Basically I loaded up my 4GB clip with ~3.5GB of music. Worked great for a week. I was charging the clip the other day, disconnected it and went to use it (the refreshing database thing went by much faster than usual). However the clip showed that there was no music on the unit (song list was empty). When I connected it back to my computer (auto detect and MSC mode - apple laptop), the music folder is also emtpy. However the computer shows that only ~500Mb is free (i.e. 3.5GB is used up) and the clip itself independtly also shows that 500mb is free when you go to system info.
So what happened? My music is not showing up, but the space is used up so it must be there. I tried reseting it using the 15sec power cycle thing, but that didn’t help. I would rather not format it and would like to ideally recover my music. Once I fix this, is there a way to prevent this from happening again?