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I have a ton of mp3 music (about 20gig worth) ... I started using a PNY 16gig USB.2.0 stick, and the volt recognizes it just fine and plays music. I decided to upgrade to a Sandisk ultra fit 32gig USB3.0 stick (which holds all my music) and the volt refuses to recognize it ?? I have done a bunch of research on this forum, and I have reformatted the disk (it is FAT32), and even re-formatted sector size to 8k (from the original 16k) -- so now it's same as the PNY, but still no joy.

Anybody have some other suggestions or things to try? (I don't see special characters or other garbage in the names). I read somewhere that there was a 1000 song restriction (with the 32G loaded up, there's 5k songs), but do not think that that is the issue: I have put 100 songs on the Sandisk to test and still no joy...

Thoughts/options appreciated :) Jd
 

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I have a ton of mp3 music (about 20gig worth) ... I started using a PNY 16gig USB.2.0 stick, and the volt recognizes it just fine and plays music. I decided to upgrade to a Sandisk ultra fit 32gig USB3.0 stick (which holds all my music) and the volt refuses to recognize it ?? I have done a bunch of research on this forum, and I have reformatted the disk (it is FAT32), and even re-formatted sector size to 8k (from the original 16k) -- so now it's same as the PNY, but still no joy.

Anybody have some other suggestions or things to try? (I don't see special characters or other garbage in the names). I read somewhere that there was a 1000 song restriction (with the 32G loaded up, there's 5k songs), but do not think that that is the issue: I have put 100 songs on the Sandisk to test and still no joy...

Thoughts/options appreciated :) Jd
You could try using a sector size of 4K. I have a similar situation with a device I own & it wouldn't work until I reformatted with a 4K sector size then it worked & has worked fine since. Just a possibility.
 

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I haven't heard about a limit but there may be one. I'm using a 32 gig SanDisc Cruzer Blade, but it only has about 15 gigs and 4732 songs on it. All the files are on the root so there are no directories, and I use Shuffle. It plays fine on the Volt and did so on my previous C-Max Energi.
 

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There isn't a limit, but with the gen 1 it was horrible, always indexing when you insert a USB key. Big libraries were a problem and having multiple flash drives with small libraries seemed to help. One would hope that they fixed that with gen 2. I played wi several options and settled on just streaming audio from podcasts, pandora, or Spotify, though pandora and Spotify have their fair share of quirkiness at times too. Too bad GM doesn't supply stuff that just works.
 

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If you buy a sandisk ultra fit usb 2.0 low profile then you shouldn't have the problem you describe. I've been using mine for over a year with no problems.

I remember reading a few forum members saying they had problems with those usb 3.0 ones as well on a G2 volt. I have also read many problems on newegg reviews with the usb 3.0 sandisk overheating on PC's.

I'd suggest return the usb 3.0 and trying the usb 2.0. You wont notice any speed difference between the two usb drives with regard to playing music. My music is available instantly when i use it in my car. Good luck.
 

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I played wi several options and settled on just streaming audio from podcasts, pandora, or Spotify, though pandora and Spotify have their fair share of quirkiness at times too. Too bad GM doesn't supply stuff that just works.
They did. The 30GB HDD in the 2011 and 2012. ;)

It's taken over a year but I finally filled the thing up to the point where I'm gonna have to star assiduously cleaning stuff off of it (by hitting DEL instead of >>| probably) to keep up with the rate of music purchasing I do...

(Today's haul is Alanis Morissette - The Collection and Soulwax - Much Against Everyone's Advice)
 

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I don't know, I use Sandisk ultra fit 64 gb USB 3 and they work fine, around 7,000 songs. They do get warm, but the MP3 player on my 2016 only very, very rarely gets stuck on it, necessitating a Radio reboot. I tried 128 gb and it also works fine. You are putting all the music in the root folder of the drive, right? Are your USB slots still recognizing the smaller stick or any other memory sticks anymore? Common problem in 2016-17 that the USB outlets just plain go bad, apparently.


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After several USB drives of various sizes and quality, I've given up on this as a music interface with the car. It's just not worth the trouble. The navigation around songs is terrible, it often fails to recognize songs, and just is a mess. CarPlay is far better, at least it recognizes playlists.
 

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You could try using a sector size of 4K. I have a similar situation with a device I own & it wouldn't work until I reformatted with a 4K sector size then it worked & has worked fine since. Just a possibility.
Thanks everyone for weighing in and for suggestions:
1) I tried to reformat Sandisk drive to 4k... it was NOT listed as an option ! (smallest is 8k, which I chose)
2) I removed some of the directory structures so all songs were at root - i loaded only 100 songs to test (so no 'limit' issue)
3) the sandisk is still NOT recognized by the Volt ... I plug it in ... the sandisk gives a little 'flash', but if I press on 'media', i get 'there are no media devices'. I tried jiggling the drive around (loose connection?) still no joy ... ugh
4) I tried my PNY 16gig USB memory stick ... it has 2 directories (not root), and 32 songs ... and it is recognized and plays songs ...
5) I can use the Sandisk just fine on my pc ... my wife can use it fine on her mac ... but its obviously toast for use in the Volt ...

I guess I'm on to another brand ...
 

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Thanks everyone for weighing in and for suggestions:
1) I tried to reformat Sandisk drive to 4k... it was NOT listed as an option ! (smallest is 8k, which I chose)
2) I removed some of the directory structures so all songs were at root - i loaded only 100 songs to test (so no 'limit' issue)
3) the sandisk is still NOT recognized by the Volt ... I plug it in ... the sandisk gives a little 'flash', but if I press on 'media', i get 'there are no media devices'. I tried jiggling the drive around (loose connection?) still no joy ... ugh
4) I tried my PNY 16gig USB memory stick ... it has 2 directories (not root), and 32 songs ... and it is recognized and plays songs ...
5) I can use the Sandisk just fine on my pc ... my wife can use it fine on her mac ... but its obviously toast for use in the Volt ...

I guess I'm on to another brand ...
When you reformatted did you use fat32 and not one of those extended formats?
 

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For whatever reason, my Sandisk won't get recognized by my Volt either, but it's USB3. My Kingston USB sticks are recognized no problem. I don't put music on mine, I put movies on that the kids can watch while I'm in the store.
 

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I have used 3 different 32GB USB 2.0 drives in my 16 Volt. I have nearly 16GB of songs in multiple folders such as MP3/Artist/Album & WAV/Artist/Album. Plays fine and random mode plays all songs randomly. All browse options work also. Naturally USB locks up on occasion necessitating a fuse pull radio reboot (or parking car and driving it around 1/2 hour later). I can let you know exactly which drives if needed. They are all compact drives. One of them was a SanDisk Cruzer Fit .
 
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