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Problem syncing mp3's to mp3 player with Windows Media Player

I have a generic mp3 player (8 gig) that i'm trying to sync about 6 gigs of files to. i have about 15 cd's and have about 5 types of podcasts with several episodes in each type. here's what happens: the 1st time i set up a sync relationship, it works fine and the files and folders are setup and synced to the device. however, any other time after that when i connect the device to my computer and try to sync, it is either corrupting something or messing something up--because the folders and files don't show correctly. (you go into folder a to listen to podcast a and actually songs from podcast b are in the folder. also some folders contain folders insided them that are duplcates of the entire list of all folders synced to the device.) what am i doing wrong? or is it WMP? it seems to be more related to WMP--because if i just click and drag files to my mp3 player it reads them just fine--however that kind of defeats the purpose of it automatically syncing! is there a better program to synce to a device with? Thanks!

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This isn't necessarily a solution, but:
Within WMP, I believe under Help, Check for Updates. Won't hurt.

Depending on your media player ... you say generic, but there's surely a brand ... you may find it "mounted," like a CD or hard disk, within your My Computer section. On my dad's Sansa, for example, you can directly copy over music files, but videos have to be converted in a certain way. There's a default structure -- that is, there's a folder for podcasts, a folder for music, a folder for movies, whatever.

Without knowing the specifics of your device, it's tough to give a good answer. Try checking for updates, and if that doesn't do anything, then see if you can get at the drive deliberately and start copying over your files yourself.

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