How to Change to MSC Mode on a Sansa Clip MP3

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How to Change to MSC Mode on a Sansa Clip MP3
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The Sansa Clip MP3 player is one of many small and portable MP3 players available from SanDisk that allow users to upload and play music files. These players have two modes, MSC (Mass Storage Class) and MTP (Media Transfer Protocol), which are different methods of connecting the MP3 player to a computer and transferring files to the player. MSC mode creates a removable drive letter on a computer operating system and offers a simple method of transferring any kind of data with drag-and-drop capability to the MP3 player without the extra features provided by MTP mode. MSC mode also allows the MP3 player to be connected to any device that supports USB drives, such as computer or car stereo.

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  1. 1

    Finish charging the Sansa Clip MP3 player, transferring or synchronising files and firmware upgrading. Disconnect the USB cable from the player to remove the player from the computer. Do not disconnect the player while it is transferring data because it can damage the device.

  2. 2

    Slide the "Power" switch on the left side of the device up for two seconds to turn the Clip MP3 player off.

  3. 3

    Slide the "Hold" switch on the left side of the device down into the "Lock" position, until the orange colour is showing. The Hold switch is on the same sliding switch as the Power switch. While the Hold switch is in the Lock position, all the function keys are disabled and the device will be unable to have its power turned on.

  4. 4

    Press and hold the centre button while connecting the Clip MP3 player to the PC with the USB cable. The centre button is on the same sliding switch as the Power and Hold switches. The player will automatically connect to the computer in the MSC mode and a drive letter will be added to the computer file structure.

Tips and warnings

  • MSC mode will not work for purchase or subscription MP3 files and WMA files without DRM (digital rights management). MTP mode is required for files with DRM.

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