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Help in formatting

I tried to format my player and also downloaded the firmware upgrade program.but still formatting could not be said "windows was unable to complete the format" i also tried to format by taking the battery out and then giving the format command.but it proved me of no help. please suggest me a remedy as soon as possible.

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Re: help in formatting

Try formatting using the disk management window if it still not get formatted call sandisk.

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MP 3 player is frozen - removing battery doesn't help

You will be able to restore the functionality of you Lyra after you reinstall the firmware you can download from the manufacturers website. This is a very common problem for mp3 players.

Here are the instructions once you have downloaded the file.


We highly recommend you do not connect your player to the computer until Step 3.

  1. Locate the downloaded RD2010/11/12/15 upgrade file and double click it.
  2. Following the onscreen instructions, allow the program to completely install all USB drivers (Windows 98SE and Windows ME) as well as the upgrade program and firmware. You may be required to reboot once the install is complete.
  3. Connect your RD2010, RD2011, RD2012, RD2015 to the PC using the USB cable.
  4. From the “Start” menu, select “Programs” > “Lyra™ Personal Audio Player” > “RD2010, RD2011, RD2012, RD2015” > “Update Device.”
  5. After the program is finished searching for the device, drivers and new hardware may be detected and installed. Then the “Update Lyra™ (RD2010, RD2011, RD2012, RD2015) Device” box will pop up with current version and new version (1.51) of firmware shown.
  6. Press “Start” to update the firmware of your Lyra™ RD2010, RD2011, RD2012, RD2015. Depending on your existing firmware version, the Upgrader might show an option for formatting the device. Click “Yes” to continue.
  7. When the update is complete, click “Close.” If present, use the Windows system tray icon to safely disconnect the Lyra™ RD2010, RD2011, RD2012, RD2015 and unplug it from the USB cable.
    Your update is now complete.
I hope that helps.

Nov 24, 2009 | RCA Lyra RD2010 MP3 Player

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Cannot download music and mp3 player will not shut off sometimes any suggestions?

Whenever your player acts up, the best solution is to reflash/upgrade the firmware.

Download the firmware upgrade from, and follow all the troubleshooting instructions that popup when you start the program:

  1. start the program,
  2. remove the battery,
  3. hold the play button while plugging the RCA player into your computer's usb port,
  4. release the play button when the term "initalizing" replaces "searching",
  5. check the box that says "format data" (you can try it first without this checked, it may work and will save your music),
  6. click the start button to replace the firmware.

This solution will fix your player.
I hope that helps.

Sep 21, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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How have you formatted(ntfs/fat/fat32)?
Most players use the fat file system, and won't work using ntfs or fat32.
Have you wiped the firmware?
The firmware is the players operating system and needs to be there to run it.
If you run the firmware upgrade program, if you have it, you may be able to recover the player.
try the site for the firmware upgrade program.

Aug 27, 2009 | Samsung YH-820 MP3 Player

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Same problem, firmware solution didn't work

Perhaps you didn't follow all the troubleshooting steps precisely? The no-battery, holding Play, & formatting? Try this solution:

When my computer wouldn't recognize my Pearl, these are the steps I followed after downloading the firmware upgrade from

remove the battery,
start the program,
hold the play button while plugging into usb,
release the play button when the term "initializing" replaces "searching",
click the start button to replace the firmware.

You might want to try leaving the "format data" box unchecked the first time. I had to do this twice and format the second time to fix the aac error, but at least I was able to backup my music after the first time.

Jul 12, 2009 | RCA TH1602 MP3 Player

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Boot error and formating

Try formatting it in FAT 32 or FAT 16, the player sometimes can't read a different filesystem.
If that doesn't work, try upgrading the MP3 firmware, you can download it from the RCA Website (
Follow the steps carefully or you can render your player useless.
After the upgrade, the update program will format the player automatically with the correct filesystem.

Feb 07, 2008 | RCA OPAL M4001 MP3 Player

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Memory probems

What i would recommend you go to do is to format your device using the windows media player and then do a firmware upgrade on the device..the problem you are experiencing right now is because your firmware is corrupted..once you do that should be able to use your device without any problems...
To format your device using windows media player//

Assuming that you are running windows media player 11

Go to your sync tab and right click on the device and hit format..
once the format is completed get the firmware upgrade for the device...
just follow the link to get the firmware upgrade

**Please rate accordingly..**

Thank you

Jan 30, 2008 | Sony NW-E405 MP3 Player

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It can also be caused by transferring DRM (Digital Rights Management) encoded media files via the drag and drop method. It is recommended that you use the drag and drop method to transfer audio files that are not encoded with DRM. If in doubt, use either Creative MediaSource Organizer or Windows Media Player to transfer your files.
To resolve this difficulty, we recommend that you format the player and transfer the content again. You can also download and install the latest firmware, and select the Format Data Area option during firmware update.
To format a MuVo player, connect it to a USB port on your PC. Open the Windows Explorer, and locate the Removable Drive listing and right click on it. Select Format, and choose FAT instead of FAT32 or NTFS. After the formatting is complete, make sure that you stop your player before disconnecting it from your PC (see above)
To update or reload the firmware for a MuVo player, select the model of your player from below.

This firmware upgrade only works with Creative MuVo Micro N200 players. Do not install this upgrade to other players.
You will lose all content in your player when you install the firmware. Back up any audio or data files in your player to your computer before upgrading the firmware.
Before installing the firmware, please complete the following procedures:
  1. Download the latest device driver if you have not installed any drivers for your player. The file name is MStorage_PCDRV_LB_1_07_00_250.exe.
  2. Connect your player to your PC.
  3. Close all active applications (for example, Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, or Windows Media Player etc), as well as background applications such as Norton anti-virus applications.
  4. Double click on the file MStorage_PCDRV_LB_1_07_00_250 to install it. Follow the instructions on the screen.
To install the firmware for your player, follow the procedures below:
  1. Download the firmware update, MuVoN200_PCFW_LF_1_20_04.exe to your hard drive.
  2. Connect your player to your PC if it is not already connected.
  3. Double click the firmware upgrade file.
  4. When prompted to set your player in Recovery mode, disconnect your player from your PC.
  5. Remove the battery from the player, press and hold the Play button while connecting the player to the USB port.
  6. Continue to hold the Play button for about 10 seconds after your player is connected to the USB port.
  7. When the Find New Hardware dialog box appears on your PC screen, release the Play button.
  8. If this is the first time a player is installed as Player Recovery Device, Windows will find a Player Recovery Device (or USB Device), and prompt you for drivers. Click on No , and select Do not search. I will choose the driver to install. Windows will install the necessary drivers automatically.
  9. Double click on the downloaded firmware again (MuVoN200_PCFW_LF_1_20_04.exe) to update the player's firmware.
  10. During the firmware update process, make sure to check the box next to Format Data Area under Download options.
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Jan 21, 2008 | Creative Labs MuVo Micro N200 MP3 Player

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Firmware upgrade

Only 2 things to try

1. try formatting the player again
2. try upgrading the firmware again

if no luck then it will have to be returned for fixing. There are warnings about not completing the upgrade process. Don't mention the above when returning it for repair under warranty.

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how do i format my player

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Formatting the player memory

This process worked for my m25:
1. Download v1.11 firmware file from
2. With USB cable disconnected, turn off the m25.
3. Press Power while holding Menu button until UPGRADE is shown.
4. Connect m25 via USB cable.
5. Run the firmware downloaded in step 1.
6. Disconnect the USB cable, and the m25 should start a normal.

Dec 24, 2005 | Motorola Mobility M25 MP3 Player

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