I like the SanDisk µSD cards that are packaged with a handy card reader or USB adaptor. Using a reader, you can check the card by simply opening a Windows Explorer window (My Computer), and see if the card is recognized.
Now for the Sansa itself. There was some question over whether the device is a v1 or v2 device. Simply power up the Sansa and have a look at the startup screen. If you see the SanDisk logo with a blue sansa below that, it’s a v2. The v2 device will read µSDHC (over 2GB) cards natively (using the original firmware). The v1 machines need Rockbox to do this, otherwise, 2GB is the limit.
The µSD card slot is our next point of interest. The design is a push-in, push-out type: the card will install with a soft click into the “sled”, then will connect with a gentle press (you will hear the little click) as the sled reaches the “mounted” innermost position. The card will just be visible when looking from the edge. To release, a gentle press will release the card. In each case, you’ll hear the double click as the mechanism moves, once when pressing, and once when pressure is released via your finger tip.
On the player, go to Settings > Info and look for the SD card entry. The capacity of the card will show, with Free space listed below that. As a footnote, if you have a 4GB card or larger, these must be formatted as FAT32 , and 2GB cards will be FAT. The card must display here in the Info screen, regardless of whether there are songs, video, or photos on the card.
The Sansa e200 series navigates to your music via the embedded ID3 Tags in the mp3 or WMA files. The ID3 tag is part of the design of these files. Without this information, you can see the filename only from the PC, but the player will list the file as “unknown”, making things difficult of course.
First, check out the card and the µSD socket.
This brief video is something I’m very glad to have found. Listen to the double click. Internally, the Sansa has a similar “sled” mechanism.
Once we verify that the card socket and card are OK, then you can check out the ID3 tags. The e200 wants ID3v2.3 ISO8859-1 (Latin-1) tags. Yes, this is the standard ID3 format for Windows Media Player and most commercial downloaded music files.
The ID3 tag is simple to edit using MP3Tag, Media Monkey, or Windows Media Player. First, check out your card, then we can tackle the tag metadata.