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Sansa Clip stuck on "refreshing database"

I have a 2GB Sansa Clip bought about a year ago.

Recently when I uploaded new MP3s into it and after disconnecting it from the computer, it began the usual "refresh database" routine. This time however, when the loading bar reached very close to the end, it just froze.

-I tried waiting. Several hours later the battery was empty but right before turning off the display STILL showed "Refreshing database".

-When I plug it into the computer it behaves normally, it charges up the battery and lets me upload and erase songs. However when I plug it out the process starts again, and freezes again near the end.

-When the display is stuck on "refreshing database" I can turn the player off. However when I turn it on again it repeats the "refreshing database" routine and gets stuck at the end, again.

-I've managed to partially circumvent the problem by turning the player off and on again while its plugged into the computer. When I unplug it later I can play songs but the database isn't refreshed, it doesn't show songs I've added, and shows songs I've deleted (but of course can't play them).

HELP!

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

ThaMp3Doctor
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SOURCE: Stuck on Refreshing Database

It needs a firmware upgrade, most likely. Read the following for every possible recovery method:

These are the most common methods for recovering Sandisk's Sansa Mp3 Players. I have been almost universally successful in recovering Sansa players using one or a combination of these methods. These methods do not work if you are having synchronization or music format issues - they are for recovering a player that will not power up, freezes, flashes, is not recognized by the computer, and a host of other issues.

Reset the Sansa Player first. On most models, restart is done by holding the power button in for 15 seconds or longer. Check your specific manual to be sure. The manuals are available from the Sansa website if they have been misplaced.
Download the Sansa Recovery Tool from the Sansa website.
Format - Erases Everything: Connect your Sansa player to the computer and open Windows Media Player. Click on the Sync tab. Pull down the drop down menu underneath the Sync tab by moving your cursor over the Sync tab and left clicking on the little black arrow underneath the Sync tab. Highlight "Sansa 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.
Firmware Upgrade- Erases Everything: Get the latest firmware upgrade from Sansa - it updates the firmware and erases every song in the player all at once. Note: this method doesn't work if already have the latest firmware. Go to this website and click "Firmware Updater" to find out: http://www.sandisk.com/DriverDownload/driverList.asp
If these fail, then:
Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.
If you get the problem where MTP Device keeps popping up continuously, uninstall the “MTP Device” by going to Start à Control Panel àSystem à Hardware à Device Manager (you computer may vary slightly, depending on Windows Version).
You may have to restart your computer after each of these methods to get them to work properly. Disconnect your Sansa player BEFORE shutting down your computer.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on Jun 07, 2008

ThaMp3Doctor
  • 8596 Answers

SOURCE: Freezes on refreshing database

These are the most common methods for recovering Sandisk's Sansa Mp3 Players. I have been almost universally successful in recovering Sansa players using one or a combination of these methods. These methods do not work if you are having synchronization or music format issues - they are for recovering a player that will not power up, freezes, flashes, is not recognized by the computer, and a host of other issues.

Reset the Sansa Player first. On most models, restart is done by holding the power button in for 15 seconds or longer. Check your specific manual to be sure. The manuals are available from the Sansa website if they have been misplaced.
Download the Sansa Recovery Tool from the Sansa website.
Format - Erases Everything: Connect your Sansa player to the computer and open Windows Media Player. Click on the Sync tab. Pull down the drop down menu underneath the Sync tab by moving your cursor over the Sync tab and left clicking on the little black arrow underneath the Sync tab. Highlight "Sansa 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.
Firmware Upgrade- Erases Everything: Get the latest firmware upgrade from Sansa - it updates the firmware and erases every song in the player all at once. Note: this method doesn't work if already have the latest firmware. Go to this website and click "Firmware Updater" to find out: http://www.sandisk.com/DriverDownload/driverList.asp
If these fail, then:
Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.
If you get the problem where MTP Device keeps popping up continuously, uninstall the “MTP Device” by going to Start à Control Panel àSystem à Hardware à Device Manager (you computer may vary slightly, depending on Windows Version).
You may have to restart your computer after each of these methods to get them to work properly. Disconnect your Sansa player BEFORE shutting down your computer.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

ThaMp3Doctor
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SOURCE: "Refresh Database" never ends!

If you try to load too many songs onto the player initially, it may take up to an hour to get past Refresh database. Unfortunately, if you shut the player off while it is refreshing, it will more than likely ruin your player. Run the Sansa Recovery Tool or Update the Firmware on your Player as a workaround. Make sure the hold/lock switch isn't activated, just as a safeguard.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Database not refreshing, Could not listen the new songs added

go into your menu go into veiw all songs then go to play all

Posted on May 06, 2009

YourZEN
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SOURCE: refreshing database

User guide for Sansa e200R:
http://mp3support.sandisk.com/downloads/um/e200r_userguide_en.pdf


Check this link for Sansa e200 "freezing in refreshing database",
2 steps to follow up:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/34/kw/e200r%20freeze/r_id/101834

1. Reset the device as described on the site of Sandisk.
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/189

If resetting didn't solve your problem
2. Update the firmware.
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/306
2.1 Use the Sansa Firmware Updater for a download of your device
with the next link:
http://mp3support.sandisk.com/sansa/Application/SansaUpdaterInstall.exe
2.2 Follow the instructions "update the firmware" for sansa e200 series:
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/306/kw/e200r%20freeze/r_id/101834

Posted on Sep 20, 2009

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