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Flash errror my mp3 player: RCA JET s2002, keeps saying: flash error please backup data and format the player

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  • pickled stew Jan 10, 2008

    I keep getting a flash error that says to back up data and format. I have done this three times and it is still there. What now?

  • Beauty1_07 Feb 18, 2008

    I'm favcing the same problem with my RCA JET also, I've formatted my player and backed up all of my files, but it still doesn't work. Help!

  • kaybay17 Feb 26, 2008

    Has anyone found a solution to this problem? I am having the same issue.

  • Anonymous May 01, 2008

    flash error plese backup the data and format the player

  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2008

    same here if anyone knows why email me at

  • Daddys_Angel Aug 12, 2008

    flash error!

    please backup the data and format the player

  • shandybrown1 Aug 21, 2008

    I have the same problem. But it wont do ANYTHING!

  • Anonymous Nov 13, 2008

    flash error

  • brandyb1013 Nov 20, 2008

    it says Error! Reformat external media with Sigma Tel formatter

    Please help me this is my sons

  • foobigdan09 Nov 22, 2008

    it says flash error! please backup the data and format the player

  • loco_mania Nov 24, 2008

    I went to plug it into my computer to download songs onto it and it wouldn't come up so i unplugged it from my computer and it came up with the message flash error please backup the dat and format player. what do i do with it.

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2008

    if u find anything email me at



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I was having the same problem as the rest after hooking my RCA S2001 MP3 player up to my new computer that is running Windows Vista Home. I did the following to fix my MP3 player on my old computer which is XP Home.
I fixed my player by loading the latest firmware version (1.5 at this time and can be found at ). After you load this application to your computer you access the update device application from the start menu/programs/RCA digital Audio Player/Jet/Update device. One thing that I had to do that had not been mentioned yet in this forum was selecting "Format data area"
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Doing this wipes your device completely clean but it allows for you to keep using the device. The update device program will give you additional information after the update and format.
This should fix your device if not contact RCA through the same website above to ask additional questions.

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

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I finally got mine to work. I let it go completely dead. Then I plugged it in to my laptop, clicked computer,right clicked the Jet and clicked format. I lost everything on it but it seems to be working fine now.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008


My mp3 player was doing this anout a month after i got it. I pushed the reset button in. I didnt lose any of my songs. I dont know how long it will last. I hoped this helped.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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My husband's RCA Jet s2001a was working fine and then he had the same problem.  We tried resetting and reformatting and nothing.  Still had the same message when unplugged from computer.  I downloaded the latest version of firmware 1.5V from RCA website.  I plugged in the mp3 player, pushed the reset button.  Then while holding down the play button for the whole process, I formatted the mp3 player then updated the firmware on the mp3 player.  When I unplugged the player, the error message was gone and player seems to be back to normal.  If the above process does not work, then try uninstalling RCA firmware previously used and repeat the above process.  Hope this helps someone else.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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