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Sansa m230 hello, I have a sansa m230, and when I turn it on, just display the sansa logo, and the device capacity, only one time I could make it work, and connect it to the computer. but the seccond time, I turn it on, and it do not work, just the same message, and try to connect to the computer, and do not work. Can be rested? or update the firmware?

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Update and upgrade will work!

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SanDisk Sansa M230 Problem:When connected to my PC and try to open system says " this device is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" . If "yes" is selected then system says it...


Connect your SanDisk Sansa M230 to your computer again. Ignore the format message and go to My computer icon on your computer, right click on the drive (E:or F: or G: etc) representing your SanDisk Sansa M230, scroll to format allow it format from there.

If it still refuses to format, you can the reset the SanDisk Sansa M230and try again.

In case you don't know how to reset your SanDisk Sansa M230, read the info on the below link on how to reset your SanDisk Sansa M23;

I hope this helps.

Good luck.

Feb 22, 2011 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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I cannot access the music on my Samsa M230 via USB to PC. I would like to copy the music off the sansa and add new music, but windows media player doest show any music files on the m230 drive


There are 2 modes the player can connect to a computer:
1. MSC mode: the operating system, seeing the player as a removable disk on "My Computer"
2. MTP mode: added software, when an extra program is started the player is detected in this application software: e.g. Windows Media Player

When songs show up on the player but not on My Computer:
1. The player is in MSC mode and music has been put on the player with a program in MTP mode
2. The player is in MTP mode and music has been put on the player
using Windows Explorer in My Computer in MSC mode

In your case the solution should be:
Switch the player into MSC mode and look in Windows Explorer for
a driver letter with a capacity of about 512MB memory.

How to get the player in MSC mode:
Using the menu on the player:
From the main menu go to Settings Menu > USB and select MSC mode.
Using the hold switch on the player:
1. Turn device OFF.
2. Facing the hold switch slide it to the right so an orange color would show putting the device on Hold.
3. Connect the device to the PC.

Explore "My Computer", looking for the players content showing up as a drive letter (about 512 MB sized for the m230)
Click the drive letter, select your files and "copy + save" or "drag and drop" them to a location on the computer.

When needing more help, just post a comment.

Dec 30, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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Sansa m230

whenever i turn on my sansa m230 mp3 player, it displays the message, "not enough space for music DB, please free 8mb." And so i plug it into my friends computer and when i open the music folder on the device, its empty, even though it says that there is quite a bit of space used up. Do you have any answers?.

Sep 07, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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First of all - this player sucks.
Sansa does not really support it anymore.
You can go to SanDisk's website, and look at their tech forums for this series, but no one has come up with an easy solution that works 100% of the time.
In general terms, you have the switch your device mode from mtp or msd to auto to display the missing folders. Personally, I'ma little sleptical that you will ever be happy with this POS player.

Aug 30, 2008 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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Just displays the name and initializing

this is not a solution for you this is just for tell ya
that i am having the same problem with the diference that 1 in a million it´s load and when it arrives to the menu of the music i can´t touch a button becuase that ´s the end of all
if you find any answer please let me know as i let you know about if i find something

p.d. this will be this a general problem of this devices..

Dec 23, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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Sansa m230 (512 MB) MP3 Player still not working after do what you told me

i download an update from the site that solve this to me. but in another time, mine only works when it's plugged to pc,then open the device and cut the tiny battery that have inside (CR621 or something like this) it was shorted.

Sep 07, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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My Sansa m230 Won't Work!

Try connecting the device without batteries. If it shows up try formatting the device. Right click on the device in My Computer and select format. Best of Luck.

Sep 05, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa m200 (2 GB) MP3 Player

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MWP does not recognize my san disk m230

i suggest an update software ,this will solve the problem.

May 31, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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M230 big problem

Remove the battery from the player. Enable the hold switch and connect the player to the computer. Right-click on My Computer and choose Manage. Click on disk management if the player is listed there right click it and choose format. This will erase all the songs on the player. If the player is not listed there try another usb port. If all else fails try calling sandisk to see if there are other steps they could provide.

Sep 25, 2006 | SanDisk Sansa m230 MP3 Player

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