Safely disconnecting Sansa C250 from Laptop with Vista
Hi, My laptop does recognise the C250, can copy/delete files on/off the C250. The problem is that there are no C250 icons on the system tray or anywhere else so I can disconnect safely (like a USB). Have looked everywhere- can you suggest a solution. NB I have tried just pulling out the USB cable from the computer- the first time I did this, the screen of the C250 showed it was "connected" for 20 minutes and then had a "disconnected" icon for another 10-15 minutes. I don't think it liked the USB being pulled out like that....
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There two types of WMA file - protected and unprotected (also called "DRM-free" and "DRM-encrypted"). Some protected or encrypted WMA's may allow you to play back on your computer, but will not allow you to play those same files on an mp3 player. There are only two ways around your problem - one is expesnive, and one is illegal:
1) You can purchase additional rights on Overdrive to transfer your audiobooks to a "portable device" (by which, they include mp3 players).
2) You can download a program such as Tunebite to strip the Overdrive of it's DRM license, rendering the file of its protection (I would NOT reccomend this route).
The WMA files that you had that worked before were either unprotected, or were protected but had transfer rights.
The laptop and the computer may have had two different file systems (NTFS vs. FAT) - plugging the mp3 player into the other computer caused a mild reformatting. I would start simple - go into the Setting Menu of your Sansa and change the USB mode away from where it is now - if it is in MTP Mode, change it to MSC and vice versa (or Auto is even better). See if the missing files now show up. There is a full user manual for your product available at Sandisk's website if you want to get a visual on what I am talking about.
mp3 players do not need software if you are using xp or vista. JUST Connect it to your computer uing a USB cable and itwill be shown as a rremovable drive. Just copy and paste files to your player thats all!
We have two laptops and one desktop in my house and two 2GB Sansa c250s. My laptop recognizes my sansa c250 differently than our family's desktop (i.e. on the desktop i can't view certain folders/ music files that i transferred from my laptop to my player). The second laptop doesn't recognize mine at all, but it DOES recognize my sister's sansa c250. my suggestion? try a different computer! and then KEEP using that computer for adding/ deleting files.
Yeah - it keeps trying to transfer those songs to the player - it can't read directly from the location, but the processer knows its there; it doesn;t know what to do with it - so it';s stuck; delete the recordings, dude