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My zen player has a hard disk problem

Whenever i put on my player, it comes up on Recovery mode and tells me i have a harddisk problem..

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Re: my zen player has a hard disk problem

You will need to replace the hard drive. This involves opening up the player. You can do it yourself or take it to a technician. Be careful; you could easily damage it by opening it up.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007

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Hi Lil

Sounds like you have tried all the obvious. The unit may have a terminal hardware problem or an unrecoverable firmware problem. I suggest that you return the unit to a dealer and see if there support guys can produce a cure for you. I am looking for any other things that you may try. Will post any for you soon


Feb 17, 2008 | Creative Labs Zen Digital Media Player

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Stuck on Recovery Mode

Hi you can try going to Creative's website and downloading there Creative MP3 Player Recovery Toolsoftware and what that does is update everything and most of the timeit will fix what the problem . I would try that first.

Ihope this helps

Aug 23, 2009 | Creative Labs ZEN Vision:M Digital Media...

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First off, download the Firmware upgrade from Creative (

Don't run it just yet!

Now, go into the Zen Micro's Recovery Mode:

1. Take out the battery
2. Press and hold the ON/LOCK button in the ON position (far left) and put the battery back in the player.
3. The player will then switch on - wait until "Recovery Mode" appears on the screen then let go of the ON/LOCK button.

The Recovery Mode options include an option to "Reload Firmware".

Now connect your Zen Micro to your PC and run the Firmware upgrade. Your player should be recognized by the Firmware uploader. If it isn't, then then your player has other damage.

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Hard disk problem?

hi mark,I have same problem..recovery mode nothing works .. i live in australia and not sure yet who fixes it telss you about firmware download..have not tried yet..this is only something new.will try more things and post again Good luck Helen

Aug 04, 2008 | Creative Labs Zen Touch MP3 Player

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Recovery mode


You might have a bad motherboard or a bad hard drive. If you did the format and it did NOT say "Harddisk Problem" then your hard drive is probably healthy.

BUT "firmware problem" still means you have a hardware problem. You could replace the motherboard.

If you want to know how to take it apart, google "Disassemble zen vision:M"

Apr 08, 2008 | MP3 & Digital Media Players

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My Nomad zen xtra 40gb is stock !!!

It sounds like the hard drive may be damaged. Have you tried to put it in recovery mode?

Put a paperclip in the reset hole while holding down the play button until you see the screen go to recovery mode. Then try the format option; this will erase all your files but it will tell you if you need a new hard drive.

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im having that sme problem! even when i try 2 restart it still acts crazy! when u find out how 2 fix ur let me kno cuz really want this thing 2 start workin again

Mar 15, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN Vision:M Digital Media...

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Hard drive

Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.

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Problem with 'Hardisk Problem'

"Hard-disk Problem"... I'd just like to confirm once more that smacking the player on its rhs while turning it on works.I had to smack it fairly hard though so don't be afraid!! I didn't try smacking it till I checked out the threads above so thanks everyone I'm a happy man again!! :)
Detach your player from the PC if it is connected, and turn off the player.
If the player stops responding, you can reset the player. To reset the player, gently
insert a thin object into the Reset hole located below the power switch.

2. Press and hold the Play button while powering on your player.

3. When the player displays the Creative logo, release the Play button.
It will display the following options:
Clean Up
Scans the player and removes invalid links from its music library.
Does not affect music files themselves.
Format (All)
Caution! Erases all content!
Save a copy of your player's content before formatting.
Reload OS/ Firmware
Caution! Erases your player's firmware.
DO NOT select the Reload Firmware option unless you have access to a PC and you have downloaded the necessary firmware to install.
Reboot Reboots the device.

I actually had this exact problem a little while ago with my Zen Sleek-- Booting straight to the Recovery menu, and only getting a generic "Harddisk problem" error screen any time I would try to do anything.

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