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Topic: A discussion about the file format for Micro SD cards on the Switch

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JayJ

I feel like it would be nice to clear things up and have a discussion about file formats for Micro SD cards on the Switch due to the recent attention that this topic has received with the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield in articles like this:

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/11/eek_pokemon_sword_a...

Some other forums have had discussions about it such as this:

https://www.resetera.com/threads/psa-pokemon-sword-shield-esh...

From what I have gathered some people seem to think the problem is due to the exFat format that is common on most Micro SD cards these days. Apparently the driver that the Switch utilizes for this format is the real problem but then again it is hard to get any real answers, most of it is speculation. I am hoping to come up with some real answers so we can figure out if exFat is truly a major issue to be worrying about or if it is just paranoia and guessing.

Supposedly formatting to Fat32 is a solution but that would requite a decent amount of time and a computer that can transfer all the files around, and even then I have some questions if that would create any issues. Some people say this issue is simply related to people with hacked consoles, other say that is incorrect. I am just looking for answers.

JayJ

JayJ

@SwitchForce Pretty sure most Micro SD cards above 32GB use exFat, which would be the vast majority of Micro SD cards sold today. I know a lot of the Micro SD cards sold on Amazon seem to be pre-formatted like that since most people are buying something above 32GB these days.

JayJ

SwitchForce

@JayJ, I have 400gb and it is fat32 - so where are you getting your information they are exFat then? Even my USB 128gb and 256gb are fat32 not exFat or NTFS. I formatted USB drive to NTFS and had more problems using it then it helps.

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SwitchForce

JayJ

@SwitchForce I mean you can re-format in whatever you like, I am just saying that most of these modern SD cards come pre-formatted in exFat because that is the most popular format for mobile devices these days.

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