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Topic: How long does the save data last on the DS cartridge?

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Artwark

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I've been observing as the DS for the past nine years still reads my save game data for all my games just fine. I'm curious as to how long does the data last for an average DS game if you know by any chance.

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Link-Hero

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DS cartridges uses flash memory instead of a battery to keep the save. That means that it will virtually last forever.

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KingMike

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Flash memory is limited by the number of writes. That means you can eventually burn out the chip, which may or may not be harder to replace than a battery.

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Artwark

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KingMike wrote:

Flash memory is limited by the number of writes. That means you can eventually burn out the chip, which may or may not be harder to replace than a battery.

What do you mean by this?

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NFreak007

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Artwark wrote:

KingMike wrote:

Flash memory is limited by the number of writes. That means you can eventually burn out the chip, which may or may not be harder to replace than a battery.

What do you mean by this?

It means that there's a only limited number of times you can save data to the cartridge, but don't worry about that as that number is in the thousands! I've had my DS since launch day in 2005, and I've never had a DS cart's save data fail - or a GBA game's for that matter!

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NFreak007 wrote:

Artwark wrote:

KingMike wrote:

Flash memory is limited by the number of writes. That means you can eventually burn out the chip, which may or may not be harder to replace than a battery.

What do you mean by this?

It means that there's a only limited number of times you can save data to the cartridge, but don't worry about that as that number is in the thousands! I've had my DS since launch day in 2005, and I've never had a DS cart's save data fail - or a GBA game's for that matter!

yup it takes probably more than 2000 saves to make it break my most used game(Pokémon Diamond) lasted 7 years without a problem.

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eviLaTtenDant

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Bottom line: don't save and you'll be safe. ;)

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Artwark

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So wait let me get this straight. if you already completed the game and then after like 2000 times it saves, then all the data gets deleted and you can no longer save? Then what about in the 3DS case?

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Artwark wrote:

So wait let me get this straight. if you already completed the game and then after like 2000 times it saves, then all the data gets deleted and you can no longer save? Then what about in the 3DS case?

actually it might be far more or far less the same can be said about 3DS games(except the better technology of nowadays probably make them last longer), it isn't a set number, it's like a hard disk sooner or later it'll wear and break from use, or not if you're lucky, when the data storage breaks you lose your save and the game will never save again(at least not properly it might show the "now saving" screen but when you turn off all will be lost) I wouldn't worry too much. just think like this, the chances of your save data being lost are about the same as a SD card breaking from using.

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BinaryFragger

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Flash memory eventually "wears out," but I have yet to encounter this problem with DS and 3DS cartridges. It can be a problem with computer solid state drives and USB flash drives, but you'd have to be a really hardcore gamer to wear out a game cartridge's flash memory.

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