Formatting the SD card.

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by RemixDeluxe, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. RemixDeluxe
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    RemixDeluxe GBAtemp Psycho!

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    From what I heard most people need to format their SD cards in their 3DSes so they dont crash in the middle of gameplay. Before I do this can someone explain how FAT32 is better than regular FAT.
     
  2. Quincy

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    I havent formatted it and I don't have any problems. Don't have heard of it either.
     
  3. Nollog

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    fat32 allows for larger sd cards.
    I think >2gb needs to be fat32.
     
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    As mentioned, this is true... also IF you use 'proper' formatting software (like the Panasonic formatter) you are unable to format >2Gb to 'just FAT' anyway IIRC

    More 'info' about the differences/Advantages/Disadvantages avaliable here (but it's a bit technical IMHO)
     
  5. RemixDeluxe
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    Ok I just wanna know is it necessary at all to change the format on the SD that comes with the 3DS? Will it make the system run more smoothly?
     
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    Well, as far as I know the SD card that comes with the 3DS is 2gb.
    And it won't have ANY effect on the system if you format the card.
     
  7. Nollog

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    No.
     
  8. dsfanatic5

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    The black error screens seem to be more attributed to having your wifi on, rather than formatting the SD card. I don't know what the real cause is, but I started turning my wifi switch off when I go to play a game, and I haven't had any crashes since. Before that, I was getting a crash almost every day, but powering down always fixed the problem. Still annoying though, but hopefully fixed in the next update.