Does cia installation speed get progressively worse?

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  1. Osakasan
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    So i'm starting to install on my 3DS the games i already own in .cia format. At first the installation times were beareable, with 40 min. for a 1.2 GB game and the likes, but things has been turning progressively worse, to the point that a 700 MB game took 6 hours yesterday. It was insane.

    I'm using RxTools on 10.3 as CFW on o3DS, and FBI as installer injected into the H&S app. Also, my microSD is a 16 GB class 10.
     


  2. Seita

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    6 hours? That's defintely not okay. Maybe your card reader or sdcard are defective.
     
  3. Osakasan
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    Thing is, everything works ok, is the cia installation the only thing that got this bad.
     
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    I wouldn't use FBI for bigger files. Look into alternative CIA installers now that you're on CFW.
     
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    Have you tried putting your SD card into your PC since it slowed down? Having some read/write errors can slow down things.
     
  6. Seita

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    As other people have suggested here, you can always try other installation programs. I personally prerfer BBM.
     
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    @sl0ps any recommendation?

    @TVL Yes, in fact i move files to my SD daily using the microSD manager App. I also used my SD today on my PC to transfer files to a friend's 3DS' SD
     
  8. Xenon Hacks

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    use BBM
     
  9. ddurdle

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    Which brand microSD? Sounds like a card issue.
     
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    With FBI you can install games through network though using socketpunch.
     
  11. ddurdle

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    Maybe I haven't encountered the proper app yet, but which there was a homebrew app that could allow you to navigate CIA files on a network share, to install from there. Copying them to SD card will fragment it badly overtime, if you are copying 1 CIA, installing, deleting the CIA, etc. Creates pockets of fragmentation that will slow down the card.

    You may want to try copying all the SD files to a folder on PC, deleting them off the card, and copying them back. Should remove fragmentation.
     
  12. piratesephiroth

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    Just use DevMenu. FBI is only useful if you want to do CIA installations over wifi or need to delete NAND titles.
     
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    Ugh...

    Would defragging hurt EmuNAND or the 3DS system file?

    EDIT: Self-answer: It would hurt the SD card lifespan >__>

    Thing is, the only thing slower is the cia installation.
     
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  14. ddurdle

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    Installing CIA games also copies files onto the SD card (non-emunand portion). I'm believing this is why you are seeing slowdown.

    Don't use defragmenting tools, especially not on the emunand portion. "Manually" copying the SD data portion from-and-then-to will elimination fragmentation.

    What brand card is this anyways?
     
  15. piratesephiroth

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    An SD card isn't an HDD. Fragmentation slows it down but not that much.
     
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    Sandisk, if my memory serves me right
     
  17. Osga21

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    Here's a few things you could try:
    • Defragmenting your SD card(this probably won't help that much since it's flash based, but you never know...)
    • Formatting your SD card using the tool that Nintendo recommends
    • Using another cia installer
     
  18. Chelsea_Fantasy

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    Solution Part 1: Use BBM or SOON! to install the .CIA Files
    If part 1 does not works, check if you MicroSD card it's legit.
    It could be a pirate and cheap clone MicroSD card even if it says Class 10
    I have seen FAKE 128GB microSD cards class 100 (yes, not a joke) and they are really 16GB TF cards with a 3mbp/s writing speed.
    Solution Part 2: Buy a legit MicroSD card (I reccomend you a 16GB or 32GB Samsung EVO, I have a 16GB one and are goooooood)
     
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  19. ddurdle

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    All my Sandisks developed issues regardless of the device they were used in. Slowdowns are a start. Wait until your system starts to freeze on you at random times :)

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    Ya, the Samsung EVOs are nice. Lexar 300x 32GB are good too (and cheap!).
     
  20. piratesephiroth

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    I use a Kingston 64GB and it's pretty nice.