Do I need to format sdhc?

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by zygirl, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. zygirl

    zygirl Member

    Sep 16, 2011
    Hi Guys,

    I bought a new 16GB sdhc for my new 3DSXL, the manual seemed to say I could just pop it into the system.

    I did; and the system recognized it. This was last week. The blocks are showing up and I haven't seen any issues - however I seem to be reading in various places that I should have formatted it first.

    Do I need to take it out and format it; or is it fine?

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Theconejo

    Theconejo GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    United States
    I think people might recommend the formatting to make sure the data is being written on a solid base layer. The cards should be fine but as an extra precaution I guess.
  3. frogboy

    frogboy lacking both style and grace

    Dec 6, 2011
    United States
    No, you don't need to.
  4. zygirl

    zygirl Member

    Sep 16, 2011
    Let me rephrase - SHOULD I format it then?

    Seems as though most people recommend just formatting the larger cards (32gbs+) and this is only a 16gb.

    So what's the verdict - should I?

    Just a note; it's a sandisk card.
  5. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    Jan 3, 2008
    From Where???
    i reformat everything with the panasonic sd formatter, because it was coded as a solution for properly setting up sd cards. in theory you'll get better performance and life out of the card if you format it correctly.

    -another world
  6. EyeZ

    EyeZ GBAtemp Addict

    Dec 4, 2009
    Yeah you should format before use, i normally do except for one occasion, & it wasn't too long before i had to.
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