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[Unanswered] How do you change SD cards, and where do digital games get stored?
Old 01-31-2014, 08:07 PM
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I have a few questions about these topics, so I'll just list them:

1. If I upgrade to a bigger SD card later, do I just do a simple copy and paste onto the PC and back to the new card? Or is it more complicated?

2. Do digital downloads get stored on the SD card or the system itself? If the latter, what is actually on the SD card?

3. What happens to save information for digital downloads if I decide to remove it from the system to free up space?

Any other tips about how all this works would be appreciated. I tend to prefer cartridges anyway, but for some games that are played daily/year-round (like Animal Crossing) I would consider the download -- but I don't want to lose my data in the future!

Thanks!
Old 01-31-2014, 09:35 PM
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1. Yeah, that's pretty much it. I've also heard that you shouldn't insert the new SD card on the system before getting your data on it.

2. The digital downloads get stored on the SD Card, except for the DSiware stuff.

3. Don't know, since I've never done it before.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:59 PM
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1. Yeah, that's pretty much it. I've also heard that you shouldn't insert the new SD card on the system before getting your data on it.

2. The digital downloads get stored on the SD Card, except for the DSiware stuff.

3. Don't know, since I've never done it before.
Ah, well if most games get stored on the SD card, I probably wouldn't need to delete them. Does their save information get stored on the SD card as well? I would assume so, unless it's synced in the cloud or something.
Old 02-01-2014, 12:36 AM
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I have a few questions about these topics, so I'll just list them:

1. If I upgrade to a bigger SD card later, do I just do a simple copy and paste onto the PC and back to the new card? Or is it more complicated?

2. Do digital downloads get stored on the SD card or the system itself? If the latter, what is actually on the SD card?

3. What happens to save information for digital downloads if I decide to remove it from the system to free up space?

Any other tips about how all this works would be appreciated. I tend to prefer cartridges anyway, but for some games that are played daily/year-round (like Animal Crossing) I would consider the download -- but I don't want to lose my data in the future!

Thanks!
I tried doing what you described when I upgraded my SD card, it wasn't as simple as we thought. You first have to make a backup of your own Sd card to your computer. Then, insert your new Sd card in your 3ds. You'll have to redownload all of your past purchases to that sd card through the eshop,because if you just copy it from your old sd card, the 3ds wont recognize it. To get the save data on the new sd card you have to switch a .sav file from your old Sd card( the one with all the games and save data) to the new Sd card. You have to figure out where that save file is, but once you find all the games( Which is a long list of folders) it's pretty easy to match the folder between the two Sd cards and make the swap. I know it sounds complicated, but you'll figure it out once you see the folders. Hope this helps!
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I tried doing what you described when I upgraded my SD card, it wasn't as simple as we thought. You first have to make a backup of your own Sd card to your computer. Then, insert your new Sd card in your 3ds. You'll have to redownload all of your past purchases to that sd card through the eshop,because if you just copy it from your old sd card, the 3ds wont recognize it. To get the save data on the new sd card you have to switch a .sav file from your old Sd card( the one with all the games and save data) to the new Sd card. You have to figure out where that save file is, but once you find all the games( Which is a long list of folders) it's pretty easy to match the folder between the two Sd cards and make the swap. I know it sounds complicated, but you'll figure it out once you see the folders. Hope this helps!
This is odd, because I remember reading in the 3DS manual that ONLY a full copy of the SD card would work, and that you couldn't copy individual files to a new card.
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Hmm, well that didn't work for me. The method I described worked perfectly for me though.

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This is odd, because I remember reading in the 3DS manual that ONLY a full copy of the SD card would work, and that you couldn't copy individual files to a new card.
Ugh, sorry for the confusion. You were right, you just would copy the old data into the new one. I just remembered my case was different since I was merging two Sd cards into one. Sorry about that.

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Just take your old card and copy everything over to a file on the computer. Then put your new card in your PC and format it to FAT32. Then copy your old card to the new one. No need to put the new card in the 3DS until it has your old files on it.

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Oh, and make sure you only get a SDHC card. I've heard from people to avoid standard SD and SDXC cards as they either don't work or won't be fully recognized.

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Old 02-01-2014, 05:42 PM
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Just take your old card and copy everything over to a file on the computer. Then put your new card in your PC and format it to FAT32. Then copy your old card to the new one. No need to put the new card in the 3DS until it has your old files on it.

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Oh, and make sure you only get a SDHC card. I've heard from people to avoid standard SD and SDXC cards as they either don't work or won't be fully recognized.
Thanks. But isn't the one it comes with a standard SD card?
Old 02-01-2014, 07:12 PM
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Thanks. But isn't the one it comes with a standard SD card?
Yes, any card up to 2GB is an SD while SDHC(SD High Capacity) are cards above that limit, not sure about the other categories.

I'm using a Sandisk SDHC 4GB memory card and it works perfectly. Copy & paste everything from your current SD card to your new one and you are ready to go, there's nothing more to it.
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And just so I know if it's even necessary, about how much space does a regular game (like Animal Crossing) take up on the SD card?
Old 02-11-2014, 12:32 AM
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And just so I know if it's even necessary, about how much space does a regular game (like Animal Crossing) take up on the SD card?
6002 blocks
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