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Can't get it to format, getting an I/O error

Hi, I am receiving an error to format my Rio Forge 512MB player and I've gone to my computer, right-clicked, tried to format but get another error saying "the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error"
Can you help? I've read through all the items already asked and athough this question has been asked there has not been a solution offered.

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Re: can't get it to format, getting an I/O error


The solution is on that page, look for "michelle" and do exactly what she posted. Worked for me and I ahd the same problem!

Posted on Dec 03, 2007

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