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How to format the Walkman® player.

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WARNING: There is a risk of data loss. If the memory is formatted, all files including the Operation Guide (If applicable to your model) stored in the player will be deleted. Be sure to verify the files stored in memory prior to formatting and export necessary files to the hard disk of your computer or other device.

IMPORTANT: Do not use the Windows Explorer interface to format your portable player.

The portable player should be formatted using the built-in Format utility of the player. Follow these steps to format the player:

  1. Access the Settings menu of your player.
  2. On the Settings menu, select Common Settings.
  3. On the Common Settings menu, select Format.

    NOTE: If you do not have the Format option, you will have Initialize instead. Select Initialize.