Hardware Nintendo 3DS SD Memory Card Question

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I have a quick question and I hope I'm putting this in the right place, but how can I tell which save files on which games on my SD card for the 3DS? I plug it into my computer and look at the folders, but there's only a bunch of numbers for the save files and no names. Just wanted to know if there's a way to tell or not.
 

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Get the id of the game(s) from http://www.3dsdb.com/
For example the US version of “Super Mario 3D Land” has the title id “0004000000054000“.

Go to SD:/Nintendo 3DS/<ID0>/<ID1>/title/00040000/00054000/data

You will find a 00000001.sav inside this folder. This is the save data for Super Mario 3D Land. If you have custom firmware(or plan to install it) you can use Checkpoint and/or JKSM to backup your saves in decrypted form. This is a very good idea in any case.

Manual backup and restore of encrypted saves is only possible on the same console and on games that do not use Anti Savegame Restore.

:!: Experiments with saves of games that do use this “feature” may lead to loss of save data (games will delete their progress). Only correcting the secure value with a save manager can repair this and therefore CFW is necessary.

Edit: There might be extra data in SD:/Nintendo 3DS/<ID0>/<ID1>/extdata
Edit2: You can easily find out if a game uses the anti save restore "feature". If the System Menu does not allow backups, the game uses it. Mario 3D Land does not use it – Pokemon does:

Mario1.png Mario2.png Pokemon.png

Of course this is not applicable on DSiWare and GBA games; they save on the internal NAND, not the SD.
 
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All SD card contents inside ID1 (which is inside ID0 which is inside the "Nintendo 3DS" folder at the root of the SD card) are encrypted with a system-specific encryption key, so you can't really do anything with them such as telling what the contents are with only main exception being folders named after a title's low+high ID (such as those folders inside the "titles" folder which contain install data for games). To check what ID corresponds to what game, use this: http://www.3dsdb.com/

Examples for folders:
1 - "backup"→"00"→"0004000000086400" = 86400 low ID is European ACNL, 00 = just sorting from oldest to newest, backup = non-homebrew save backups
2 - "extdata"→"00000000"→"00000b1d" = b1d00 low ID is European Monster Hunter 3U (zeroes at end are discarded for extdata)
3 - "titles" is self explanatory, 40000=games, 4000e=updates, 4008c=dlc, 40002=special apps

EDIT: Ninjaed:ninja::glare:
 
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Thanks for the help! I couldn't find the game I was looking for on that website, but I did find it on a pastebin doc I can show when I'm allowed to post it here.
Not sure if this could also be useful to anyone else.

Also, how do I open .sav files?

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Here's the file where I found the game I was looking for: https://pastebin.com/6Gzuf5xv
 

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Thanks for the help! I couldn't find the game I was looking for on that website, but I did find it on a pastebin doc I can show when I'm allowed to post it here.
Not sure if this could also be useful to anyone else.

Also, how do I open .sav files?

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Here's the file where I found the game I was looking for: https://pastebin.com/6Gzuf5xv
you cant they are encryped if you want to actually modify the save files you would need to install custom firmware and dumb the saves using a save manager such as checkpoint
 

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