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ZMate MP3 Mark: I just got a zMate MP3 player. When I hook it up to my PC to put music on the disk, I get a message that says please insert a disk into the F drive. Any ideas how to fix that problem? Your suggestion about the file not being in the root was confusing to me. Could you explain specifically how to do that, in language a newbie can understand? Many thanks, Tara

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I don't the configuration of your computer, but it sounds like the F: drive is the zMate player... so if I am correct, the message means there is no memory card in the player. If yours is the same as mine, the "player" itself is a card reader/writer with no memory of its own, and works only when you put an SD card in it (mine actually came free with the purchase of the SD card).

As for the files being in the root, what that means is, when you first use a device it has no subdirectories in it (what Windows calls "folders"). So essentially the card is one big folder with no categories or subdivisions. Like if you built a house with no rooms in it, it would just be one big room with no den, no kitchen, no living room - just one big area.

Since there is just the one huge, unnamed folder, this is called the ROOT. All folders that you create on the memory card are like "branches" that begin at the "root". Most people will create a folder on the card, and call it "My Music" or something like that. Or several folders and call them "Country" and "Rock" and "Hip Hop". Or maybe you'll make a folder for the Beatles, one for Aerosmith, one for Rihanna... you get the idea. If you do NOT make any subfolders, at least on my zMate, then the player can't find the music. You need to make a folder and name it "AUDIO" and put your .mp3 files in that folder.

To make a folder, you first put the card in the player (or in your PC's card reader, if it has one) and then, if you are using the player, you plug that into the USB port on the PC. Windows should open the player in a window, and it looks like it is one of the drives on your PC. If you look in "My Computer" you will see the card and it will have a drive letter higher than C:, and if you have a CD-ROM the letter will be higher than D:. The drive will be listed as a "REMOVABLE DRIVE". When you open up this "drive" you will see no folders, just the root folder (which has no name). Use the mouse to "Right-Click" and then choose "NEW" and then "FOLDER" or use the "FILE" menu at the top of the window, choose "NEW" and then "FOLDER". Windows makes a folder called "New Folder" - change the name to "AUDIO" at this time (just type over the name "New Folder". If you can't type over the name, use the mouse to right-click "New Folder" and choose "Rename" from the menu.

Hope that helps.

Posted on Sep 15, 2008

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