This may not work for everyone - but try inserting a TransFlash (also called Micro SD)card in the microSD slot, and power on. It may then correctly refresh its database. It worked in my case, with firmware ver11.
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Turn it on into recovery mode (Hold + Record Button + Power) Connect to computer (You should detect a 16MB drive) Make an empty text file inside the 16MB Drive and rename it to "sansa.fmt" Unplug the Sansa. You should see now a "Formatting..." on the Sansa's screen. Sansa fixed!
You need to put the device into "recovery mode" before you run the tool.
- Turn the device off (hold power for 20 seconds) - Slide the hold switch into "hold" position. - Press and hold the "record" button while connecting it to your computer. Keep holding the "record" button until you see the "new hardware found" on your computer.
Then run the recovery tool. Select format when prompted.
I feel that the problem you are having is because the firmware that is currently on the device is corrupted...i would recommend you to go to the sandisk website to get the latest firmware upgrafe for your device..the link for the firmware upgrade is below..I hope that helps...if you have any more problems please contact me.... http://www.sandisk.com/Retail/Default.aspx?CatID=1376