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Storage Problems Help, My Sansa e250 2 gig device has storage problems! It says on my pc and on the device itself that it only has 198mb left! though when i formated it still says 198mb left even though i have no files on the actual device. Hope someone can help soon............. Also I have windows vista buisness

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Sounds like something isn't communicating right. If there's anything important on your device, take it off and follow the instructions posted here: http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11233

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