arm9loaderhax or ShadowNAND

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  1. nooby89
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    What is the best ?
    Because if ShadowNAND is best I will change right now. :D
     
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    All ShadowNAND is is a way to boot without SD cards.

    Meaning you don't have to go in a mini-panic when exiting DS/GBA games or System Settings and worry that your system will just turn off without an SD.

    If you never mess with your card physically, you don't need it. But I love it as your system isn't a friggin brick without a 2 centimeter card.
     
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    If you mean AuroraWright's yet-unnamed a9lh branch vs ShadowNAND.
    They are basically the same thing, the only real difference is: AuroraWright's version uses the "arm9loaderhax.bin" or "arm9loaderhax_si.bin" to load external CFW's, whereas ShadowNAND moves that file to "homebrew/3ds/boot.bin"
    Ultimately both versions of A9LH do the same thing. They both store a mini-CFW to the NAND and both have the same patches. They just both store their external CFW's in different places.
    I personally use ShadowNAND because I like to keep my root clean of random files and keep my programs stored in folders.

    If you mean A9LH (non-mini-CFW version) vs ShadowNAND.
    A9LH can only boot from an SD card. ShadowNAND installs a min-CFW, so it can boot without an SD card or external CFW.
    I honestly prefer the Mini-CFW. It feels safer to have another layer of protection for my A9LH install.
     
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    Ok, now I understand.
     
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    arm9loaderhax is just the general name of the exploit used, ShadowNAND it just a version of arm9loaderhax created by Shadowhand.
     
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    AuroraWright's version is better, since it doesn't use a weird SD folder location. And you can change between screeninit and noscreeninit at the drop of a hat.
     
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    Actually you can still switch between them with ShadowNAND as well.
    I personally like the folder options, but that's just a personal preference.
     
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