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Read only Hi, I have an Olympus DM-20 and I have problems with it because is locked. Everytime I try to record I receive the read only message and the hold button in down.

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  • GuestRJ Jan 23, 2008

    I cannot determine how to "format" the recorder. I can access the format option from the Display Menu, but cannot select the format to initiate the process. Please provide more details.

    Thank you.

  • minalth Feb 18, 2008

    There are two different problems here, but I am with the person who first posted this problem, I can't record with the dictaphone because I can't work out how to turn the lock off (stop it from saying read only)

  • ratheriffy May 18, 2008

    Hi,
    My wife had a problem with locked files on her DM 20. She could not unlock them and she could not record any more because the folders were "read only".
    The suggestion to (re)format did work in this case. The DM 20 is working all right now.
    I am interrested in what caused the problems. But that could be a very difficult matter.
    Thanks for the solution.




  • Audiogazm Oct 02, 2008

    read only pops up along with a flashing padlock and i cant record anything on the voice recorder. olympus DM20

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To format you need to hold the display/menu button down for a minute then a menu appears scroll down using FF till you get format then hit play and you will be gided from there
not difficult but impossible to guess
thanks to other guys

Posted on Aug 09, 2008

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Thanks so much- I have been trying to unlock my Olympus DM20 for ages and you have finally solved it! Bit of a mystery why it happens.. 

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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Hi all,
my DM-20 was also locked, after using it for 1 year (I could only play FILES). From Google I found this site. My PC let me copy the files, but not erase them...fine. Than I FORMAT the DM-20 by pressing the MENU button for 1 second, etc... See page 92 of the DM20-instruction-manual.pdf
It seems that some people cannot select FORMAT from the MENU. I do not know about this problem. I did not have this problem. It worked for me. Thanks

Posted on Apr 05, 2008

I have this same problem but when i tried to transfer the files it wouldnt let me and said they were protected. i now cant use this dictaphone and need some help to solve the problem! many thanks.

Posted on Feb 07, 2008

Hello,

I have just sorted out the same problem.

If you have any recordings on the machine, please transfer them to the PC and then FORMAT the recorder. In the MENU you will have the option for FORMAT.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

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