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Not enough space for music db. please free 6mb

I started to format my sansa e260 and cancelled it mid-way. now when i turn it on it says "not enough space for music db. please free 6mb." now my computer wont recongnize it, so i cant run the system reseter thingy. it even display that message when i plug it into the computer, and then it connect, but wont charge.

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Re: not enough space for music db. please free 6mb


PLace the Sansa in Recovery Mode, plug in, and see that the 16MB FORMAT icon appears in Windows Explorer.

Right click in the window, and create a new folder named sansa.fmt


Drag and drop the sansa.fmt folder into the 16MB FORMAT partition. Right-click and select eject.

Unplug, and see if it will automatically format.

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Re: not enough space for music db. please free 6mb

Hi, can you access the menus of the player? If you can try change the settings to MSC and format your player using the my computer window. :D hope this helps

Posted on Jul 22, 2007

Re: not enough space for music db. please free 6mb

Try to follow this:

Please copy and paste the following link into your web browser address bar, and then click Go or press the Enter key. When prompted, choose the option to save the file to your Desktop.

Once you have downloaded the file, please follow these instructions.

1) Double click on My Computer so that you can see it on your screen.

2) Turn the player off.

3) On the top of the player is a Hold switch, move it to the right (toward the headphone jack) so you see Orange.

4) On the left hand side of the player is a Record button, press and hold while connecting the player to the computer. Continue holding the Record button until you see a new icon under My Computer called 16MB FORMAT. Once you see that icon you may release the Record button.

5) Double click the file you downloaded earlier and run it. Follow all of the on-screen instructions, and when you get to the prompt where it asks you whether you would like to Format it, choose Yes. Once it is done, click Finish.

6) Disconnect the player and look at the screen. Several things will be displayed, and when you see Key Lock, System Shutdown, move the Hold switch on the top back to the left.

7) Turn the player on and watch the screen. If you see a Refresh Database Fail error, you will need to follow steps 1-7 again until you do not get the error. If it does not work the first time, it could take up to 3 times for it to work.

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When i turn the player on it says Not enough space for music DB Please free 6 MB. But it says in the info Memory 0MB and Free 0MB

Connect to your computer copy music to a folder and save as whatever name you give it Then format Check the folder with the music in it to see if there is a file thats not MP3 delete it if there is one then replace the musicto the sansa keep about 6MB of free space

Dec 23, 2010 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Not enough space?

Format the player from the Sansa itself - directions are in the manual - and reload songs onto the player.

Jan 02, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Music DB?

You have put too many songs on the device.

It needs some free space to create the Music Database or the Artist, Album, Song information.Generally between 6 - 10 MB for each GB of music on the device is sufficient.

If it shows up in My Computer, you can manually delete some files from the MUSIC folder.

If not, you can use the following software to erase everything and start over.

Run the recovery tool from the SanDisk website. Make sure you select "format" when prompted.

You need to put the device into "recovery mode" before you run the tool.

- Turn the device off (hold power for 20 seconds)
- Slide the hold switch into "hold" position.
- Press and hold the "record" button while connecting it to your computer. Keep holding the "record" button until you see the "new hardware found" on your computer.

Then run the recovery tool. Select format when prompted.

Best of Luck.

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Nov 27, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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"Please free 6MB for music DB" means that there is not enough MEMORY for the MUSIC DataBase. Therefore, you cannot see the music on your device.

To resolve this, you need to delete music until your device is less than 6MB of being full.

Generally 10 to 15 songs should do the trick.

Best of Luck,

Oct 31, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 Player

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My sansa wouldn't work

The device needs 6MB free for each GB of music.

Delete about 10 or 15 songs and you should be all set.

Best of Luck.

Oct 30, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 Player

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I lost my free space@!!!

The error message says, please free up 6MB for Music DB (database).

Connect the device to your computer and remove several songs. Restart the device, and you should be back to normal.

Best of Luck.

Oct 13, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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My sansa is messed up

It is referring to the "database", or the menus on the device. (i.e. - songs titles, music, artists) It needs at least 6MB of free space on the device to create this. If you freed up what you think is 6MB, it may not be enough. Even though you have a 2GB player, there is only 1.85 of usable space on it. So try deleting some more tracks. If not, format the device and start over. Right click on the device in My Computer and select format. Best of Luck.

Sep 14, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e250 MP3 Player

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Sansa e280r "not enough space for music db. please free 6mb."

Switch your Sansa E260 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 E260 LCD screen displays "Welcome to Recovery Mode"
5. Connect your E260 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 E260 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 E260 (your player should be connected to your PC at this time):

Step 1:
Use this link to download the firmware for your Sansa E260 (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 which caused the player to keep resetting.

Step 3:
When the process is complete, unplug your E260 from your computer, and please make sure you disable the "Hold" switch

Step 4:
Power up your E260 and 90-99% of the time, it would boot up successfully. If not, try to repeat steps 1-4 again.

I hope this helps.

Aug 01, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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