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Sansa m230... Can't copy music from Player to PC

When ever I plug my player in to the PC, I can only see the voice recordings and not the actual music files. When I right click the player icon in My Computer, it says that most of the space is filled so the music is definitely there. Please help.

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Re: Sansa m230... Can't copy music from Player to PC

MTP vs MSC mode is your key


These are the most common methods for recovering Sandisk's Sansa Mp3 Players. I have been almost universally successful in recovering Sansa players using one or a combination of these methods. These methods do not work if you are having synchronization or music format issues - they are for recovering a player that will not power up, freezes, flashes, is not recognized by the computer, and a host of other issues.

Reset the Sansa Player first. On most models, restart is done by holding the power button in for 15 seconds or longer. Check your specific manual to be sure. The manuals are available from the Sansa website if they have been misplaced.
Download the Sansa Recovery Tool from the Sansa website.
Format - Erases Everything: Connect your Sansa player to the computer and open Windows Media Player. Click on the Sync tab. Pull down the drop down menu underneath the Sync tab by moving your cursor over the Sync tab and left clicking on the little black arrow underneath the Sync tab. Highlight "Sansa 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.
Firmware Upgrade- Erases Everything: Get the latest firmware upgrade from Sansa - it updates the firmware and erases every song in the player all at once. Note: this method doesn't work if already have the latest firmware. Go to this website and click "Firmware Updater" to find out:
If these fail, then:
Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.
If you get the problem where MTP Device keeps popping up continuously, uninstall the “MTP Device” by going to Start à Control Panel àSystem à Hardware à Device Manager (you computer may vary slightly, depending on Windows Version).
You may have to restart your computer after each of these methods to get them to work properly. Disconnect your Sansa player BEFORE shutting down your computer.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on May 27, 2008

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I'm new to MP3

itunes is protective of it songs so i don,t no about that
but i have a sansa m240
on the player hit the menu Button
its the shall one on the top
till it turns on then let go and press it again
scroll down to settings press the white Button
below the play Button. scroll down to usb
then select auto detect
plug in the player to your pc

you can transfer them yourself
or use windows media player 11

transfer them yourself right click on the music
go down copy click
go to my computer or computer in start menu
select sansa m230
select tcnando hit ctrl v
on the key board
to transfer the the files

to use windows media player 11
open windows media player 11
plug in player to pc
a window should pop up
follow the instructions
than click on the sync tab
you should see the sansa
click and drag the music
from the left hand side
to your players sync list on the left
and click start sync .
I hope i could help

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