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My m250 wont format

I want to empty it and reload, but it wont let me format it. i use windows

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  • narrley Dec 21, 2008

    i have ripped cds,and loaded them,i would like to remove them from my device,retain them in my library and load new music

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I JUST formatted mine. Open up my computer and see where the sansa is located. Click once. It should say "music specific storage." right click and you'll have a format option.

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How to format sandisk m250 using windows 7 media player


you dont need to use windows media player just go to my computer and rigth click on the mp3 icon and chose format
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Jan 02, 2010 | SanDisk Sansa m250 MP3 Player

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How do i free 8mb in Sandisk Sansa M250 i formated but the same result happens plz help me!!!!


SanDisk tech support recommends formatting the m200 series in both MSC and MTP modes to completely clear out all work areas,"fragments" and residual data. The m200 has a very basic Operating System that doesn't have a defrag option. According to tech support, the m200 needs formmating occasionally to keep it working smoothly. I learned that formatting will also clear up intermittent hang-ups. I format mine each time I reload it.

Format in MSC Mode


With the m200 not connected to the PC, power it on, press the menu key. Select "Settings", then USB, then MSC.

Connect the m200 to the PC via the USB cable

Right click on the "Start" button.

Left click on "Explore"

Find the m200. It will show as a hard drive, for example: "SANSA M250"


Right click on the m200 device and select "Format"

After formatting is complete, click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the System Tray and stop the device

Disconnect the m200 from the PC.


Format in MTP Mode


With the m200 not connected to the PC, power it on, press the menu key. Select "Settings", then USB, then Auto Detect.

Connect the m200 to the PC via the USB cable.

Right click on the "Start" button.

Left click on "Explore"

Find the m200. This time it will not show as a hard drive but as a music device, for example: "SanDisk Sansa m250"Note there is no drive letter in MTP mode.

Right click on the m200 device and select "Format"

After formatting is complete, disconnect the m200 from the PC. There is no icon to stop the device.

Your m200 device is now formatted and ready to reload.


By the way, MSC mode is mostly for use with other than Windows XP computers. If you are using WinXP and Windows Media Player 10, you might consider using MTP mode and WMP to manage the m200's.

Source: http://forums.sandisk.com


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Jul 28, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa m240 MP3 Player

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How do I format my San Disk M250


well you could do it on the computer by letting windows recognize it then go to my computer find the san disk then right click on it and click format

Jul 13, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa m250 MP3 Player

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I want to reset the player


The best thing to do is remove everything and start over.
How To:
Plug in the mp3 player to the usb and open Windows Media Player.
When the player shows up on the left side of the screen - "Sansa m250" - rightclick on it and choose "format."
Give it plenty of time erase everything.
**THE COMPUTER WILL SAY IT IS FINISHED BUT THE DEVICE WILL NOT. LISTEN TO THE DEVICE.**
Unplug and check to see if the device now says "no files." If so you're good. Just reload what music you want. If not, do the procedure again and make sure that the format process is complete before you unplug - sometimes it looks finished but is really just hung up.

Mar 20, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa m250 MP3 Player

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Sansa m250 2GB can not see any files or play


I had a similar problem.
This is how I fixed Sansa m250 2GB
I have Windows XP, so if you have a different version of Windows you might have to do something else.
Connect the player to your computer.
From My Computer open the drive that says SANSA M250
If there is no folder called "audio" make a folder named that. (this is where your future mp3 files will be stored).
My audio folder was missing, so I had to do this.
Now go back to My Computer right click on the SANSA M250 drive scroll down the menu and open the folder that says "Open As Portable Media Device".
Now click on the icon that says "SANSA M250"
Now open the folder that says "FOUND.000".
If you are having the same problem that I did all your old mp3 files will show up with a file extension .CHK instead of mp3 and the names will be numbers. You can either erase all these & reload all your songs into the "audio" folder I mentioned previously or you can rename each file extension to a .MP3 instead of .CHK. (after you change them to .MP3 they will load on your mp3 player. But, remember if you do choose to rename them instead of erasing and reloading, when you want to permanently delete them you will have to access the "FOUND.000" folder again to do that.

Dec 07, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa m250 MP3 Player

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Identifying files in scandisk


I had a similar problem.
This is how I fixed Sansa m250 2GB
I have Windows XP, so if you have a different version of Windows you might have to do something else.
Connect the player to your computer.
From My Computer open the drive that says SANSA M250
If there is no folder called "audio" make a folder named that. (this is where your future mp3 files will be stored).
My audio folder was missing, so I had to do this.
Now go back to My Computer right click on the SANSA M250 drive scroll down the menu and open the folder that says "Open As Portable Media Device".
Now click on the icon that says "SANSA M250"
Now open the folder that says "FOUND.000".
If you are having the same problem that I did all your old mp3 files will show up with a file extension .CHK instead of mp3 and the names will be numbers. You can either erase all these & reload all your songs into the "audio" folder I mentioned previously or you can rename each file extension to a .MP3 instead of .CHK. (after you change them to .MP3 they will load on your mp3 player. But, remember if you do choose to rename them instead of erasing and reloading, when you want to permanently delete them you will have to access the "FOUND.000" folder again to do that.

Nov 20, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa m250 MP3 Player

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I am not able to format my Sansa m240 mp3 player. In the windows explorer, I do not see the Sansa m240 - instead I see MTP device. I do not see the format optiion when I right click on the MTP device item...


The below was copyed from an earlier post of mine. Over a period of time your info can get corrupt from transering music back and forth. To format plug it in to usb. Go to my computer It shows up as a removably disc, usually drive f: Right click on drive f: (or the approriate drive) and click format. Let me know what happens, you will have reload the player, also try bypassing the software you are using to tranfer, by opening up drive f: and clicking and dragging your music into it , or you can copy and paste it into drive f: L8R

Sep 17, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa m250 MP3 Player

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My directory where MP3 are stored in sansa m250 cannot be seen on the desktop


Gagan, Please see my answer here http://www.fixya.com/support/t149468-san_disk Formatting your Sansa should do it. Let me know if it didn't and please rank my answer. Thanks, D.

Jun 16, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa m250 MP3 Player

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My m250 won't turn on


Hi. Seems like your M250 is experiencing some system errors that prevents it from either powering up or booting up completely. To resolve the temporary power loss (not powering up even after changing batteries), try this: 1. Remove the battery 2. Press and hold the "Menu" button for 30 seconds. This is to completely discharge the player 3. Insert a brand new battery and try to power it on If this procedure still does not revive the player, try this to format the player and upgrade its firmware: 1. Enable the "Hold" switch on the side of the M250. You would know the "Hold" switch is enabled when the "orange-colored" surface is showing 2. Plug the player in to the PC. (The minimum operating system requirement for the M250 is Windows XP and above). The M250 should be recognized as a "Removable Disk" when browsed in Windows Explorer 3. Right-click on that drive letter corresponding to the M250 and select "Format". 4. Follow the on-screen prompts to format the player 5. Unplug the M250 from your computer, then disable the "Hold" switch. Then try powering it on. 6. To upgrade the firmware of your M250, again enable the "Hold" switch and plug it in to your PC. 7. If you have internet access, then use this link to download the "Firmware Updater" from the Sandisk website: http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1376 Save this to your desktop and double-click on it to run the updater program. Follow the on-screen prompts. I hope this helps. The M250 is a great player. Syd :)

Apr 06, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa m250 MP3 Player

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