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Recorder says "PLEASE DOWNLOAD FILES," but there are no files to download

Hey guys. I have a D-2, which has worked fine for almost a year. But this week, after taking some files from it and storing them on my MacBook Pro, when I removed the device from the computer, the recorder would not do anything. It keeps telling me to "Please download files." No matter what button I push, the recorder keeps telling me "Memory Full." I can't reformat or do anything else. Much less erase files. Nothing. I have reconnected the device to my MacBook, and there are NO files showing up on the recorder. None. 
I took the batteries out -- then put them back in after 30 minutes. The recorder asked me to reset date and time, but then it immediately gave me the "Memory full" message again, and now it just keeps flashing alternating "Memory Full" and "Please Download Files" messages. 
Help!

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  • outoftheloop Dec 12, 2007

    Similar. It works, but when I press RECORD I get "FULL" message though recorder empty. Changing folders, no help. Recently I just left it on Record and got a recording anyway, but I would like to know how to get rid of this irritating message.

  • Anonymous Jul 21, 2008

    I have the same exact problem! What did you end up doing to fix it??!!

  • whitneyzama Nov 09, 2008


    My recorder has the same EXACT problem the solution offered was useless because no matter what combination of buttons i press, it continues to beep and say memory full please download files with a lock symbol above it. Help!
    whitney

    Hey guys. I have a D-2, which has worked fine for almost a year. But this week, after taking some files from it and storing them on my MacBook Pro, when I removed the device from the computer, the recorder would not do anything. It keeps telling me to "Please download files." No matter what button I push, the recorder keeps telling me "Memory Full." I can't reformat or do anything else. Much less erase files. Nothing. I have reconnected the device to my MacBook, and there are NO files showing up on the recorder. None.  
    I took the batteries out -- then put them back in after 30 minutes. The recorder asked me to reset date and time, but then it immediately gave me the "Memory full" message again, and now it just keeps flashing alternating "Memory Full" and "Please Download Files" messages.  
    Help!


  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    I have the same problem.

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The DS-2 has a format option in the menu under submenu. After you choose start you will see a progress bar and it should return to full record time. Use on a MAC seems to cause the reduced record time more often than on a PC.

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I had the exact same problems as listed above. The 'solution' from dstrd sweet doesn't work because as mentioned, no buttons on the recorder work. The buttons do nothing. So, to fix this problem on my iMac I went to applications, utilities, then ran "Disk Utility". Select the sound recorder disk, while it is plugged into your computer. Then go to the Erase tab and choose the option to erase or delete the contents of the sound recorder. This deletes the files that you couldn't otherwise delete. When I disconnected the device and tried to restart it, it was giving me choice to reformat the sound recorder. I don't know if it is required but I did choose yes, to do so. And afterwards the device was back to normal, with all the recordings gone and a full disk to work with. I'm surprised I couldn't google this information anywhere and had to come up with it myself.

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