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When I try to record the screen says 'check tapes erase protection tab'

What does this mean (my manual has gone AWOL so I can't look it up)

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Normally, tape cartridges have a protection tab on them that when removed prevents users from recording over. A piece of masking tape over the empty hole will allow you to record on the cassette.

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