Before you reformat, save all your music somewhere.
Are your .wma files from a subscription service, or just ripped from CDs? Because if they’re not subscription tracks, let’s just take WMP out of the picture. Switch to MSC mode, drag-and-drop everything into a folder–Music if you un-Hide folders, any other folder name if you don’t–and you should have no problems.
The Music that shows on the Sansa display (with Settings, Video, etc.) is not a folder. It is an index drawn from the ID3 tags. Similarly Artist, Album, etc., are not folders. They’re all lists made from reading the tags. So the key is the tags.
Before you reload, get mp3tag.
As you install it, you have the option to add it to context menus. Allow that. After installing, go to Tools/Options/Tags/Mpeg and set the default Write option to IDv2.3 ISO-8859-1. That makes the tags most readable to the Sansa. You can also set a default to <blank> out comments, which is a good idea.
Make sure you save the changes, close mp3tag, right-click on an album folder and you should see mp3tag among the options. Click it and it will open the folder of mp3s. Highlight them all, make sure they’re in playing order from top to bottom–you might have to click the Track Number column header–and under Tools use the Auto-Numbering wizard with Leading Zeros . This will make the tag numbers 01, 02, etc. and also save to ID3v2.3 ISO-8859-1. It took longer to read this than it will to do it.
I do this with every album before loading it onto the Sansa and for that investment of a few seconds, everything shows up nicely. You may still run into the maximum number of files, but they’d have to be pretty small.
Message Edited by c1u31355 on 03-22-2010 06:44 PM