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Problems caused by "improper device removal"

Yesterday, my WS-100 wouldn't turn on so I replaced the batteries. Today, when I plugged it into my Macbook Pro, the following message appeared:

"Device Removal: The device you removed was not properly put away. Data might have been lost or damaged. Before you unplug your device, you must first select its icon in the Finder and choose Eject from the File menu."

However, the computer then stops recognizing that anything is plugged into it and the screen on the DVR goes blank too. I tried unplugging it and putting the two pieces together with a new battery, but it still won't turn on.

What can I do? Is this reparable?

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  • a-elahi Aug 20, 2008

    That makes sense, but I can't seem to find those files on my computer. Is there any way I can get them from somewhere else (perhaps another of the same recorder)? If not, is there any way to fix this problem? I think I may have accidentally deleted those files.


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The recorder has .dat files in each folder and must not be deleted. if you still have them on your computer, then you can transfer back to the recorder and the recorder should work fine

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  • Randy Morton Aug 21, 2008

    do a search on your computer for recovery.dat.... that is one of the missing files.

    If you cant find it then you will need to send the recorder into the olympus repair to get the problem resolved


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