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Locked file ?

When I open the voice recorder (DS 4000), it reads "please download files, read only files", and the image of a lock appears. With this file inserted I am unable to access the menu button, or read the file with the computer. From the computer, I can see that there is something on the file (with the property button) but I am unable do see the content.
I don't know if this is any clearer ?
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The folder lock can oly be solved by chosing the option "format" in the sub-menu. But please copy the *.dss - files still resting at your card at your harddisk first.

When the recorder finishes the format procedure, all folders will be unlocked again.

The "Read-Only-Failure" will occur again at recorders with differend user profiles, when you put the switched-off recorder into the docking station first and switch the power button to "on". So avoid this constellation!

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