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Gmini hard disk reading problems

My Archos Gmini XS202s reads "Read access error! Can't read hard disk" When its turned on. I've tried formatting through the device, but it doesnt seem to have worked, can anyone help?

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  • station1975 Jan 25, 2009

    Same here

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    i also have the same problem.. i am wondering how to repair the mp3 with the PC?

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My Gmini XS202s did this twice both time cause the battery went flat while moving files across (I should always charge device while connecting to PC)

First time I reformatted device as FAT32 using fdisk (Windows formatting tool should do same)

Then downloaded latest AOS and copied to root directory. [get AOS from http://www.archos.com/support/support_tech/updates.html?country=gb&lang=en]

second time I ran mkdosfs /media/disk (disk was mount point for gmini). This seemed to fix the device and I lost about 20 files. but better than reformat.

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