Sandisk clip 4GB won't completely format or empty :(

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  1. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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  2. bobmanuk

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    silly question but ill ask anyway, no hidden files or system files?

    tried blitzing the partition and recreating it? (mini partition tool for example)

    tried bit wiping the drive and formatting again?

    just a few thoughts off the top of my head
     
  3. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Doesn't formatting get rid of hidden and hidden is set to show and don't see any?

    Can you show how to mini partition? Steps?

    Wiping? Steps?

    Thanks
     
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  4. bobmanuk

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    sorry i cant post links, mini partition tool is basically an application that can modify partitions on hdd's and usb drives. you will have to make up the link yourself http tinyurl com bnzfaa9 is a link to the download, usage is pretty self explanatory, find your usb stick, right click the partition and click delete. click apply, wait for it to finish, then right click create a new partition. click apply, see if it works.

    or http tinyurl com cp66kuk which is drive wipe for USB, run the application, point it at your USB stick and tell it to zero wipe the drive.

    a google for any of the above apps will being up instructions.

    ive never known a format miss out files, but windows thinks there is something on the drive, wouldnt hurt to check.
     
  5. Tito

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    AFAIK, its a media player connected in MTP mode.

    The occupied space is for storing firmware related files (the OS of the PMP).
     
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  6. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Thanks will try

    208 MB for firmware?
     
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  7. timesurfer

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    Can't get tool to see player :(
     
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  8. bobmanuk

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    i didnt know sandisk clips were mp3 players, ive had usb based mp3 players before that have never taken up space of the actual memory
     
  9. timesurfer

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    Pretty sure there is something hiding, o well :suicide:

    Thanks for trying
     
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  10. Tito

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    Try to add the player in MSC mode.

     
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  11. bobmanuk

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    i was going to ask you to open a cmd prompt to check for hidden files, but i think tito is correct, unlike a typical usb stick it doesnt have a usb drive associated with it so there will be files that are protected by the device itself, other usb drives ive used actually assign a drive letter to it, E: for example, which is separate from the system files.

    as tito also suggested changing the usb mode, it it is already mtp mode, maybe there is another mode that will actually add it as a usb device instead... like ive said, i dont have one, never used one, working off best knowledge im afraid
     
  12. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Spent like 30 min with Alyse on the sandisk customer service chat and ultimately she said might be borked sector but warrantly is over so :suicide:...lol

    Everything works just want that 200mb :ranting:

    Thanks again
     
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  13. bobmanuk

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    if you read this post

    http forums sandisk com/t5/Sansa-Clip-Sansa-Clip/Formatting-Sansa-Clip-Plus/td-p/205724

    even with 2gb drives it mentions that the 200mb is used for firmware etc, im guessing you just want to use the device as a flash drive?
     
  14. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Firmware is HUGE 200mb
     
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  15. bobmanuk

    bobmanuk MDL Novice

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    from the sansa forums the only thing i can gather is that the 200mb space is used for rebuilding databases, why it doesnt get cleared after use i dont know
     
  16. TheOldScout

    TheOldScout MDL Novice

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    I have the Sansa 4gb clip, and 201mb is always tied up.
     
  17. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Cool :worthy:

    :closed:
     
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  18. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    lol...Now device won't even turn on :shisha:

    Time to get smart phone ;)

    TS
     
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    #19 timesurfer, Apr 1, 2013
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  20. LatinMcG

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    i think theres a way to do the sansa updater to reflash it from brick