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Creative Zen Sleek

My mp3 player turned on in my pocket, I dont know how long, but i went to turn it off, and it froze. So the only thing Icould do was let it run out of battery. The next day I recharged it, but a menu came up that said Recovery Mode and it gave me 4 options. 1. 2. Format All 3. Reload Frimware 4. Reboot I tryed the first and it didnt do anything, then i tryed Format All, and it said it had a harddrive problem, and also said t had a hard drive problem when I tryed Reload Firmware, then i rebooted, and it went to the same screen. I dont beleive it is the usb cord, beacause it lets me recharge it and recognizes it as a device on my computer, but it says it only has 20MB of memory and it says its EMPTY. I dont know what to do now.

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  • Mike Calhoun Mar 26, 2007

    this didnt help me, i have already tried to reset it, it goes back to the recovery mode menu

  • Envyme Dec 05, 2007

    I have the same problem.
    I've tried everything I know how to do, including the reset button and reload firmware. When I try to connect it to my computer, the creative software doesn't read it, and it won't let me reinstall the firmware for my player.



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The hard drive is bad
common problem with these
i recommend replacing it with a cf flash card more reliable.
lmk if you need more info

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There is a little hole at the bottom of your mp3 player. It's the reset button. Click some lead out of a mechanical pencil and insert it into the hole. That will reset your mp3 player, and will probably take care of the problem. If it doesn't, let me know. I had the same problem, and all I did was hit the reset button. The hole is really tiny, but you can't miss it. -Sarah

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The recovery tool mentioned above is not designed for the sleek photo. You need to download the firmware for the sleek photo from creative's site. Now we need to get your player recognized to get the firmware loaded. If you have Windows Media Player 11, it needs to be removed. Also remove WMP runtime. After that, restart the pc and your player should be recognized. You can then double click on the firmware program to run it. It might say something like, this firmaware is already you want to reload it? Click yes to reload.

I had the same problem with my sleek photo. Once I got rid of WMP and the runtime everything worked like a charm.

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