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"Not Enough Space for music DB Please free 8 MB"

I've seen that other users, particularly m230 users, have gotten this message. I tried following the reformatting instructions given for that device, but my m250 fails to complete the formatting. Then when I reconnect, the SanDisk firmware upgrade program aborts unexpectedly and generates an error report for Microsoft.

I bought mine in July, 2007, and enjoyed it while it worked. But there's something seriously wrong here.

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Re: "Not Enough Space for music DB Please free 8 MB"

What type of formatting did you do? I suggest that you could try to hard reset by

  1. Turning off the Sansa. Just pull the battery out for a second and then reinstall the battery without pushing any further buttons.
  2. Plug the Sansa into a computer, and open "My Documents" in the computer.
  3. Open the Sansa file as if it were a drive, then go to the "MUSIC Specific storage" file.
  4. Right click the "MUSIC Specific storage" file, and press "Format."
This should hard reset the Sansa m250. This solution has worked for me.

I do not know if this will work on other Sansa m200 type .mp3 players.

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