Homebrew Question How to migrate to bigger SD card (using SX OS)

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I am using SX OS. I want to migrate to a bigger SD card, keeping everything intact.

- I copied all files from the old SD card to the new SD card.

- I inserted the new card, and rebooted, and the Switch gave an error "cannot read SD card".

- I deleted the "Nintendo" folder, now it works. The Switch generates a new "Nintendo" folder in the new card.

- However, when I delete the Nintendo folder, all my downloaded updates are lost.

I don't want to lose any downloaded contents when migrating.

Is there a fix for this problem? Maybe I have to just delete only one file in the Nintendo folder, not the whole folder?
 
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When you plug a new mSD in, the switch will delete files for you to allow you to use the new card.
Have you tested to see what you have lost if anything?
 

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I am using SX OS. I want to migrate to a bigger SD card, keeping everything intact.

- I copied all files from the old SD card to the new SD card.

- I inserted the new card, and rebooted, and the Switch gave an error "cannot read SD card".

- I deleted the "Nintendo" folder, now it works. The Switch generates a new "Nintendo" folder in the new card.

- However, when I delete the Nintendo folder, all my downloaded updates are lost.

I don't want to lose any downloaded contents when migrating.

Is there a fix for this problem? Maybe I have to just delete only one file in the Nintendo folder, not the whole folder?
Is your SD formatted the right way for sxos and the switch? Exfat or fat32?
 

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@usernametaken: No I haven't checked if any files were deleted.

I will retry to copy the files on the weekend. I used MacOS to copy the files, and it tends to add extra hidden files everywhere.

Concerning format: I used exfat.

I just found the official guide from Nintendo:
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/27595

They say to just copy the files over. Of course, I didn't use the official SD card formatter, but who uses that?
 
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@usernametaken: No I haven't checked if any files were deleted.

I will retry to copy the files on the weekend. I used MacOS to copy the files, and it tends to add extra hidden files everywhere.

Concerning format: I used exfat.

I just found the official guide from Nintendo:
https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/27595

They say to just copy the files over. Of course, I didn't use the official SD card formatter, but who uses that?
Are you on the latest switch firmware, or what? Tell me which firmware you're on. Because exfat SD switch support requires you to be on a later firmware.
So if you're on an earlier firmware you have to use something like fat32, or follow some other hack methods to make the switch support exfat without updating.
 
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Are you on the latest switch firmware, or what? Tell me which firmware you're on. Because exfat SD switch support requires you to be on a later firmware.
So if you're on an earlier firmware you have to use something like fat32, or follow some other hack methods to make the switch support exfat without updating.

Latest firmware. The SD card works fine if I delete the Nintendo folder after copying all files.
 

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Ok I tried copying everything over again. This time, I used Windows instead of MacOS and everything worked perfectly.

I didn’t have to delete the Nintendo folder or anything. All my downloaded games and updates are still there.

It must have been a problem with all these hidden files that MacOS created.
 
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At first my homebrew still wouldn't work. My hbmenu was just empty. The reason was that, when copying my folders, Windows enabled the "archive" flag on all of them. Hbmenu cannot read folders that have the "archive" flag enabled. So I had to manually remove the "archive" flag from all folders, and now it all works again.
 
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Use a partitioning software that support editing exfat partition, use its cloning function to duplicate the old sd card byte for byte to the new one. If there is left over space then you can expand to fill the unalocated space.
 

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Are you on the latest switch firmware, or what? Tell me which firmware you're on. Because exfat SD switch support requires you to be on a later firmware.
So if you're on an earlier firmware you have to use something like fat32, or follow some other hack methods to make the switch support exfat without updating.
All firmwares (except 1.0.0) have an exfat version :P
 
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