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"Not enough space for Music DB. Please Free 4MB"

I've had my player since June, and i've always use WMP to sync music files onto it. A couple days ago, i tried to add two new songs. It seemed to work, but then when i disconnected it and turned it on, it said "No Files." So i reconnected to the PC, but the device wouldn't show up. It makes the device connection sound, but it doesn't show up under My Computer, the disconnect device icon doesn't show up, and WMP doesn't recognize that it's there. So i unplugged it again, turned it on again, and now it gives me a message when it turns on: "Not enough space for Music DB. Please Free 4MB" It shows this message for a couple seconds, then goes to the playing screen, which still says "No Files." So I can't reformat or delete anything, because it doesn't show up anymore on my PC. And I can't change any settings, because if i press the menu button, it displays the message again.

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Re: "Not enough space for Music DB. Please Free 4MB"

We had that problem and sandisk had us use a file when we plugged it in to our computer to reformat it but I don't remember how exactly how to do it, seems like we connected it and chose a file -sorry

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If removing the 4MB doesnt work. Try formatting the device thru My Computer>Device Name (m200)>Right Click and select FORMAT.

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