Friday, October 3, 2008

Out with the old, in with the new

Posted by Craig on 10/03/2008
My Olympus WS-100 Digital Voice Recorder has been the source of some stress in the last 48 hours!

I accidentally deleted the entire "hard disk" while trying to format the recorder on my laptop, including those essential files it needs to operate.

The recorder had been acting up for a week or so, saying that I had no memory left even though I deleted all the files. So I knew I needed to format it. The problem was - I just formatted it the way I normally would any other external drive - via my computer.

Bad mistake. After I did so, it wouldn't even turn on! I turned to the official recorder manual and read some dreaded words..."NEVER FORMAT ON A PC." I went to troubleshooting forums and learned the sad truth: I had broken it! I needed to send it back to Olympus for repairs.

Being a journalist, and needing that recorder - because you never know when you might need audio for a project - I wasn't too keen on going through the whole repair process, and paying a fee since my warranty is up. But I also love this model, this type of tape recorder. So I got another one on eBay at about half the retail price, and it should arrive tomorrow.

Issue solved. And maybe I can still get the old one repaired and perhaps sell it to someone new...I did write to Olympus about that. In the future, I know to be careful with formatting now! I'll learn from this mistake!

The source of my troubles the last 48 hours, and a valuable lesson!

2 comments on "Out with the old, in with the new"

Anonymous said...

Ahhh how horrible :( Glad you are getting a new one to replace the old... that is exciting! Talk to u soon :)

Craig on October 4, 2008 at 8:49 PM said...

Yeah, it happens, and it's a good lesson! I haven't received it yet, but I'd say by Monday or Tuesday I should.


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