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Stuck on "re-building library"

When switch on the player goes through the Zen sleek screen and then freezes on "re-building library". I can hear the hard drive running but nothing else happens. I have tried re-setting but it just goes through to the same screen and then freezes and you can't turn it off, you have to leave until the battery runs flat.

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  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2007

    same thing

  • Anonymous Nov 17, 2007

    my player is stuck in rebuilding library and the computer does not recognize it.

  • patriotsfan Jan 15, 2008

    my zen will start up then go right to the re-building screen..and its really loud and it takes forever...then it goes to the main screen and says to select music from my library and over half of my music disapered...and when i do select a song it will play it but not show any information about the song...and when i hook it up to my computer it says its docked but my computer doesnt read it...what do i do???



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I decided to open it up to check out the hard drive to see what kind I would need so I could try replacing it. The data plug that attaches to the hard drive itself was partially unplugged. So, I pushed it back in all the way, put it all back together again, and turned it on just to see if something different might happen. (I had it set in my mind that the hard drive failed and I would need a new one, so I didn't expect anything different to happen) And to my surprise, it worked just like new again.

Before you go off and invest in a new hard drive, I suggest opening it up and make sure that plug is in all the way. Since you'll be opening it up in any case, it wouldn't hurt.

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