Need to format SD card?

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  1. AaronUzumaki
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    AaronUzumaki A.K.A. Ecstasy Espeon

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    I have an 8 GB SDHC and it works fine in my 3DS, but when put into my computer, I get an error that says it needs formatted, so it won't open. Yet, when I put it back in my 3DS, it works stupendously. Anybody know what the problem might be? I've been searching, but can't really find much about it...
     
  2. Satirical

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    It could be a problem with the hardware you're using to connect it to your PC, like a SD-USB converter that isn't too good.
     
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    AaronUzumaki A.K.A. Ecstasy Espeon

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    It is the built-in reader. It reads everything else.
     
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    Sounds like It has something to do with how the file system was formatted, like in NTSC, FAT, FAT32. Maybe the 3DS can read the file system but your computer can't...
     
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    AaronUzumaki A.K.A. Ecstasy Espeon

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    I know my computer can read NTFS, exFAT, FAT16, and FAT32. What format could it possibly be? (I used another computer that read it fine to put the files on it from the default 2 GB.)
     
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    Maybe you have a virus on your computer.
     
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    AaronUzumaki A.K.A. Ecstasy Espeon

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    Nope. Like I said, it reads other cards. Oh well... I'll just have to find another way to put more music on it...
     
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    Sometimes there are... quirks in individual pieces of hardware that can prevent one device from reading external media formatted in a file system the system should normally be able to read. It used to happen all the time with floppy disks. I think it has to do with the error tolerance of the hardware. Try putting the card back into the computer that can read it, back up your files, then allow the computer you want to be able to read it to format the card. Then, before you replace the backup files, test the card in your 3DS to see if your 3DS will read it after the format (if it doesn't, you'll have to reformat the card; no sense wasting time copying stuff you'll just have to re-copy later). Most likely, this will work, and your other hardware should be able to read the card after the format. Now, you copy your backed-up data back to the SD card.