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Olympus DM-10: stuck in "read only" mode

I can;t record anything or change options because I'm locked out. There's a little padlock symbol and I'm informed on my computer that I have "read only" permissions only. It's entirely possible that I deleted some file when I was downloading sound files to my desktop, but either way I have a recorder that says it's not allowed to record.

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I wasn't the one who posted the initial problem, but this helped me tremendously!!! Thank you!! I had to delete some important files, but at least I can get more tomorrow!

Thank you very much fixya!

Posted on Feb 23, 2008


Once you've saved the files to your computer, formatting the DM-10 should get rid of the read-only issue. Hold down the Display/Menu button, scroll down to Format using the Rew/FF button, and press Play.

Posted on May 31, 2007


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1. Set the DM-10 to Voice mode using the blue switch on the back voice recorder.
2. Remove the DM-10 from Hold using the gray switch on the back of the voice recorder.
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