Deleted a 0-block blank file from Data Management = Everything gone

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  1. Neo Draven
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    While looking through Data Management at all of the .cia files I had installed, I noticed one that was blank, took up zero blocks, and had no banner. Tried to delete it, which it tried to do for about a full minute, before returning with a message that that file could not be deleted.

    It deleted everything on my big SD card. All my Gateway saves. None of the games I had installed showed up anymore. My theme was gone. All of my eShop purchases were gone. My card still showed that it was almost full, as it was before I tried deleting that blank file.

    My only option was to format my SD card, and now I get to start over for the third time.

    Don't delete this file, if you see it under Data Management.
     
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  2. Pestilence204

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    Were you on sysnand, or emunand?
     
  3. Neo Draven
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    I guess I should have specified. I was on EmuNAND.
     
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    Ick that sucks. That's the risk we take when we fiddle with hacked stuff. I wonder how many people were reminded to backup saves after reading this. :P
     
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    Another reminder: Don't visit data management on realNAND either at all, it accomplishes the same thing by deleting all of your installed CIA files.
     
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    i'm a little scared that by mistake i will press that 3 button combo to delete all the installed things, i'll just be careful :)
     
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    And if that happens, thank god I backup everything XD
     
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    Generally it's recommended to backup all your stuff when you do or plan to do any kind of modifications. In most cases it's just a few minutes of waiting (even a full 128 GB SD cart transfers quickly on USB 3.0). Still, rarely people actually do it.. Neo Draven: Did you happen to backup your SD at some point before or are all the files gone?
     
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    All of the files are gone. Something I did when I deleted that file corrupted the file system structure, so it didn't show any of my games in the Nintendo DS folder, which was practically empty, but it still showed 20/28GB used. I had to format it and start over this morning.
     
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    I'm afraid you don't mean CTRL+ALT+DEL :P
    AHHAhAHAH

    Yup, that sucks, but backup is a must when tinkering with these features.
     
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    Ahh too bad! I've was able to restore my data from a corrupted file system error recently (I hadn't backed up any saves or anything else for that matter).
    It took a lot of work, and a lot of reading, but I'm confident with it now.

    I was successfully able to restore my MiiPlaza data including hats/costumes, puzzle progress, as well as standard and doc minigame progress. All mail and stationary from letterbox. Save games for all eShop titles, along with extdata from a couple of cartridge based games.

    Sorry I didn't see this thread til now, I'd have been happy to share my wisdom.
     
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    I just had the same exact thing happen to me just now. I had Shovel Knight installed from eShop before I got my GW card on 9.2. After installing NES Remix CIA I found I wasn't able to open either NES Remix or Shovel Knight. Went into Data Management on emuNAND and deleted NES Remix and found a new CIA to install, but noticed that when I deleted NES Remix, Shovel Knight also dissapeared. I'm assuming they both shared the same game ID which is what caused the issue. So anyway, I really wanted NES Remix to work and found a 0 block file as you did - Tried to delete and got the same error. Booted back into GW mode and all CIA's are gone although they still show in Data Management. What's strange is my MiiPlaza CIA and Theme's pack are still installed and working in emuNAND. I'm going to try reinstalling the CIA's without a format and maybe by some magic they will work.
     
  13. Apache Thunder

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    Visiting Data Management while in Classic Mode will likely result in unauthorized apps being removed as well regardless if you are in emunand or not. I don't think you said if you were in classic mode or Gateway mode so can't say for sure. A zero block app with no name could be the result of a bad CIA installation and that caused the system to erroneously remove everything when you attempted to remove it.
     
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    I was in GW mode - I was trying to salvage my streetpass data since I got quite a bit this week by uninstalling CIA's in GW mode that still showed, even though they weren't "there" anymore. But that didn't work after trying a few different things between data management and title browser. Trying to reinstall a CIA resulted in BigBlueMenu saying the CIA already existed at the end of the install.

    I know for a fact it was Ultimate NES Remix CIA with the eShop version of Shovel Knight I had installed. After uninstalling NES Remix, Shovel Knight's icon dissapeared, and I also didn't see a Shovel Knight item in data management which means it had to of been the 0-block item that caused the issue. I'll be using Title Manager to uninstall items from now on though!
     
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    when im in emunand mode, and go to data management all the installed items show well, with numbers and banners.....but, when i enter in classic mode happen what you say.......are you sure you weren't in classic mode?
     
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    If you have a way to read the contents of the SD Card, you may be able to get your saves. Backup the folder that CIAs are installed to. Format the SD card, restore the folder. May not be able to play the games at that point, but SDF should still work.
     
  17. Maximilious

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    Yeah, I was backing up games through Data Management and found the saves on the SD card, but I decided not to save them. I didn't have much on their anyway and I'm only installing games that are less than 500MB on the SD card. All my important games are on the micro SD for GW. Just backed up the root saves on the SD and restored them. Hopefully I'm covered, if not oh well and big learning experience haha.