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Unfortunately this recorder model is designed with flash memory and once the files are erased they are gone. There are some companies that do specialize in flash memory recovery (Olympus is not one of them). You can go to google and search for flash memory recovery specialists. However this is a very costly process as it involves sending the device to these companies for them to do the recovery process.
I had the same problem. I downloaded the instruction pamphlet at http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/vtrek/download/manual/ws/man_ws100_ws200s.pdf and reformatted the recorder. It seems to work fine now.
Formatting the Recorder (FORMAT) If you format the recorder, all function settings will return to their defaults. All files stored in the recorder will be deleted. If you have important files that you want to save, connect the recorder to a computer and transfer those files from the recorder to the computer before formatting the device. 1 Press the MENU button. 2 Press the FF or REW button to choose “FORMAT”. 3 When the PLAY button is pressed, “nO” is displayed. 4 Press FF or REW to select “yES”, and press the PLAY button. After “ARE yOU SURE” is displayed, “nO” will be displayed. 5 Press FF or REW to select “yES”, and press the PLAY button. “DONE” displays when formatting ends. s It may take up to several tens of seconds to finish the initialization. Do not remove the battery or detach the battery compartment from the recorder during that time. Otherwise data may be damaged. s Never format the recorder from a PC. s When the recorder is formatted, all the stored data, including locked files, are erased.
what can happen is that the voltage supplied to the usb port is not enough to power the recorder to transfer data, assuming you have tried other usb ports, and tried leaving other connected peripherals out connected to a usb port, it is always better to use a mains powered usb hub when connecting things like mp3 players and digital recorders as some motherboards, especially low powered units struggle with some peripherals.