figure this out.
I was looking around for cheap, high capacity Compact Flash cards, when I spotted this: http://www.aflashstore.com/B000W0BC7I/M/B000W0BC7I.htm
Check out the 1 star review by an unnamed author:
Don't format the card when you clear it off!!!!! Jun 15, 2008
This is a great card, would have gotten 5 stars if it didn't go from a 16gb card to an 8gb card. Thanks!
Word of advice, when clearing the card off, DO NOT FORMAT IT, delete everything.... My card is now only 8gb and trying to reformat it on OS X or WinXP still pushes it to only 8gb. I have no idea how to restore the full amount of space...
Other than that, the card is fine. I just wish I had the other 8gb now...
It reminded me of something I read in Wikipedia's Compact Flash article:
There is extensive marketplace competition for sales of all brands of flash memory. As a result counterfeiting is quite widespread. Under their own brand, or while imitating another, unscrupulous flash memory card manufacturers may sell low-capacity cards formatted to indicate a higher capacity, or else use types of memory which are not intended for extensive rewriting.
Does this suggest that the reviewers experience, if true, is the result of he/she having recieved a somehow maliciously overformatted card? (What is even the term for that?) How does that even work?
This kinda affects me cause I've bought a few CF cards, likely will in the future, and I usually look for a bargain.