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Formatting mp3 (generic hierarchical to FAT32)

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  • FAT32
  • MP3
  • Samsung
  • Windows Vista
Last response: in Windows Vista
July 17, 2012 2:16:06 PM

Hello,

I just found my old Samsung K5 (mp3 player) and after a bunch of attempts trying to upgrade the firmware I couldn't copy any files to the mp3, neither from the explorer nor from Samsung's software.

Somehow the mp3 was formatted to a file system called generic hierarchical and I assume that is why i can't copy any files because before, when it was formatted with FAT32, I didn't have any trouble copying files.

Therefore I want to reformat the mp3 back to FAT32. I've tried right clicking the samsung mp3 icon in explorer and hit format and I've also tried format it with Samsung's software without any succeed. It just goes back to the generic hierarchical file system.

Another thing I've tried is format it with the Disk Manager and with the Command Prompt (format /FS:FAT32) but since the mp3 isn't a volume or a disk (like C or D) but a Portable Device (as it says in Explorer) it doesn't work.

I also tried some formatting software but as in the Disk Manager the mp3 doesn't show because it's a portable device and not a disk.

Anyone know how I can solve this?

Help is appreciated!

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July 18, 2012 2:31:28 PM

Junker4598 said:
Hello,

I just found my old Samsung K5 (mp3 player) and after a bunch of attempts trying to upgrade the firmware I couldn't copy any files to the mp3, neither from the explorer nor from Samsung's software.

Somehow the mp3 was formatted to a file system called generic hierarchical and I assume that is why i can't copy any files because before, when it was formatted with FAT32, I didn't have any trouble copying files.

Therefore I want to reformat the mp3 back to FAT32. I've tried right clicking the samsung mp3 icon in explorer and hit format and I've also tried format it with Samsung's software without any succeed. It just goes back to the generic hierarchical file system.

Another thing I've tried is format it with the Disk Manager and with the Command Prompt (format /FS:FAT32) but since the mp3 isn't a volume or a disk (like C or D) but a Portable Device (as it says in Explorer) it doesn't work.

I also tried some formatting software but as in the Disk Manager the mp3 doesn't show because it's a portable device and not a disk.

Anyone know how I can solve this?

Help is appreciated!

Worth a read.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1357536
July 7, 2015 10:44:35 AM

I have the same issue with my samsung sound bar HWJ370. After little research i found out the working solution.

Solution
Basically the sound bar doesn't recognize mp3 files formated with ntfs file system.
format the usb stick with FAT32
Make sure the bit rate of the mp3 file is 80 kbps to 320 kbps