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How do I format my Sansa e250?

I'm so confused. How do I reformat my Sansa mp3 player? I can't switch it on, because it does this weird restarting thing and the menu will not come up at all. It shows the SanDisk logo and then the whole screen just goes white, and it does it over and over again. I know someone else had the same trouble... but I don't know how to reformat it :( how can this be done?

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  • Holly  Shad
    Holly Shad Jan 27, 2007

    It doesn't recognise the MP3 player because the MP3 player won't stay switched on.

    I've tried reloading the firmware too but that doesn't work either.

    I'll probably just email tech support.

    Thanks anyway :)

    Holly

  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2007

    i want to know how to fomat

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2008

    my sandisk sansa m240(1GB)MP3 Player will switched on but it just show "finilizing update" on the screen and just stay there it will not continue to operate and the computer will not recognize if i connect it to my computer.what probable solution should be made?

  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2008

    i have the same problem

  • esmouel Dec 10, 2008

    how did u fix your sansa after this a"" hole try

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    my screen reads - load main imagefailed - switch to recovery mode

  • durairajansp Apr 06, 2009

    My Sansa have some corrupted files in the disk, i couldnot play or delete .
    Can you please help , how to do that ?

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This worked for me... Hope it works for you as well

*Disconnect the device, turn it on
*Go to Settings > USB Mode > MSC
*Connect the device
* Open up My Computer
*Under the heading "Devices with Removable Storage"
Look for Sansa E250 (Removable Drive) - Note: this heading
"Devices with Removable Storage" applies to the "Arrange Icon By: Type" , option in My Computer Window
* Right-click on the E250 and choose format
*Click "Start" and agree to the format

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  • Lily Feb 14, 2013

    I think you may try format memory card recovery tool

  • Lily Feb 14, 2013

    try this memory card photo recovery softwarehttp://www.asoftech.com/apr/

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You can remove the memory card from Sansa e250 and then connect memory card to computer with a card reader, you can then format it from computer, if you need to recover files, you can use this file recovery software named asoftech data recovery
http://www.asoftech.com/adr/

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I found a nice way to format it without risking any problem
1) Turn the Sansa off and lock it
2) Hold the RECORD button while plugging it to the USB
3) Release the RECORD button once you see "Welcome to Recovery Mode" on the player's LCD.
4) Go to my computer there would be a new removable drive named 16MB-FORMAT open it.
5) While in this drive right click... in the contextual menu go to NEW and choose TEXT DOCUMENT
6) Name the document sansa.fmt... Unlock the player before Unplugging it.

It will reformat itself since whenever there is a file or folder called sansa.fmt in this drive it is supposed to do that.

Good luck

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This really works!!

Please copy and paste the following link into your web browser address bar, and then click Go or hit your Enter key. When prompted, choose the option to Save the file to your Desktop.


http://www.sandisk.com/Assets/File/Downloads/firmware/e200fw01.00.12.exe


Once you have downloaded the file, please follow these instructions.

1) Double click on My Computer so that you can see it on your screen.

2) Turn the player off.

3) On the top of the player is a Hold switch, move it to the right (toward the headphone jack) so you see Orange.

4) On the left hand side of the player is a Record button, press and hold it while connecting the player to the computer. Continue holding the Record button until you see a new icon under My Computer called 16MB FORMAT. Once you see that icon you may release the Record button.

5) Extract the files from this file by clicking right on the .exe fileand selecting Extrac files

  1. when you are in, there are 2 folders open the one that is named SKU_E then you´ll see 2 files copy them and drag them to the device that is named 16MB FORMAT.
  2. then wait for 5 seconds and then turn it on.

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For everyone who is going to use these solutions DO NOT USE THE 7 STEP SOLUTION!!!! IT IS A PIECE OF **** AND SCREWED THE HE** OUT OF MY SANSA. WHOEVER PUT IT ON HERE EITHER HAS NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE DOING OR IS A GENUINE A**HOLE.

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Do not use the 7 steps suggested by "guest" ITS A SCAM. it ruined my mp3 player

Posted on Sep 18, 2007

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If you are using a Mac running OS X you can do this:

Turn off the player.

Slide the lock swith to right until you see the orange strip.

Connect the usb cable to the computer. Do not connect it to the player.

Press the start (menu) button. Keep it pressed. The player will start up. Wait until it shuts down.

Connect the usb cable to the player. The player will start up and in a few seconds its icon will appeat in the Desktop.

Go to the Disk Utility in Applications->Utilities. You will see the player listed. Format it as MS-DOS FAT 16. Quit Disk Utility.

Drag the player icon to the trash. This will unmoount it.

Disconnect the usb cable from the computer. You will see a progress bar saying "Refreshing database". Wait until this process finishes.

Slide the lock icon to the left. The orange strip will disappear. Press 'menu' to turn off the player.

Turn it on again.

(If you have a microSD card, remove it before doing the steps above.)

Good luck

Posted on Dec 10, 2009

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Hello,
http://www.sandisk.com/Assets/File/Downl...
the above link is not working boss...
the page is not found....now what?
i am extremely tiered with this sansa.please let me know what to do

Posted on Aug 19, 2009

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Ok first thing you take it back and ask for a new one i had the same thing and its a real ***** dont waist your time you have a warenty for a reason

Posted on May 26, 2008

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Solution #4 WORKS!!!!!
MY PLAYER WAS ALL MESSED UP SO I FORMATED IT, THEN IT DIDNT TURN ON, I SPENT A FEW HOURS SEARCHING THEN FOUND THIS AND IT WORKED :D
THANKS!

Posted on Mar 14, 2008

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u are the besttt

Posted on Feb 14, 2008

I had ruined my e250 doing it the way the "guest" above had noted. Note, the only reason why is because there are TWO files needed to format the Sansa e250. Contact their Tech Support via their website, once you register the Serial Number of your Mp3 player they will send you the required files. Hope that helps :)

Posted on Nov 14, 2007

The soluation is to turn off the hold button and then plucg it in.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007

CAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL o0ace0o

Posted on Oct 04, 2008

For all those people who are having problems with the 7 steps, then pay attention and do it properly. that information hasnt just been pulled from nowhere, that is the actual way of fixing software problems, advised by the sansa tech team. if it doesnt work, then do something else, but dont come in here insulting the people that are trying to help you. stupid fucks

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I've actually used "Guest" 7 step advice on about 6 different software related issues with a 100% success rate. It has worked great for me.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008

I had this problem and asked tech support.. heres the solution. hope this works Please copy and paste the following link into your web browser address bar, and then click Go or hit your Enter key. When prompted, choose the option to Save the file to your Desktop. http://www.sandisk.com/Assets/File/Downloads/firmware/rhapsody-1.0.1.47.zip Please do the following steps to install the firmware in your computer: Unzip the downloaded zip file and extract the file pp5022.mi4. Once you have downloaded the file, please follow these instructions. 1) Double click on My Computer so that you can see it on your screen. 2) Turn the player off. 3) On the top of the player is a Hold switch, move it to the right (toward the headphone jack) so you see Orange. 4) On the left hand side of the player is a Record button, press and hold it while connecting the player to the computer. Continue holding the Record button until you see a new icon under My Computer called 16MB FORMAT. Once you see that icon you may release the Record button. 5) Drag and Drop pp5022.mi4 from your PC to the 16MB Format folder. 6) Disconnect the player and look at the screen. Several things will be displayed, and when you see Key Lock, System Shutdown, move the Hold switch on the top back to the left. 7) Turn the player on and watch the screen. If you see a Refresh Database Fail error, you will need to follow steps 1-7 again until you do not get the error. If it does not work the first time, it could take up to 3 times for it to work.

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When you connect to the computer does Windows Media player recognize the MP3 player? If so you can reformat in Windows Media player. Or you can try reloading the firmware. If the Sansa Updater says that you have the lastest firmware download the firmware manually and then run the software. In addition, tech support is fantastic with Sansa give them a call or e-mail. Best Regards, Keith

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WARNING
DO NOT FOLLOW THE PERSON IN SOLUTION #3 "GUEST" WITH THE 7 STEPS CAUSE IT WILL ONLY DO MORE DAMAGE TO YOUR SANSA. IVE SPENT THE WHOLE 8 HOURS TRYING TO FIX IT BECAUSE OF THAT FREAKING "GUEST" WITH THE 7 STEPS HOPE HE DIES.THANKFULLY WITH MY EXPERTISE I WAS ABLE TO FIX IT BUT WITH NO HOPE GETTING BACK MY RADIO FEATURE MAYBE ILL TRY IT TOMORROW GOT TO SLEEP.IVE ALREADY WARNED YOU GUYS

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