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OT: Vacation

January 1st, 2010

Happy new year everybody !

I’m taking some days off with the family. This is the view our from cabin :)

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I’ll be back in a few days…. maybe :)

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  1. Paula
    January 1st, 2010 at 19:46 | #1

    Are you serious??? and you didn’t say anything!! Where are you exactly?

  2. Pedro Bustamante
    January 4th, 2010 at 06:44 | #2

    @Paula It was last minute decision :) We’re in the Philipines btw.

  3. melina
    January 4th, 2010 at 08:39 | #3

    It would be a nice place for a new Panda Lab ;-)

  4. January 5th, 2010 at 00:17 | #4

    There are a lot, to much, of bugs in 2010 products. I don\’t know what are you doing for panda,
    but all of you should first fix annoying bugs in 2010 products and then go to vacation!!!

  5. Bjorn
    January 7th, 2010 at 07:17 | #5

    Nice! Doesn’t look half bad =) :^D

  6. JaviWarrior
    January 23rd, 2010 at 17:49 | #6

    @Anger: Pedro it’s not a developer, so he’s not the one to fix those bugs.
    And, however, don’t you think he can do whatever he wants with his vacation?

  7. AKM
    January 24th, 2010 at 23:05 | #7

    Hello and greetings Panda team,
    I regularly use Panda Cloud Antivirus.

    sorry for bothering you here but..

    I sent this message because I wanted to know if you can help me with a issue regarding Panda USB Vaccine and a (brand new)
    Kingston DataTraveler G2 (16 GB) flash drive.

    I installed and enabled experimental ntfs in Panda USB Vaccine
    After clicking on “Vaccinate USB” this notification was shown-

    I:\$SECURE is corrupt

    Thereafter when trying to open the flash drive in “My Computer” the following message is displayed-

    I:\ is not accessible. Incorrect function.
    OK

    I’ll be more than pleased if you can inform me if there is any known way to revive the data in the flash drive.
    The lost data in the flash drive was of great importance to me.

    Thanking you
    Dr. A.K Mech
    Please HELP!
    azbfdx@gmail.com

    ps.- I have Windows XP SP3 installed, once the flash drive was formatted in NTFS and the “Write Caching and Safe Removal” setting was set to “optimize for quick removal”.
    I cannot format the flash drive, the file system is shown to be “RAW” with 0 used and free bytes.

  8. Pedro Bustamante
    January 25th, 2010 at 11:32 | #8

    @AKM try running a “chkdsk /f” on the drive and report back here.

  9. AKM
    January 26th, 2010 at 11:58 | #9

    Running “chkdsk i: /f” on command prompt shows this-
    cannot open volume for direct access.

    I tried “format i:” hoping to try and recover files with recovery software, but this is shown-
    Error in IOCTL Call.

    Another thing I’ve noticed is that now clicking on “Removable Drive” on “My Computer” shows this-
    Insert Disk
    Please insert a disk into drive I:
    Cancel

    (it beahaves much like an empty memory card reader now. Earlier the flash drives label was “KINGSTON” now its “Removable Drive”. Uninstalling the driver in device manager and inserting it again doesnt help. Earlier when inserting the flash drive in a laptop the new hardware found was labeled as “Kingston G2 DataTraveler” now its “Generic USB Mass Storage Device”)

    I know flash drives are prone to malfunction, especially when used over a long time, but this instance the file $SECURE being corrupt and its abrupt timing makes me think somebody here can help. I’ve another much older Kingston pendrive “vaccinated” and running fine with experimental NTFS.

    Please tell me if there might be ANY way to revive the data in the flash drive.

    Thanks a lot for replying.

  10. AKM
    January 26th, 2010 at 12:07 | #10

    sorry for spamming here. did this accidently ! :)

  11. Pedro Bustamante
    January 29th, 2010 at 22:07 | #11

    @AKM You might want to try inserting the key in a different PC and formatting it from there. Also if the data is important, take it to a data recovery place first. Regarding the behaviours you mention, it sounds more like a defective drive than an issue with USB Vaccine.

  12. AKM
    February 5th, 2010 at 06:14 | #12

    yes the drive was defective, kingston service replaced mine with a newer one. Obviously the files are all gone but learnt a lesson – backup critical files.
    I assume USB Vaccine has no issues, does it even modify the “$SECURE” file in (ntfs) flash drives? :)
    thanks anyway.

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