FAT is corrupted

I have a sansa clip 2gig mp3 player when i turn it on it says FAT is corrupted and shuts down it also says connect device to pc and restore FAT.  I connect it to pc and it is not recognized Rhapsody also doesn’t recognize it.  I went into the e drive to try and restore but get a this device cannot be restored message . my pc is a Dell inspiron/1200
Message Edited by kritter420 on 01-04-2010 08:18 AM

Can you reformat under Settings on the Clip?  That could fix matters.  (Note:  it will erase the content on your Clip.)

the device will shut down as soon as FAT is corrupted is displayed. cannot access mp3 settings

Start with the Clip turned OFF.  Slide the power switch down to the HOLD position.  Press and HOLD the center button depressed until it is recognized by the PC- give it a few seconds.

The Clip’s display will state “connected” with the device now in MSC mode.

You can now repair the File Allocation Table (FAT) using Windows’ chkdsk utility.

Open My Computer and find the Clip a listed under “devices with removable storage” as a flash drive.  Let’s say it displays as E: SANSA CLIP for example.  Our assigned drive letter is E:

From the Run box under Start, enter cmd and press Enter.  You will get a DOS window.

Enter chkdsk E: /f and press Enter.  The /f toggle tells the utility to fix the errors.

After clicking on the Safely Remove icon in the taskbar, or right clicking on the Clip and selecting Eject, unplug the Clip. 

Try powering it up again, and see if all is well.

µsansa

Eureka! It works!

I tried using this command but I received the following message.

The type of the file system is RAW

CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives

Can you simply use Windows to reformat your Clip drive, using the FAT32 format?

@miikerman wrote:
Can you simply use Windows to reformat your Clip drive, using the FAT32 format?

Doubt it, but it’s worth a shot.

Tried this…Sandisk screen says it is connected to my computer however when I open My Computer it is not recognizing that it is attached…

Hi,the same problem, but in this player Hold button is not present, player Sansa Clip+ was pulled from the sockets for data transmission thereafter player ON and writ “FAT is corrupted Please connected device to Pc” and immediately turns off,Sansa Clip+ Firmware Updater writes an error,plz help!

@snepper wrote:
Hi,the same problem, but in this player Hold button is not present, player Sansa Clip+ was pulled from the sockets for data transmission thereafter player ON and writ “FAT is corrupted Please connected device to Pc” and immediately turns off,Sansa Clip+ Firmware Updater writes an error,plz help!

What happens when you connect to your computer as indicated? Holding the REW button (or maybe the center button; I don’t remember exactly on this model) while plugging in will connect to the computer in MSC mode. Once connected, you can then format the player in Windows Explorer (right-click on icon), which will repair the FAT. Note this will erase all user-added content so you will have to re-transfer everything you had on it afterwards.

I tried all of this and sadly nothing happened. The Player is not recognised by my PC. What could cause the File Allocation Table to become corrupted? I NEVER disconnect without ejecting, besides I had just picked it up again after having it playing happily most of the morning. As soon as I restarted it the mesaaage appeared that the FAT was corrupted. I’ll probably just throw it in the bin I guess. Shame, it’s only 2 months old.

If it’s only 2 months old, it’s still well within warranty (unless it’s a re-furb). Why don’t you call SanDisk Tech Support? If they can’t get it going for you, they’ll replace it for free.

Hi, I have a Sandisk 4GB Sansa Clip for about 1 year. Recently I connected it to someone’s laptop, and afterwards, when i attempted to turn it on, it said “FAT corrupted connect to PC to restore” then turned off. It is recognized by computers when i connect it; and i have formatted it both on the Laptop and on the mp3 itself; but it still has the same message when I try to put it on.

Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

There are lots of laptops. Some are MAC. Some are Linux. Some are even Chrome. 

You can’t just Format. You have to format to FAT32.  It may not be the first option, but it should be in the drop-down menu on a Windows  computer. 

What worked for me:

Disconnect the device from usb.

Turn off the device (10 seconds with Power button).

Press the select button (square button at the middle) while plugging at the computer with the usb cable.

Waiting 15 seconds then it was written “connected”.

I was not able to access the drive with Windows (nor format, nor chkdsk), so I used a Linux Ubuntu USB drive to boot into Ubunto, went to the terminal.

Then “fdisk -l” to look which letter is my Sansa drive (for me it was /dev/sdc), so I did “cfdisk /dev/sdc” and I made a partition in Fat32.

Get back to Windows, I was able to format it.

What worked for me:
Disconnect the device from usb.
Turn off the device (10 seconds with Power button).
Press the select button (square button at the middle) while plugging at the computer with the usb cable.
Waiting 15 seconds then it was written “connected”.
I was not able to access the drive with Windows (nor format, nor chkdsk), so I used a Linux Ubuntu USB drive to boot into Ubunto, went to the terminal.
Then “fdisk -l” to look which letter is my Sansa drive (for me it was /dev/sdc), so I did “cfdisk /dev/sdc” and I made a partition in Fat32.
Finally, I went back to Windows to format it.