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My sansa e280 rhapsody says switch to recovery mode

My sansa e280 rhapsody wont turn on it just says main image failed please switch to recovery mode. But underneath it after I switch to recovery mode and connect to my pc it says enter usb2.0 msd mode and underneath that is says SCSI cmd #75. Can anyone tell me how to fix this?

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  • MickC Nov 21, 2007

    Have same problem with my Sansa e280. Download wants me to select MSC mode - can't because I can't get into the sttings because of the warning. Stuck in limbo.

  • lubek 23 Dec 01, 2007

    in recovery mode when sansa is connected with usb cable it say's :enter USB2.0 MSD mode
    i have sansa e280

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2007

    When I connect to the computer, it sees that there is a removable storage device, but i can't get into my mp3 player in Windows explorer or the player's software.

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2007

    i tried this fix. when i tried to run the dwonload i get an error "application failed to read version details"?? any ideas?

  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2007

    the player wont load it says switch to recovery mode

  • ejetty Dec 09, 2007

    how do u go to msd mode

  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2007


  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2007

    I 've turned it of and on, my computerdoesnot recognize it,like it not plugged in?

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    i have the zme problem i try the procedure but it is not

    working.i need help pls my sansa is e280 email me at

  • michal_mis Dec 23, 2007

    load main imase failed switch to recovery mode

  • jasminesm Jan 12, 2008

    The sansa e260 says to switch to recovery mode and i have no idea how to do that...can anyone tell me how?

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2008

    load main image failed switch to recovery mode

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2008

    i cant get it from recovery mode

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2008

    recovery mode

  • wmr1 Apr 24, 2008

    I have a E250R Sansa. It won't load the main and says go to recovery mode. In recovery mode it says USB cable connected Enter USB2.0 MSD mode.

  • Anonymous Jun 17, 2008

    how to switch to recovery mode

  • yali1 Jul 03, 2008

    load main image failed Switch to recovery mode

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    my sansa e260 says switch to recovery mode under it says enter usb2.0 msd mode what do i do

  • JZACARIAS61 Aug 05, 2008


  • ljanechek Mar 11, 2009

    I've downloaded the firmware and followed the instructions to put the mp3 player on hold and pressing the record button until recognized on the computer. I'll get it into recovery mode but after following the prompts the firmware screen says "ERROR! Application failed to read the version details." Please help, I'm about ready to throw this thing out the window.

  • skeeterkins Apr 11, 2009

    mine keeps freezing and when it i try the firmware thing it says it cant read my version or something like that

  • Anonymous May 22, 2009

    Mixmaster u r my hero :D
    thx its work for me ;D



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Recovery mode is used to recover from a fatal error.

Follow these steps and youll be back in business.

Run the recovery tool from the SanDisk website. Make sure you select "format" when prompted.

You need to put the device into "recovery mode" before you run the tool.

- Turn the device off (hold power for 20 seconds)
- Slide the hold switch into "hold" position.
- Press and hold the "record" button while connecting it to your computer. Keep holding the "record" button until you see the "new hardware found" on your computer.

Then run the recovery tool. Select format when prompted.

Best of Luck.

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  • ross11w Oct 24, 2010

    i did it, min got firther than it did befor this but when it gets to the point where is changes from sandisk to rapsity it seas: load main image failed
    switch to recovery mod

  • ross11w Oct 24, 2010

    buy the way dose it matter that min is a rapcity?!?

  • Timothy D
    Timothy D Oct 24, 2010

    because the firmware is different. if you get the rhapsody version of my tutorial, you will be fixed in no time!!


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Me to I have same problem i turn my sansa on an there is folowing message:
Load main image failed
Switch to recovery mode
Please connect USB cable
I know that you will answer me that i have to reinstal firmware but i made it several times and it didn´t work I know how to turn to recovery mode i used recovery tool form sansa website and it stil didn´t work so please can anyone help me?

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

  • Bracker89 Aug 05, 2008

    Well i have same problem !



Welll if any of you were dumb enough to put it through the wash as i did then we are f**cked

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

I still cant get my to work! I dont know what i am doing wrong

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

Thanks!!!! it worked!!!! :D

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