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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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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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Hi tooky. Getting a "Bad Track" message on the E250 may be an indication of memory corruption, music file corruption, or outdated subscription/license info. One solution would be to format your player in Windows Media Player (version 10 or 11): 1. Make sure your player is in MTP mode by navigating the menu as follows: Menu > Settings > USB Mode You would get a choice of "MTP" or "MSC". Please select "MTP". If your player is an "E250 Rhapsody series" player, select "Plays for Sure". 2. Plug your player to your PC and run Windows Media Player. Click on the "Sync" tab and make sure the E250 is listed. Look for the "Format" button (it would look like a "pencil" on Windows Media Player 10) and click on it. Follow the on-screen prompt. 3. Re-load your songs by either copying/pasting your songs to the player or by using Windows Media Player's "Synchronization" feature. You could also format the player while in "MSC" or "Rhapsody" mode by browsing the player in Explorer, right-clicking the drive letter corresponding to the player, then select "Format". Follow the on-screen prompts Another solution would be to update the firmware of your player by downloading the Sansa Firmware Updater using this link from the SanDisk website (instructions are found on this site as well): For standard E250 or E250R "Rhapsody Series": Make sure your player is set to MSC mode, or "Rhapsody" Mode The type of music file might also be the cause. If your music files are licensed, purchased or acquired via subscription, you may want to contact the provider for more info on how to re-download the music files. I hope this helps. There are other procedures available but these might actually make your player work normally again. Hoping for the best :)

Apr 25, 2007 | 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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