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Problems with Sansa e250

I've had my Sansa since the beginning of February...It worked fine until I got a bad track on it. Ever since then, about half the songs ( I usually have about 300-400 songs on it) say "bad track" and they won't delete...Then I went to add songs to it and delete the bad ones off. I disconnected it from the computer and turned it on after it refreshed, only to find it doubled every song and all of the doubles were "bad tracks". I searched the folders and the only way I could delete the bad double was deleting the working original and it keeps doing that...Does any1 have any advice for me? Cuz personally, I'm about to trash it!

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  • coffeechick Dec 02, 2007

    My sansa was working fine, until literally one morning, all of a sudden, nearly every track was a "bad track". I tried deleting all the songs using my computer, but most of the songs couldn't even be deleted. Now, I turn on my sansa and it tells me the front logo won't load and i have to go to recovery mode. So i do. And I don't know WHY i was to do this, but it did nothing for me. I'm brainstorming creative ways to destroy this sansa.. so far i've decided on either slow roasting it, or using it as a badminton birdie...but if anyone has any idea of how to fix the problem, or more creative ways to destroy my sansa, please let me know.

  • jhenry922 Dec 13, 2007

    Yes, I had a similar problem with it. It has a bad track listing for Husker Dus Zen Arcade, and Windows XP won't allow me to delete it.

  • TRUE1 Dec 16, 2007

    My Sansa also displays a few songs that indicate "bad track" and I can't find a way to delete those few songsoff my player?? They do not show anywhere when I plug it in.

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  • Kagaly1222 Feb 20, 2008

    i have somewhat the same problem. my sansa was all good and fine until one day i decided to make some of my songs onto my 'go list'. then, the next time i went to listen to one of the songs off of it, it said bad track... now all the songs from that album have bad track on them. i am also not able to find them, let alone delete them off my sansa! it is extremely frustrating, and i don't want whatever is happening to get worse... help?!?



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These are the most common methods for recovering Sandisk's Sansa Mp3 Players. I have been almost universally successful in recovering Sansa players using one or a combination of these methods. These methods do not work if you are having synchronization or music format issues - they are for recovering a player that will not power up, freezes, flashes, is not recognized by the computer, and a host of other issues.

Reset the Sansa Player first. On most models, restart is done by holding the power button in for 15 seconds or longer. Check your specific manual to be sure. The manuals are available from the Sansa website if they have been misplaced.
Download the Sansa Recovery Tool from the Sansa website.
Format - Erases Everything: Connect your Sansa player to the computer and open Windows Media Player. Click on the Sync tab. Pull down the drop down menu underneath the Sync tab by moving your cursor over the Sync tab and left clicking on the little black arrow underneath the Sync tab. Highlight "Sansa 1GB" (wording may vary slightly), and then select "Format." - this should erase everything.
Firmware Upgrade- Erases Everything: Get the latest firmware upgrade from Sansa - it updates the firmware and erases every song in the player all at once. Note: this method doesn't work if already have the latest firmware. Go to this website and click "Firmware Updater" to find out:
If these fail, then:
Try this: disconnect the player from the computer, turn it off, hold in the volume + button, and reconnect the player to the computer while holding the volume + button in. Keep holding the volume + button for an additional 5-50 seconds. Windows should eventually go into recovery mode and revive the player- it will pop up a window that says Found New Hardware Wizard.
If you get the problem where MTP Device keeps popping up continuously, uninstall the “MTP Device” by going to Start à Control Panel àSystem à Hardware à Device Manager (you computer may vary slightly, depending on Windows Version).
You may have to restart your computer after each of these methods to get them to work properly. Disconnect your Sansa player BEFORE shutting down your computer.
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on May 26, 2008


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