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How to identify a FAKE Memory Stick Pro Duo with a PSP system


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#1 Nephilim

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 08:31 PM

Be very careful buying Memory Sticks of any kind on eBay or Amazon third party sellers.

Most of the eBay ones are FAKE. ALL of them from dealextreme.com are FAKES

They are packaged exactly the same, look the same and even work fine in some cases.

So who cares if it is fake?
You will when your data gets corrupted or the stick just plain dies.

Here is how you can tell for sure if you have a PSP and are testing a Memory Stick Pro Duo

-Navigate to your Memory stick
-Press Triangle
-Press X on 'Information'

If next to "MagicGate" it says "Supported". memory stick is Genuine
If next to "MagicGate" it says "Unknown". memory stick if FAKE.

Edited by Nephilim, 03 December 2012 - 12:54 AM.


#2 briandadude

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 02:37 AM

Just buy a Sandisk.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:51 AM

Just buy a Sandisk.



Um, what? Sony and Sandisk brands both are copied and sold as FAKES. I have even seen Lexar fakes.

By and large though, it is Sony and Sandisk that can be FAKES.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 07:18 AM

Um, what? Sony and Sandisk brands both are copied and sold as FAKES. I have even seen Lexar fakes.

By and large though, it is Sony and Sandisk that can be FAKES.


Fair enough. Only buy from Buy.com, Amazon.com, or Fry's. Brick & Mortar stores historically lag in pricing.

#5 Nephilim

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:35 PM

Fair enough. Only buy from Buy.com, Amazon.com, or Fry's. Brick & Mortar stores historically lag in pricing.


This is pretty much implied in the OP, but yes, buying from a known retailer is your best bet.

eBay, Dealextreme, Amazon third party, these would be things to avoid for buying Memory Sticks of any kind.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 10:02 AM

http://www.amazon.co...KY312X&v=glance

http://www.amazon.co...?tag=slickdeals

im assuming the cheaper one could be a fake??
kinda off topic but related...
are psps only compatible with certain pro duo cards?
im seeing "pro duo platinum II" and "MARK2"...does these cards also work with the psp?
thanks

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 05:49 AM

http://www.amazon.co...KY312X&v=glance

http://www.amazon.co...?tag=slickdeals

im assuming the cheaper one could be a fake??
kinda off topic but related...
are psps only compatible with certain pro duo cards?
im seeing "pro duo platinum II" and "MARK2"...does these cards also work with the psp?
thanks


PSP will work with ANY Pro Duo stick, Mark 2 and Ultra II, etc just have faster write and read speeds that are only noticeable with cameras or when transferring to pc from PSP.

MOST amazon third party sticks are FAKE, if the price is too good to be true, you will get a FAKE. Problem is the packaging and stick look absolutely flipping identical. The only way to tell is the procedure above.

#8 Foo228

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Posted 25 December 2008 - 08:55 PM

Nice, checked the one I have and it's supported. No surprise, as its the 4gb from staples a while back.

Good idea.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 09:40 PM

I bought 2 fakes from eBay knowing they were fakes (Sony 8GB MS) and both work great. The only thing lacking is the speed of Magic Gate but it's no biggie. I got about 7.5GB of ISO's on each MS.

Some fakes are crap and others are not as bad as some make them out to be. :applause:

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:48 PM

Got my 8 GB from Amazon. Fake. Works fine though, just reads a little slower.

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 09:57 PM

Got my 8 GB from Amazon. Fake. Works fine though, just reads a little slower.

Fill it up and see if it reads everything...

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 12:43 AM

I decided to order a probable genuine from ebay vs. a larger, less expensive, probable fake. Got a repackaged 2 GB Sony Mark 2 for $12.99 shipped. I know I could have gotten a fake 8 GB for a couple of dollars more, but I didn't want to risk it. Anyhow, it arrived today, and I just tested it - it is genuine. Thanks for the info on how to test.
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:55 PM

I bought my Sony 16GB Mark 2 from Amazon for $90 and it is real.

Only buy from Amazon and not the Third Party sellers!

#14 Nephilim

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 01:49 AM

^^Good price for Amazon. I got my 16gb from Frys.com for $69.99, cheapest I have seen and of course it is genuine.

Glad some people are getting some use from this thread.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 01:53 AM

good to know. luckily i always buy the sony ones from Frys.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 04:30 AM

..am I missing something?
Where in the OP is it shown how to show a fake one?

..What about this? http://www.amazon.co...8/ref=pd_cp_e_2

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 04:39 AM

To check if a stick is genuine, pop it into your psp and check its status. If it doesn't say Magic Gate, it's a dud.

#18 Nephilim

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 01:46 PM

..am I missing something?
Where in the OP is it shown how to show a fake one?

..What about this? http://www.amazon.co...8/ref=pd_cp_e_2



sorry, I moved the image, it is back. Check the OP

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 05:18 PM

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#20 Rodster

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 10:17 PM

I bought two fake 8GB Sony MS from ebay and they work and have worked for close to a year with no problems except both fakes are not as fast as a Magic Gate MS. I got six ISO's installed on each MS. Moral of the story not all fakes are bad. :applause:

#21 trevor213

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 12:03 PM

what about the Sony 8 GB one that is selling on ebay for $22.50
i would post the link but im not allowed to.

#22 Nephilim

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 01:22 PM

what about the Sony 8 GB one that is selling on ebay for $22.50
i would post the link but im not allowed to.


Almost all on eBay are FAKES even if they say in the auction they are GENUINE DIRECT FROM SONY, etc.

Don't buy them on eBay, or from Amazon third party sellers, period.

#23 Reichan

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:05 PM

Oh really? Thanks for the informatioon i do own 2 4gb memory cards, i gotta check it.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 04:03 PM

I do have 1 4g MC its fake though its working fine haven't encountered any problems yet.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 06:51 PM

I'm just going out on a limb here and assuming if I'm using a Dual Micro SDHC to MS Pro Duo adapter, it's going to come up Magic Gate Unknown regardless?

Mods, please edit if I shouldn't be mentioning this here, and I'll edit to remove.

#26 Nephilim

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:57 PM

I'm just going out on a limb here and assuming if I'm using a Dual Micro SDHC to MS Pro Duo adapter, it's going to come up Magic Gate Unknown regardless?

Mods, please edit if I shouldn't be mentioning this here, and I'll edit to remove.


Yes, it will show 'Unknown' with that setup.

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 07:21 AM

wow, the way I found out is that I put it in my PSP and used the USB mode and all of the folders where in some crazy font. I could not delete any of them and ended up corrupting the stick and it broke. Filed a dispute with Ebay and got my money back in a few days and the seller just disappeared off of ebay. Still trying to find a legit 32GB memory stick pro duo...
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Posted 28 September 2009 - 11:44 AM

wow, the way I found out is that I put it in my PSP and used the USB mode and all of the folders where in some crazy font. I could not delete any of them and ended up corrupting the stick and it broke. Filed a dispute with Ebay and got my money back in a few days and the seller just disappeared off of ebay. Still trying to find a legit 32GB memory stick pro duo...


The Sony official 32gb stick has been announced but is not on the market yet as far as I know and I want one too.

I don't think there are any name brand ones yet either.

The only way to get a legit 32gb is to do the method a few posts up with the (2) 16gb Dual Micro SDHC to MS Pro Duo adapter. I don't want to risk losing my saves and such with that setup but it works for plenty of less fussy folks and costs way less.

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Posted 20 October 2009 - 05:44 PM

Not good.

Brought a 16GB Memory Stick from eBay, turns out to be fake.

Reluctant to use now, in fear that something might go wrong.

Thanks for the guide though.
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Posted 20 October 2009 - 06:20 PM

The Sony official 32gb stick has been announced but is not on the market yet as far as I know and I want one too.

I don't think there are any name brand ones yet either.

The only way to get a legit 32gb is to do the method a few posts up with the (2) 16gb Dual Micro SDHC to MS Pro Duo adapter. I don't want to risk losing my saves and such with that setup but it works for plenty of less fussy folks and costs way less.


I plan to back up my Mem Stick on a weekly basis in the hopes to avoid losing any data. Seems a good plan to never overwrite the previous backup though, considering you might find out too late that you've lost all of your data.

I've had too many lost data occurrences to not do so.

Figure if I lose a week of data, I'll survive.

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