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Topic: SD Card: What gets saved to it?

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jerryd23-04

Today I was thinking about the 3DS SD card and specifically these questions:

1. What is saved on it? Is anything for game cards, specifically Pokemon games saved on the SD card? If I were to use another 3DS with a different SD, would my data carry over?

2. How much space is necessary if I am not downloading any digital games? If I am only using the basic 3DS programs and the game cards, how much storage should I have, because mine is very small.

3. If I upgrade my SD card, can I transfer it's data to another? Such as a program, or simply copying and pasting the files with a PC?

jerryd23-04

Woomy_NNYes

@jerryd23-04 I'll take a stab at answering some of that.

Question 1: It's been a while for me, but games & save files are stored on the SD card (Don't hold me to that, though. Someone else might respond after me with that answer)

Question 2: 3ds can support up to 32GB micro sd cards. Regarding space, if you go in settings, data management, Nintendo 3ds, software, it will how much space is free, like 8000 blocks free, on the top screen. Bottom screen will show tiles for each game & have orange numbers for how many blocks the game takes up.

Quesiton 3: Yes, you can use a pc to copy 3ds content from one sd card to another, if you're upgrading or changing cards. You don't need a program to do this.

Compatible Micro SD cards, Maximum size sd card supported
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a...

How to transfer between micro sd cards
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a...

You can search Nintendo's support if you want search specific terms. You can also call Nintendo's support help line, which is really good for answering what you want to know. 800-255-3700 (it's the same number that's on Nintendo's website and in console manuals.)

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Dogorilla

Save files for physical games are stored on the cartridge, not the SD, so you can use the same cartridge in different 3DSs and pick up where you left off in the game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NCyD3XoJgM

Silly_G

@Dogorilla : There are rare exceptions to that rule, Super Mario Maker being one of them.

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Silly_G

jerryd23-04 wrote:

1. What is saved on it? Is anything for game cards, specifically Pokemon games saved on the SD card? If I were to use another 3DS with a different SD, would my data carry over?

More or less, but there are some rare exceptions to the rule. You will want to ensure that any software updates and the like are installed on both systems so that you don't experience any issues. Save data is almost always saved to the cartridge, but some games at the tail-end of the 3DS's lifespan may store save data on the SD card (such as Super Mario Maker).

jerryd23-04 wrote:

2. How much space is necessary if I am not downloading any digital games? If I am only using the basic 3DS programs and the game cards, how much storage should I have, because mine is very small.

The included SD card should be sufficient. Software updates are uncommon, and they don't usually occupy much space. And if you aren't downloading any software from the eShop (including demos), then the included SD card is more than sufficient for your needs.

jerryd23-04 wrote:

3. If I upgrade my SD card, can I transfer it's data to another? Such as a program, or simply copying and pasting the files with a PC?

Yep. Just copy/paste to your new SD card (just make sure that the SD card is formatted for use with the 3DS before transferring the data over).

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IsaiahTSE

I can try to answer some of these. For your first question, your save data, photos, and software are saved to it. No, game card data is never saved to the SD card. The save data is in the game card itself. For storage space, the 3DS considers open space as open blocks. I don’t know why either. As for the third one, you can transfer SD card data if you use a computer with an SD card reader, and move the data to the computer (or a hard drive if there’s not enough space on that) to the upgrade card. If you use a microSD card, you need to insert it in the adapter before inserting it in your 3DS, if you don’t use the New 3DS

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