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Regarding writing sansa e250; downloaded music from Realplayer, unit stays in writing format, will not exit that mode. When disconnected, the music supposedly downloaded from Realplayer is not on unit. Real player shows the lists on the e250. What do I do? Thanks for your help. LD

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Reformat in Windows Media Player, and never use Real to sync

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I have the sansa e250 mp3 player,and i want to format it,how can i do that?


Please follow this:
  • Disconnect the device from your computer and turn it on
  • Go to Settings > USB Mode > MSC
  • Connect the device again
  • On My Computer, look for Sansa E250 (Removable Drive)...
  • Right-click on the E250 and choose Format
  • Click "Start" and agree to start the formatting process
  • Done!
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Apr 28, 2011 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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My sansa e250 is neeed ku reprogram.. my sansa e250 in black out the screen. need ku reprogram.

If you want to format your device, the best recommendation is to place it into MSC mode. This is the Sansa's mass storage mode and it allows the device to be treated as a drive. Go to the settings menu and find USB Mode. There are two choices, MSC and MTP. Choose MSC. MTP is for music transfer using a media player software like Windows Media Player. If you don't have a way to set MSC mode with a menu on the device, engage the 'hold' switch, and while holding down the left or right button (others report also using the center button), plug the device into the USB connector. Make sure the USB is already plugged into the computer. You shouldn't need to do this with a standard e250; the menu should work. After you have connected the device in MSC mode, right click My Computer and choose Manage from the menu. Find Disk Management and select it. The disks should be numbered, starting with 0 for the C: drive. You should see a drive that says SANSA E250, or something similar. Write down the type of file system if it is shown. My e260 says FAT32. I believe that the 2MB e250s are FAT, but check to be sure. There will be two partitions on the disk. The larger of the two is for your music files. The smaller is for when the device goes into "hibernation" - it's so you'll be back to the exact same song when it powers back on. Right click the larger partition and choose Format from the menu. You will see the format dialog. Set the volume label to SANSA E250 (I believe that's your device type), set the file system to what you wrote down earlier (do NOT choose NTFS!) and leave the Allocation unit size at "Default." Do not check either of the two check boxes. Click on OK. Keep an eye on the partition in Disk Management and you will see the percent complete. When it's done, look in the System Tray (by the date and time). You should see an icon for safely removing hardware. Double-click it to bring up the safely remove hardware dialog. Click on the USB drive representing your Sansa device and click Stop. Another dialog will come up and you'll have to do this again. Close the dialog when the device has stopped. The device will restart and initialize the music database. You're done! Now change to MTP mode and sync the device. Whenever you are in MSC mode, ALWAYS stop the device as I described in the paragraph above. That way you won't corrupt the drive. Hopefully. I haven't yet. My e260 is a gem!

Feb 20, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Cant find music folder

Change USB mode to auto -IF it is avaialble in the settings menu - see manual for details.

Sep 06, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Sansa e250 not working properly

The songs you are trying to use are in the wrong format, or have expired licenses - use mp3 format only and you won't have those problems

Aug 12, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Formatting my sansa says reading bootloader and writing bootloader

You Installed The Firmware wrong. (Do This)

1.Connect Your Player to The PC then Format it by right clicking the players hard drive. (F:) , (G:) , (I:) ,Ect.

2.After Formatting the Player go to this site :
Like This:

3.Go to Then Search For "Sansa e250 Latest Firmware. OR Try This

4. Go To the Page Where The Firmware Is at and Download it

then put it on the player disconnect and turn on normally should say new firmware or sumthin while loading.

Jun 15, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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SANSA e250r ??

my sandisk 250will not change songs it is stuck o #1 icannot move it up or down

May 03, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Sansa e250

Make a copy of one of the files, and try changing the extension to .mp3.

Apr 18, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Sansa e250 formatting and memory troubles

you should try putting into recovery mode. to do this, connect it to your computer, then push the hold button down so the orange is showing. Next you want to hold down the record button on the side of your mp3 player, now while holding that down also press and hold the power button. in a few seconds it should go to recovery mode. if you need more information, heres a link to the forums.

Feb 07, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

Hello. Seems like your player is encountering either a file or system error, causing it to freeze. One solution would be to see if your player would be detected by your PC, then attempt to format it. Another solution would be to re-apply the firmware. Here are the steps: Switch your Sansa E250 to its Recovery Mode: 1. Make sure the player is powered off 2. Enable the "Hold" switch (located on the top of the player). You would know it's enabled when you see the "orange-colored" surface 3. Press the "Record" button. Make sure you keep it pressed while pressing on the "Menu" button. 4. keep your fingers pressed on these 2 buttons until the E250 LCD screen displays "Welcome to Recovery Mode" 5. Connect your E250 to your computer. (Just a reminder: The minimum Operating System requirements for a Sansa E200 player is Windows XP and above) 6. Double-click on "My Computer" and you would see your Sansa E250 appear as a "16 MB" drive. Note: If you do not see that "16 MB" drive/partition, please repeat steps 1-6. Next, Apply the firmware for the E250 (your player should be connected to your PC at this time): Step 1: Use this link to download the firmware for your Sansa E250 (for better results, please save this file on your "Desktop": Step 2: Double left-click on the downloaded file, and follow the on-screen prompts. The file will automatically re-flash your player and format it as well, thereby clearing all possible file/system corruptions that may have occurred. Step 3: When the process is complete, unplug your E250 from your computer, and please make sure you disable the "Hold" switch Step 4: Power up your E250 and 90-99% of the time, it would boot up successfully.

Apr 20, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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