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My unit is reading format error

A friend erased all my files by formating it on his computers E drive now when i tried to install new music using the correct program it's reading format error

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Sir please help me format error showing all

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My freestyle player says format error how to fix?? it was working fine and then this error.

Hello there,

Q.: My player is having a DRM error / Format Error / Empty Disk Error
what do I do?
A: For all 3 errors, the first step is to attempt to reset the player, this can be accomplished by pressing the play and menu
buttons down together for approximately five seconds. If reset does nothing, make sure all the songs are .mp3s, if all songs
are .mp3s, attempt to format and re-sync the player.

if you need it

How do I convert my iTunes into MP3 format?
A: See Music Conversion Instruction Document: Transferring and Playing Music on Freestyle Audio mp3 players with

if you need to format the player here is how for MAC and windows.

Q.: What's Reformatting, How do I format my Player?
A: Reformatting your player basically wipes you player clean and deletes all songs, leaving you with a blank slate. Like
most removable drives you can reformat your player with no worries of damage to the unit. When reformatting on a Mac
make sure you choose the MS-DOS format style.
PC (Windows NT, 9x, XP and Vista):
1. Plug in the Mp3 Player.
2. Put the Player in removable drive mode. Under "My Computer" you should
see the player as a removable drive.
3. Right click on the "removable drive" and a Drop down menu should appear.
4. In the menu select the option "format..."
5. Make sure that "FAT" is selected as the file system and that Allocation
Unit size is set to "Default Allocation Unit Size"
6. Now click format and wait, after it says format complete, you're done.
MAC OS 9 (and Earlier):
1. Plug the player in.
2. Put the player in removable drive mode.
3. Single-click the disk's icon on your desktop to format.
4. Pull down the "Special" menu from the top of the screen and select "Erase
5. Enter whatever name you want in the "Name:" field in the window that pops
up. If the disk is a hard drive, select "Mac OS Extended" from the
"Format:" pull down. If the disk is not a hard drive (such as a Zip Disk
or other removable media), select "MS-DOS or MAC OS Standard" for the
6. Press "Erase." The drive will be formatted and ready to use.
MAC OS X (and later):
1. Start your computer and plug in the player in the USB port after the Mac
OS has completed loading.
2. Put the Player in removable drive mode.
3. An icon for a removable drive should appear for the flash drive on the
4. From the Dock, open "Disk Utility".
5. Click "Erase" from the top selector (next to "First Aid")
6. Choose "MS DOS File System (FAT16)"
7. Click the "Erase" button
8. Perform the instructions given on the screen and finish the formatting.

if you need any help with a Step let me know and i hope this information was helpful don't forget to Rate .

Jan 27, 2011 | Freestyle Audio MP3 Player

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Sir i have my iriver mp3 player for more than 3 years it was working very fine but last year. when ever i start it it shows me file check error. and it runs the radio very flawlessly but there i cannopt...

Sounds like a corrupt file system. Assuming you are using Windows, If you can view the disk in My Computer, right click on the drive, select properties, tools tab, in the error checking option select check now.
You may also be able to format the drive by right clicking on the mp3 player's hdd and selecting format, then quick format. Copy any music you wish to keep though on a separate drive as format will erase it.

Mar 18, 2010 | MP3 & Digital Media Players

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I have no files on the player,but it has no free space

I work for Coby technical support. Our customer service phone number is 1-800-727-3592.

Formatting the player should solve your problem. To format, follow the steps below.

Step 1

Connect the unit to your computer via the USB port.
Step 2

Double-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, or, click your start button and choose My computer from the right side of the start menu.

Step 3

Right-click the icon for the Coby player.

Step 4

Choose Format from the menu that appears, and choose quick format after that.

Step 5

You'll see a warning that formatting will erase all data on the drive. Click OK.

If you format the player and still cannot copy and paste any music into it, unfortunately the unit needs to be replaced. The unit can not be fixed or repaired if it's defective. The warranty is 90 days for the date of purchase. You will need the receipt to receive a warranty replacement.

If you feel this solution doesn't deserve a good rating, please let me know why so that I may better assist you. If there is anything more I can do to help, I will!

Jan 04, 2009 | Coby MP-C582 MP3 Player

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Flash error

Generally this either means you have a filesystem error or the flash memory that your mp3 player stores its music on has gone bad.

If you plug the mp3 player into your PC and view its drive letter in my computer. By right clicking to open the command window you can choose format. When you make sure you do not have quick format checked, go ahead with the format. This will erase all of the music currently on it, but may fix the problem with replacing the file system. If your memory is bad, your best bet is to replace the unit. Repairing these is generally never worth the cost since they drop in price half every 6 months.

Jul 28, 2008 | iLO (2 GB) MP3 Player

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The song format is most likely wrong:
read my "Tips and Tricks" on Song formats for Mp3 players: too long to repost here

Song Formats for Mp3 Players Explained
By Tha Mp3 Doctor
I have seen quite a few threads around Fixya in which the stated problem is that the Mp3 or Digital Audio Player will not load the songs; will appear to load the songs but will not actually play them in the Mp3 player once disconnected from computer; will skip the songs on the player, or show only “0:00” for file length; songs “disappear” all of a sudden (although this particular problem can be caused for many reasons not covered in this article); your store-bought/burned/ripped CD’s will not load into your Mp3 player; or get the error message “File Format Not Supported.” All of these problems occur because the user is trying to download a song format that the player does not recognize. Every music file is in a certain format. The most common music file formats are Mp3, WMA, AAC, WAV, RA, etc. Each Mp3 player only recognizes a certain number of these formats. Every Mp3 Player is different. You will have to check your Mp3 player’s product specifications (specs) or user’s manual to find out which formats your particular Mp3 player recognizes. When you try to download or sync the wrong file format, you will get one of the errors that I mentioned above.

Or, it could be a "formatting" issue:
There are two ways to format an Mp3 player - one on the computer itself, and one in Windows Media Player. Both methods will end up erasing all the songs on the player, but the player will be "good as new" after that. Sometimes reformatting in this manner will override the player's native formatting and cause problems - this can be reversed in most cases by updating the player's firmware. Firmware upgrades are available from most manufacturers' websites.

WARNING: The following procedures will erase all songs on the player.

Check if the file system is NTFS. If yes, format it to FAT or FAT32. - Connect player to computer, double-click my computer, right click on icon of mp3 player and select format. This only applies to Windows-based computers.
You can also format the player in Windows Media Player itself:
Connect your Mp3 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 "name of Mp3 player here 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Jun 10, 2008 | JNC Computers SSF-310 MP3 Player

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I had the same issue and just connected the device to my computer USB connection and performed a quick format on the drive and it now works. You will be warned that reformatting the drive will erase all the data, which will happen. But you can simply reload your music and be back in business... Rod

Jan 17, 2008 | Delstar DS 31024 MP3 Player

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How dom i reformat it

you need to format your mp3 by clicking the option button in your mp3. do not reformat in computer because it has a different system. after reformatting you need to download the sonique stage this will serve as your player in your pc and automatically transfers the music files in your mp3 once insert this into usb port. hoping that this will help you

Dec 10, 2007 | Sony NW-E505 MP3 Player

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My mp3 player...

You may have to find the reset button on your player and try that. You can also format the drive if plugged in to a computer. The device will show up as a new drive. Go to My Computer and look for the new drive, right click it and click Format. You want to format it but not with NTFS. That will erase everything including games. 

Oct 28, 2007 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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Playback error

you could try to formated its eassy just go to MY COMPUTER right click on the drive and select format it will erase all music in the mp3.

Feb 12, 2007 | Samsung Yepp YP-Z5QB MP3 Player

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Go to my computer and right click them seclect format.

Jun 08, 2006 | i-Bulldog IMP-90 MP3 Player

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