deleted nintendo 3ds file like a dumbass

Discussion in '3DS - Flashcards & Custom Firmwares' started by celesteworms, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. celesteworms
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    long story short i deleted my entire sd card a few days ago, forgot about it, then emptied my trash before i knew what was happening. so now im screwed. im on a mac and i cant seem to find any good guides on how to fix my massive mistake. i was running cfw and im bricked because the blue light only flashes and nothing turns on. i tried replacing the boot.firm file and i still got nothing helpful. is there anything i can do?
     
  2. Kwyjor

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    There are lots of recovery programs out there that can be used to undelete files on an SD card. I'm not sure what's the best option these days – but be sure to try free solutions first; there are plenty of those. I think EASUS is popular. But be sure to put your SD card aside until you find a recovery program; writing new files to the SD card is the worst thing you can do if you want to recover the data.

    Anyway, if replacing the boot.firm file isn't getting rid of the blue light, then there is probably either something wrong with the SD card you are using, or possibly even the SD card reader in the 3DS itself. The best thing to do would be to try again with another SD card. Be sure to check it for errors first using https://3ds.hacks.guide/f3x-(mac) , and of course be sure that it is FAT32-formatted. (Do not run f3x or h2testw on an SD card if it has deleted data that you are trying to recover!)
     
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  3. TurdPooCharger

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    Before you do anything to your card, first try to recover your Nintendo 3DS folder using a data recovery software. Scan the SD card if it was deleted there. See this list.
     
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  4. Xpl0it

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    try easeus data recovery wizard, it recovers anything
     
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  5. celesteworms
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    unfortunately all the software i can find including easeus are charging me $50 to use. you can scan for the files but not download them.
     
  6. TurdPooCharger

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    But did EaseUS managed to find your deleted Nintendo 3DS folder and its files? By the way, do you have flexible morals? If you know where to look, there are ways to getting that program... The rest of whatever that means is up to you. :|

    If you have a spare SD card to use a temporary substitution, you can continue with getting your 3DS back to working order.
     
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  7. Xilith

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    you can if you find the right version, google is your friend
     
  8. Kwyjor

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    Unerasing deleted files from FAT32 devices (especially if they aren't securely deleted) is a trivial operation, software-wise; there has to be something out there. But I am completely unfamiliar with what the options are for Macs.

    I think bootable "live" solutions might work. Try SystemRescueCD, specifically TestDisk (see instructions here).
     
  9. Joom

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    Don't bother. With you being on a Mac, you won't be able to restore anything emptied from flash storage.
     
  10. Kwyjor

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    What gives you that idea..? FAT32 is FAT32, regardless of whether it's being written with Windows or Mac. Do Macs automatically perform some kind of secure erase?
     
  11. Xpl0it

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    only if you tell it to do so
     
  12. Silent Hell

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    I really wish I had checked here before reformatting my SD card. I lost all my saves and games from the freeShop days. All my Pokemon, Rhythm Heaven, Fire Emblem saves and hours poured in are permanently gone. So at this point I just wanna know, can this program REALLY find the 3DS folder and will ALL of the contents be intact? Has anyone else had experience with this? I need to know for future use.
     
  13. Lacius

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    It's important that you use Checkpoint to backup decrypted versions of your important save files on a regular basis and keep them somewhere safe online.
     
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  14. Silent Hell

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    I thought I did on my ancient laptop, but I can't find them. I haven't touched this 3DS in 2 years.
     
  15. Kwyjor

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    It all depends on the exact details. The most important thing is to not write anything to the card after it is deleted or reformatted – re-writing stuff to the card is the best way to make the deleted data unrecoverable.

    The most basic deletion techniques just mark the previously-used space in the filesystem as available for writing, one way or another. In that case all you need is a utility that basically marks that space as used again. If you reformatted your SD card because it got corrupted somehow, then that's a different matter.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/3dshacks/comments/96kg4v/my_3ds_sd_got_corrupted_and_i_successfully/ also recommends Testdisk, as noted above.
     
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