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Topic: Transferring over to a new SD card (3DS)

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1. Posted:

Out of necessity, I've upgraded my 4GB card for my 3DS to a 16GB miniSD+adaptor, and I'm hoping to get everything transferred right away.

I'm aware that I can simply redownload all of my software tied to my console onto my new SD card, but I'm unsure about what to do in terms of saved extra data for games like Animal Crossing. If I'm correct, the extra data for Animal Crossing would be the model homes of those I've streetpassed.

My questions are, what data is stored on the SD card, and how do I safely get all this off my old card and on to my new one?

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2. Posted:

I'm pretty sure all your StreetPass, SpotPass, and digital games are on the SD card. Saved games are on the cartridge itself.

http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/3ds/en_la/ht_setting...

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copy EVERYTHING no matter how useless it looks just select all the files and folders at once copy them and paste to the new SD remember to not open nor modify ANY file leave them exactly as they were in the original SD and you'll be fine!

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4. Posted:

ultrakatie64 wrote:

I'm pretty sure all your StreetPass, SpotPass, and digital games are on the SD card. Saved games are on the cartridge itself.

http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/3ds/en_la/ht_setting...

So it's as simple as dragging and dropping on Windows then? Thanks.

I say simple. I don't have a SD card reader. But I do have a camcorder. I'm forced to plug the SD card into that, attach the camcorder to the computer (and the mains, because the data lead is beneath the battery pack) and transfer it like that.

I won't lose my extra data this time.

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5. Posted:

whatever you do, don't pop the new SD card into the 3DS and let it format the thing for you! Just copy the entire contents of the original SD card onto your computer, then pop the new SD card into your camcorder/adapter (necessity is the mother of ingenuity ), format it, copy the contents of your old SD card from your computer and onto the new SD card (and make it look exactly like the old SD card did, no extra folders or anything). once that's done, then you can insert your new SD card into your 3DS and everything will be there and playable for you, good as new :3

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6. Posted:

Now this looks familiar.

When I try to transfer over to the new SD card, it says the SD card is write-protected. I slide the tab up, and I slide it down, but it still won't let me transfer over to the new one.

This is exactly what happened when I tried transferring from my old 3DS to my new 3DSXL, and in that instance, I ended up having to forget about transferring it over, and I lost all of my extra data.

Any ideas?

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7. Posted:

have you tried any adapter devices other than your camcorder?

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I don't have anything else.

My brother had a USB SD card reader, but it doesn't work any more.

You've just made me realise - it's got to be because of my camcorder. It isn't going to let me dump files into an SD card placed inside it. I may have to pick up a device tomorrow.

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9. Posted:

that's what i was thinking — some devices like that may be one-way only, so if there was another adapter around you could try it instead to make absolutely sure it wasn't just the SD card (since this has happened before apparently). USB SD card readers are pretty cheap, you should be able to find one easily, and they're good to have around in a pinch. :3

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But what if the bigger SD card already has 3ds data on it (like the full game of ssb 3ds that I downloaded)? Do you need to do anything different, or is it still just drag and drop?

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NintendoCraft wrote:

But what if the bigger SD card already has 3ds data on it (like the full game of ssb 3ds that I downloaded)? Do you need to do anything different, or is it still just drag and drop?

That...might be a little complicated. It might be easier to keep them separate

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NintendoCraft wrote:

But what if the bigger SD card already has 3ds data on it (like the full game of ssb 3ds that I downloaded)? Do you need to do anything different, or is it still just drag and drop?

That...might be a little complicated. It might be easier to keep them separate

Ok, well what if I deleted the games off the bigger one, moved over the old data and then redownload the games? Would that work? If I redownload ssb, will it still have all the data from before, or will it start over?

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WaLzgi wrote:

NintendoCraft wrote:

But what if the bigger SD card already has 3ds data on it (like the full game of ssb 3ds that I downloaded)? Do you need to do anything different, or is it still just drag and drop?

That...might be a little complicated. It might be easier to keep them separate

Ok, well what if I deleted the games off the bigger one, moved over the old data and then redownload the games? Would that work? If I redownload ssb, will it still have all the data from before, or will it start over?

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