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SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

The sansa player started showing message "refresh database fail" and all data including songs and voice recording has gone. Although the the memory shows 1893 mb still in use. Also on connecting to computer the sansa is not detected. I am unable to load any songs and also unable to refresh the database. The 'reset all' also has not resolved the problem . What should I do ? Regards Ashu

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Re: SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

Try to turn off your MP3 player then start it back up again. Worked for me.

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Re: SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

First switch your USB control to MSC. Then turn off your mp3 player and activate the hold icon. Then turn it on while holding the record button with hold icon still being activated. then it will go to recovery mode. Now plug your sandisk into the computer and wait until it says RECOVERY COMPLETE...PLEASE DISCONNECT or when it just says for you to disconnect. This worked on my sandisk, and it hopefully work for you.

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