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Sansa mp3 player could not detect micro sd add on card

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Iam using SANSA (sandisk mp3 player) with 2 gb capacity.It has provision to insert micro SD add on card to extend the memory.I tried inserting 1 gb microsd card but the mp3 player could not detect it and it still reflects the same size it initially had.Please let me know the steps to make it detect the add on memory card.
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Kaartikraaj

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  • Ron T Dec 17, 2007

    When I inserted a micro SD card into my e260, it briefly

    displayed "Refresh Database". Then I plugged the USB into

    my computer, and the computer did not see the card.

    On the e260, under Settings - Info, the micro SD card showed

    2 GB. Then under Settings - USB, I changed from MTB to MSC.

    The computer then recognized the card as "Removable Disk",

    and I can copy and paste music onto the micro SD card.

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2008

    I am able to load songs to my memory card but my player stills says that it is out of memory.

  • tsimba Feb 12, 2008

    I bought 4gb memory card to boost the capacity of my mp3 but it can not detect memory card

    please help

    moses

  • mediaking Apr 11, 2008

    i have the e260 and cannot find a way to configure to mmc - the procuedure does not apply to my device. i still have the issue - WMP and Explorer only see 3.71Gb of space and i have a 2gb microSD card installed.

  • adrianmchs May 04, 2008

    I have a Sandisk Sansa e250 that doesn't recognize my Sandisk MircoSD.
    Both are capable of holding 2GB of information. I called tech support and they didn't help much.

  • Badboybuster May 30, 2008

    I changed the USB mode to MSC and my computer does recognize another drive. However, whenever I try to open the new removable disk, it prompts me to insert one when it is clearly inserted into the player.


    Please help.


  • funnibunni Jun 13, 2008

    Hi, I have the same problem. I bought a 4 GB memory card for my sansa np3 player, but when I tried to add more songs onto it, Windows Media player said that I had no more room left. Help!!!

  • Anonymous Jul 09, 2008

    I just bought a Sasa drive with 2 GIG of memory, and separately I purchased an 8 GIG micro SD drive. I have inserted the micro SD into the Sansa drive, but it hasn't beenrecognized yet. What do I do?'s not a sansa e260. It's a Sansa express.

  • Anonymous Oct 17, 2008

    I have the same problem. How can I fix this?

  • denise_alv Nov 11, 2008

    how do I switch from USB to MSC mode?

  • nightwolfmof Nov 17, 2008

    i have the same problem with my 4 gig sd micro card and it wont detect on my computer either

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    micro sd will not be recognized

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    wat size are these devices compatible up to? the 4gig version could it take a 4gig mem card?

  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    This peice of rubbish just will not read the micor SD card in My Computer after about 50 attempts and re-starts. This unit is absolute rubbish!

  • killsansa Dec 26, 2008

    i have a sansa e250, and i bought a 4gig micro sd card to go with it. The problem is that the card is not recognised by either the sansa player or my laptop. It shows up in msc mode as my sansa player and removable drive F, however when i try to acess the removable drive it asks me to insert the drive. 
    Ive tried everything , and it still wont let me. 
    im really getting sick of this piece of **** sansa player..

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    Hi I have a sansa usb mp3 player and i have a micro sd card, I inserted it but it cannot be read pls let me know what I have to do, to get it to read.

  • gojimmie Feb 01, 2009

    I have the e260.i had a 2gb mico in for about 2yrs.i went to buy a 8gb and my pc won't recognize it.either will the player.then i bought a 4gb and it is doing the same thing.i tried everything.i put it in MSC,still won't work.this player is about 2yrs old.will it hold anything bigger they 2gb.thanks,any reply would be great...

  • hearthacker6 May 12, 2009

    can not detect the memory card in my sansa e260

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Anything over 4GB is a Micro SDHC card, not a Micro SD card. It is a completely different type of card format on the inside, and despite the compatible size and shape, it will not work on devices labeled only as Micro SD card compatible. The Sansa e200 and up (e250, e260, ect.) are NOT COMPATIBLE WITH MICRO SDHC CARDS (Micro SD cards that exceed 2GB in capacity).

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Ok so as was mentioned its a SDHC card. and a v1 player won't play it.
you have a "v1" is your firmware starts with 01.xx.xx.xxx etc
to fix this you can "rockbox" your e260 (www.rockbox.org)
it makes the player much much better imo as well as allow it to read 8 gb sd cards.
though i have to put it in my card reader to add files not sure why but my player does read and recognize the files so thats a plus.

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Kaartikraaj,

I don't think the card will be detected if it is empty. Ron T. has explained the procedure for loading the memory card pretty well. Change theUSB mode setting of your Sansa to MSC and see if your computer recognizes your unit as a drive. If so, copy some appropriate files onto the 'drive.' If you are using a microSD card taht already has data on it, try removing the files and re adding them. When manipulating data on the microSD card, the unit needs to be switched to the MSC mode. Once you have data on the card, switch the USB Mode back to MTP. The unit should then recognize the data on the card.

It is somewhat hard to tell by your post, so I mean no offense when I say the user's manual on the CD that came with the player may also help you, too.

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I just got my player (Sansa E260) about an hour ago from (UPS). I have had this very problem for the past hour with my Kingston (2GB SD Card). After giving up on my leads and not finding much help for things I already done, I decided to do the next best thing and it worked.

The (SD) card cannot, and repeat cannot, be formatted in (NTSC). This is why (Sansa E200+) series does not recognize it. Like most other players they are formatted in old (FAT) format thus cannot recognize the newer (NTSC) with its old (FAT) system.

Here is how I did it!!!

1) insert the (SD) card into your memory-card reader in the (PC) and not the player-itself, after the screen pops up asking you what to do click off that.
2)Go to Start, Computer, and find your drive where the card is inserted as mine is (H).
3)Right-click and then scroll down to (Format) and left-click that
4)upon the screen leave the capacity size alone, then click the (NTSC) to (FAT Default), then below at under "Allocation-Size" click (default allocation size), then scroll down and click "quick format", then finally click (Start).

Just did it myself and bingo!!! Now my (Sansa E260) through my test faze recognizes my card and the database just finished recataloging the first folder and now loading the rest of my files on.

Also make sure as others have stated that you have via your player in the "settings" switched to (MSC) and not the (MTP).

Hope this helps you!!!

Posted on Feb 07, 2009

  • JosephR Feb 07, 2009

    I just got my player (Sansa E260) about an hour ago from (UPS). I have had this very problem for the past hour with my Kingston (2GB SD Card). After giving up on my leads and not finding much help for things I already done, I decided to do the next best thing and it worked.
    The (SD) card cannot, and repeat cannot, be formatted in (NTSC). This is why (Sansa E200+) series does not recognize it. Like most other players they are formatted in old (FAT) format thus cannot recognize the newer (NTSC) with its old (FAT) system.
    Here is how I did it!!!
    1) insert the (SD) card into your memory-card reader in the (PC) and not the player-itself, after the screen pops up asking you what to do click off that.
    2)Go to Start, Computer, and find your drive where the card is inserted as mine is (H).
    3)Right-click and then scroll down to (Format) and left-click that
    4)upon the screen leave the capacity size alone, then click the (NTSC) to (FAT Default), then below at under "Allocation-Size" click (default allocation size), then scroll down and click "quick format", then finally click (Start).
    Just did it myself and bingo!!! Now my (Sansa E260) through my test faze recognizes my card and the database just finished re-cataloging the first folder and now loading the rest of my files on.

    ***Also make sure as others have stated that you have via your player in the "settings" switched to (MSC) and not the (MTP).
    Hope this helps you!!!

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There are a couple things you can do.. If you want to use it in MTP mode (Media Transfer Protocol - the sansa default), windows media player or winamp will allow you to manage the content on the player, and it will see the additional SD card.

If you want to drag-and-drop media onto the player, press and hold down the "back" button while plugging the player into the usb port (and continue to hold the button until the device is recognized), and it will recognize it in "MSC" mode (Mass Storage Class), allowing you to drag/drop data files onto the player.

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You can change it undr Settings and then scroll around to USB. tap the >>| button and change the USB settings there.

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I had the same problem and used the guidelines here and the problem was fixed! thanks!

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How do u change ur sd card settings to msc settings?????

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

Yep, change it to MSC and it'll show up. Just did it and it worked for me. Thanks everyone.

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I believe you can fix it by going on the player, then to settings, then to USB mode, and switching it from MTP to MSC. If you're in MSC already and it fails to recognize, then I don't know. :(

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