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How To Spot A Fake SD Card (Memory Card)


          SanDisk Micro SD cards has been around in the mobile spare part market for as far back as two decades. This was due to the originality of their products and its durability. Unfortunately, this particular memory card is the most pirated Micro SD in Nigeria (I trust my Aba Boys). This has made it hard to get an original SanDisk Micro SD card in most Nigerian smartphone hub because the market has been flooded with the pirated copies.
           Most Nigerians do not have prior knowledge about these things before rushing to Computer Village to get a memory card for their new phones,mp3 players, card reader e.t.c.
Simply because brothers watch out for each other,I am going to highlight how you can easily spot a fake memory card whenever you have the need for one.

1.  Container/ SD Card Label

      If the information on the memory card pack is not the same with what’s on the memory card itself, simply ask for another one with matching information. For example, if SDXC is boldly printed on the memory card pack and the maker of the memory card itself, i.e. the label on the memory card is MicroSDHC, kindly move to the next and to the next until you find one that is original.


2. Unboxing

       When you remove the pack to get the main thing, the memory card, you should be aware that an original SanDisk SD Card is protected by a fine cut white paper while the other one does not have any form of protection whatsoever.

3. Card Reader

       One of my close pals bought a memory card the other day and guess what? The instructions on the memory card reader were written in Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba and the worst part was the fact that the SD Card did not last up to a week before it started misbehaving. What I am saying in essence is, if you notice this kind on inscription on the card reader of the memory card you want to  buy, kindly move to another shop.

4. SD Card(Rear View)

     The front side of an original SanDisk memory card has its serial number written with faded brown and China, boldly writen as the manufacturing company. This can be easily confirmed by taking the memory card under a bright light in order to see the almost faded inscriptions.

 5. SD Card Insight

       In the case you still can’t figure out if the memory card you want to buy is the real deal or not after all the tips above, there’s a less stressful approach but this is only applicable if the seller permits you to insert the SD Card into your smartphone before payment. All you have to do is navigate to the Playstore app [Android market place], search for and download “SD Card Insight”, once installed, run the application and it’ll present you with details about the memory card that’s inserted in your device. If the information displayed on your phone’s screen is the same as what you have on the memory card pack, you can go ahead and purchase the external storage device, if not, find another mobile store nearby and run this check again till you find one that’s worth buying. 

       I hope the next time you are in need of a memory card for any of your gadgets you will put the above points into consideration in order not to fall for the cheap scam of some jobless Nigerians.

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