I got a Sansa Clip 2GB last month, and I’ve run into a problem, it is now read only, not just the files, settings, EVERYTHING.
I was transfering songs the other day and it hung. I left it for ages and finally just shut down. Anyway, after that, I noticed that it was always “Refreshing Database” on every start up, I also noted the three new songs I added weren’t there. Tried it again, looked like it worked this time, but it didn’t. Tried removing some songs, appears to work, but it doesn’t.
Tried formatting from the clip, this appears to work, (and rather quickly) but it doesn’t. It shows no files, artists, anything, but as soon as you restart they are all back just as it was on the last restart. Interesting to note, that if you go to system, after the format, the free space does not change, even though it says it’s empty.
I tried formatting from Windows, that doesn’t work either. Windows just returns an error. I tried chkdsk, it says “0 percent” for a bit, then just drops back to the command line without error and while the drive letter is still there, it shows no folders or anything at all as if it’s reset. If I look at the device, prior to trying to format it, all the folders are there (Music, Audiobooks, etc), but they are all empty (even when showing hidden files)
Any attempt to delete or copy a file to it, resets the connection and the clip is gone or it simply shows no files or folders.
So I fire up linux and gparted, any attempt to format the partition returns an error stating something about a FAT mismatch, if I try to delete the partition, it says it works, but as soon as it refreshes the device list, it’s still there.
I even tried deleteing every file on the clip manually and all I’ve got is a sore thumb. Voice recording doesn’t work either, says it does, but there always 0 seconds.
Mine came with the newest firmware and the updater won’t allow me to install the same version, any suggestions?