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Formatting the iriver x20

Hi, I have had the iriver X20 8GB stop opening due to bad files which have been loaded to it. It was suggested to me to Format the device, but after reading the manual its not clear how to do it at all. Other than it needs to connected to the PC. But as it doesn't open due to bad files the PC doesn't recognise it.


 Any tips on how to format the device?


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Re: Formatting the iriver x20

I think you need to have a Windows XP w/SP1 or later and USB 2.0 port to connect to. Any older operating system/Pc will not do. Once you make the connection, simply Right-Click on the new drive letter (PC would have created for the player) and click <Format> followed by <start> .

Posted on Dec 04, 2007

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Song names in X20

i think you should try this...
if you dont already, download iriver plus 3
install it
open iriver plus 3
plug in iviver
go to tools>Portable Device>Disk Initialization

this should format your iriver and replace all the original files

i reccomend only putting music, video, pictures and ebooks on via iriver plus 3

and also please make sure you safely remove the iriver each time you connect it to the computer
if you dont, there is a chance that you will screw your iriver, you may have heard of the "building library" problem, which nobody has found a solution for yet.

i hope this helps you!!
good luck!

Jun 06, 2009 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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I can't figure out how to put playlists on my iriver x20

yea i know what ur talking about. unfortunately the iriver x20 can only read SOME types of playlists. for example the windows media playlist that some people use doesnt work but the .m3u files which u can convert on winamp does work. its a real pain i know but that's why i just add files while i listen to them on the music menu of the x20.
hope that helps!

Feb 18, 2009 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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Iriver X20 won't read on Iriver plus 3

this is a major problem i found with iriver plus 3. it tends to stall quite regularly. i suggest using wmp11 its just as effective. it cannot convert files but it syncs up quite nicely

Hope that helps!

Nov 08, 2008 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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Iriver X20 switches off when using FM Recorder

there may be a problem with the menu files...

Aug 30, 2008 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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you need to download the files onto your comp and then use wmp 11 and sync..
if u need to change formats of the music, video or pictures use iriver plus 3 that came with the product

Jun 02, 2008 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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**error** can't open this file???

Be sure you are using the latest version of Iriver Plus 3, to load your music. It automatically makes all the necessary conversions to put files on the player.

May 08, 2008 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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Iriver x20

try and view hidden files...
it depends wat the folder is...
it might be a system folder, in which case you'd be better to just ignore it

Apr 05, 2008 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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Same problem on a 2GB x20 I just bought. Easy to get things into the device, but nothing recognized as playlist either using iriver plus3 or Media Player.

Feb 05, 2008 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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Downloading movie length DVD to iriver x20

Yes, you need to convert all your movies to a format iRiver and understand and play.

Here's a link:
Movie Converter for iRiver and instructions

I'm not sure whether Movie Converter supports original DVD files. If that is not the case, then you'll have to convert DVD video into a format that iRiver X20 can use, and then feed that new video to Movie Converter.

However, that would be a bit redundant: to save on time and quality, you could use other video Conversion tools, such as SUPER:

After loading your DVD, you set the parameters to mirror those accepted by your iRiver model. In case of iRiver X20, those parameters are:

Extension: AVI [[also known as container]]
Video Codec: WMV9 SP, MPEG-4 SP [[MPEG-4 = XVID, DIVX]]
Video Resolution: max 320 × 240
Video Framerate: max 30 fps
Video Bit Rate: max 512 kbps

After successful conversion, upload your new video file to your iRiver X20 and play it back. If it plays [and plays correctly] - then congratulations - it works! If it does not play, then you might have made a mistake while setting the output parameters in SUPER.

Hope it helps. Rate me. Thanks.

.:: Cyberneticus ::.

Jan 05, 2008 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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IRiver X20 won't boot

first try to go through the iriver plus program and see if there's any tools that can help. or reformat through your computer!
try copying the system files onto something then delete all your media files usually the library is just too big....
i had this problem once and i removed the battery as it was loading and the next time i booted it, it worked =). (this is worst case scenario though, you might end up screwing up the battery)


Oct 20, 2007 | iRiver X20 MP3 Player

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