My sansa e250 has a few problems but the only one I can't find an answer to is this;
All my compatible music files have become corrupted on my sansa. I went to the source, and I found some corrupted files with no format on there. They had names like 'p'and 'Ұ۫۫'. I hadn't put them on there and they wont delete. Also there were also some files with similar names that I managed to delete 3 of. I can't view them and I'm pretty sure I shouldn't. My sansa has only been connected to my computer which it has a fantastic anti-virus ware so I don't think it's downloaded from my computer. Please help me!
Although you have excellent virus protection it is a virus. But there is a solution, if you go to mcafee.com you can download a program "stinger" it's free so don't worry. Run the program with your Sansa in MSC USB mode otherwise Stinger will not recognize the Sansa in a directory. Now, When You add Directories do not take off your C drive because your music files might have the virus this program removes them without removing your music files.
PS: I also Defraged and formatted my Sansa, not sure if its neccessary.
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Music file problem:
Your music might not be compatable with your MP3 player.
If you are using it with mac and windows.
like you used mac to put the music on but you try to use windows to delete the files.
Mac uses a diffrent file system to windows.
is the music files in the music folder? (its a hidden folder stupidly enough so is hidden files turned on in your operating system?)
are they mp3 or wav files? If the answers are no - now you know why.
Getting a "Bad Track" message on the E250 may be an indication of memory corruption, music file corruption, or outdated subscription/license info.
One solution would be to format your player in Windows Media Player (version 10 or 11):
1. Make sure your player is in MTP mode by navigating the menu as follows:
Menu > Settings > USB Mode
You would get a choice of "MTP" or "MSC". Please select "MTP". If your player is an "E250 Rhapsody series" player, select "Plays for Sure".
2. Plug your player to your PC and run Windows Media Player. Click on the "Sync" tab and make sure the E250 is listed. Look for the "Format" button (it would look like a "pencil" on Windows Media Player 10) and click on it. Follow the on-screen prompt.
3. Re-load your songs by either copying/pasting your songs to the player or by using Windows Media Player's "Synchronization" feature.
You could also format the player while in "MSC" or "Rhapsody" mode by browsing the player in Explorer, right-clicking the drive letter corresponding to the player, then select "Format". Follow the on-screen prompts
Another solution would be to update the firmware of your player by downloading the Sansa Firmware Updater using this link from the SanDisk website (instructions are found on this site as well):
For standard E250 or E250R "Rhapsody Series":
Make sure your player is set to MSC mode, or "Rhapsody" Mode
The type of music file might also be the cause. If your music files are licensed, purchased or acquired via subscription, you may want to contact the provider for more info on how to re-download the music files.
I hope this helps. There are other procedures available but these might actually make your player work normally again.
Hoping for the best :)
Try to format the unit. Follow the steps 6 and 7 of the solution i presented here: http://www.fixya.com/support/t119082-sansa_e270_refresh_database
Note that all data on your unit will be erased! But maybe that exterminate with your current problems.