I've had my sansa e250 for more than a year now and it's been fine until today, when i tried to sync some new songs to it. At first my laptop couldn't register my sansa, but when I tried to go ahead with the syncing it went ahead. But then suddenly it says on my screen,"Memory full! Unable to create database," eventhough i KNOW for a fact that i have about 500MB of free memory left in it.
So, I unplugged my sansa and it just hangs! I tried shutting it off by pressing the off button but it didn't work. So, being desperate, I unscrew the back, and shut it off my taking out the battery for a bit. When i turn it back on, the"Memory full!" came up again, and i checked through my playlist and all the songs were gone!! I checked my memory, but still only 500MB was available. Tried to reset everything, but it doesn't seem to work. HELP ME!!!
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The device is supposed to refresh each time in case you put in a new memory card or added additional files. That's not the problem - this is:
There are two connection settings in USB: MTP and MSC. For some reason MTP is the default, but it doesn't connect properly on all computers. Select MSC and plug the player in again, the computer will recognize sansa e250 but not show the driver just yet. It is installing recognition software (just basic drivers - nothing heavy) and it doesnt tell you what its doing until its complete. WAIT FOR IT. Once it is complete you will see both the sansa e250 and the removable memory slot in your "my computer" now you're good to go.
Go ahead and do this, in case the DB is corrupted:
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/Retail/DriverDownloads.aspx
If your device is too full, it wont have enough room to create the music database for the new songs.
Move some of your music off of the device onto the memory card.
Try to keep about 10MB free for each GB of music you have.
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Best of Luck.
First switch your USB control to MSC. Then turn off your mp3 player and activate the hold icon. Then turn it on while holding the record button with hold icon still being activated. then it will go to recovery mode. Now plug your sandisk into the computer and wait until it says RECOVERY COMPLETE...PLEASE DISCONNECT or when it just says for you to disconnect. This worked on my sandisk, and it hopefully work for you.