This question is for the gurus and SanDisk tech help.
I bought a Sansa Clip today, and in learning to use it with my Linux (Ubuntu Hardy Heron) system, messed everything up. I ended up using a partition editor in Linux to completely wipe clean the Clip, then give it an MSDOS disklabel, one single partition covering the entire 1GB memory of this Clip, and formatted that partition as a FAT32 filesystem. However, as you can guess, that wasn’t good enough.
I can still connect the Sansa Clip to the computer and can partition and format (filesystem format) the Clip, but I am hopeful that someone can tell me exactly how many partitions to create, their sizes, what files should be placed in which partitions, what the filenames should be. Basically, I’m trying to restore the Clip to usable condition by understanding some of these technical issues. I am a fairly experienced computer user (Linux and Mac only, not much experience on Windows, sorry) and am not afraid of trying anything. (That’s why I messed the Clip up so bad.)
I have tried many or most of the troubleshooting procedures mentioned in this forum, but this problem is beyond their scope I’m guessing, since my Clip still gives me a “Not enough space for music DB” error message when disconnected from the computer, even immediately after deleting the partition(s) on the device and creating one or two new partitions (I tried creating 2, one as a 16MB partition, FAT16 and later in another attempt a FAT32).
Anyway, if someone with technical expertise can suggest what to do, it may help me and some other forum reader(s) who like me are somewhat technically inclined and capable, just clueless about this particular cute little device.
If there are any savvy Linux users here at the SanDisk forums, it would be a great favor if you would make an image of your Sansa Clip’s memory using the program dd at the command line in a terminal, and then make that image available to me and possibly others who unintentionally or intentionally (but for what they thought were good reasons) hose their little Sansa Clip. OR, perhaps the good people in tech support at SanDisk have a partition/filesystem/system-files restore utility or a disk image? (hope, hope)
Message Edited by xscd on 10-13-2008 11:44 PM