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I have an 'old' DMR-E55EB recorder with my latest two RAM discs suddenly being 'write protected' without me knowing why. Is there any way to make them work in a read, write, and erase way again? If not, the RAM disc are now useless, as format etc won't work Thanks, Dennis R

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Very strange, but not uncommon.

The DMR-E55 (and its variations) is a 2004 model DVD recorder, so it is over 5 years old. If you did not set write/record protection on those discs, then it is likely to be a defect within the recorder, which may require workshop attention. You can always submit the unit to an authorised service centre for a quote and second opinion, to get an idea of the likely cost(s) involved, if a fault is found, then make a decision afterwards. Up to you.

Alternatively, it might be a good idea to cease using DVD-RAM discs and use DVD-RW/+RW discs instead if the unit accepts these as a recording format (or change brand of disc), and you intend to record more than once per disc. Or you could try the same discs in your PC if it has a DVD burner which is capable of reading/writing RAM discs as well as all other formats. If that works, the discs are OK.

If this does not work, then your only other option is to take the recorder to a workshop and have a qualified technician examine it thoroughly; but be warned - it may be expensive if you decide to do so. I hope it is nothing too serious.

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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