I’ve had my Clip+ for about two years now, so I’m familiar with some of the quirks it has. I recently updated to the most current firmware and music files played fine after that.
At some point in recent months I noticed that if I plugged in the unit on my work PC then I’d get the message on the PC that the disk needed to be formatted in order to use. I would click no ignore it. (I plugged it in at work sometimes just to recharge, not for file management.) I would always do the Eject before unplugging. On my home MacBook is where I would put on music, etc. It would always connect fine.
I recently got a new microSD card to replace the one that popped out and disappeared months ago. I inserted it into the Clip+ and plugged the Clip+ into my work PC, just to see if the PC would recognize the new card.
This is where the details get fuzzy. I believe I got distracted at work with something else (clicking around a billion windows/tabs) and next thing I knew I heard the “ding” of the “Needs to be formatted” dialog box. I must have clicked on it without realizing it because eventually I noticed a window showing my Clip+ and card, although both were listed as empty. I was a bit annoyed that I mistakenly erased my music, but I was fine with that in the long run if it meant a smoother overall Clip+.
I disconnected the unit and encountered the dreaded “Not enough space for music DB. Please free 90MB” message. But this time I was unable to get past it.
- Re-connecting it to the PC (with or without holding the center button) does nothing new.
- Re-connecting it to the Mac (with or without holding the center button) does nothing new.
holding down the power button for 20+ seconds does nothing of significance.
if I button mash it during the start up part I can sometimes get the “refreshing your media” screen, but it always contains a blank progress bar. It doesn’t seem to auto power down from that screen, so I left it on all night in order to deplete the battery.
sometimes when I turn it on now I get the low battery / shut down screens.
If I connect it to the PC (with or without holding the center button) then I just get the “not enough space” message.
What else can I try? If it were recogonized by the PC/Mac I’d try to reformat again. Did I brick it? Do i need to spend $55 on another one? (I’d still prefer another Clip+ over the Zip.)