Hardware Nintendo Switch 1TB sd card best option

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Since they're (micro)SDXC they should both be compatible with a Switch.


Speed-wise both of them have exactly the same rating and as an owner of 128gb variants of both these brands (Extreme and Extreme Pro) the difference in real world speed is insanely minimal.

It is also worth noting that both of these are far too fast to matter for any workload on a Switch. The microSD port on the console can't even go that fast.


So just take the cheapest one at the capacity you want. Of those two, you should get the first one you linked.
 

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I think I have the extreme one (2 of them, one for each switch). the color doesn't look right with the pro. I don't know if there's really much of a difference between the two. I haven't had any problems with either extreme, but check yours with h2testw after getting to make sure it's not fake.
 

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I think I have the extreme one (2 of them, one for each switch). the color doesn't look right with the pro. I don't know if there's really much of a difference between the two. I haven't had any problems with either extreme, but check yours with h2testw after getting to make sure it's not fake.
I have legit of both at 128gb, the difference was a couple MB/s of speed when tested with CrystalDiskMark. Nothing to write home about.
I don't know why SanDisk bothers with the two when they are essentially the same. Marketing tactics I guess?
 
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dunno. last time I checked on amazon usa there was only one 1TB micro sd. I guess there are two now for some reason by the same company.
 
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no cons really other than expense of it. I got my first 1TB for $199.99 on black Friday last year, then the second on labor day of this year for around $180. both were new and from amazon, so you should be good as far as them being legit. I only have about 215GBs of space left on each with 137 games installed along with updates and all dlc that I know of. this is on a legit system too, both are legit.

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btw, make sure you format them to fat32 (allocation size doesn't matter, but I'd go ahead with 32KB). exfat seems to have problems even for legit users.
 

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btw, make sure you format them to fat32 (allocation size doesn't matter, but I'd go ahead with 32KB). exfat seems to have problems even for legit users.
I second this. There have been numerous incidents of Switch users losing their data and it always can be traced back to the use of exfat. It's unlikely you'll ever really have a need for files large enough to warrant anything other than fat32 so it's just silly to risk it.
 
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no cons really other than expense of it. I got my first 1TB for $199.99 on black Friday last year, then the second on labor day of this year for around $180. both were new and from amazon, so you should be good as far as them being legit. I only have about 215GBs of space left on each with 137 games installed along with updates and all dlc that I know of. this is on a legit system too, both are legit.

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btw, make sure you format them to fat32 (allocation size doesn't matter, but I'd go ahead with 32KB). exfat seems to have problems even for legit users.

Didn't know that. Thanks for the advice. I have the Fat32guiformat but also I have SD Card Formatter by TUXERA. Is it any of them ok (or maybe both) or any other suggestion?
 

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fat32gui is what I used. I have some games as big as 30GBs, and I've never had a problem with a file being over 4GBs. afaik, no switch game has a file that large.
 

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they both not worth if using on switch, buy regular sandisk instead because switch limited to 100mbps read

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no cons really other than expense of it. I got my first 1TB for $199.99 on black Friday last year, then the second on labor day of this year for around $180. both were new and from amazon, so you should be good as far as them being legit. I only have about 215GBs of space left on each with 137 games installed along with updates and all dlc that I know of. this is on a legit system too, both are legit.

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btw, make sure you format them to fat32 (allocation size doesn't matter, but I'd go ahead with 32KB). exfat seems to have problems even for legit users.
exfat easy to currupted if interfiring happen when sending data, but you can use chkdsk /f on windows to repair the corrupted file,
i still using exfat on 512gb only manage 36 games, so tempting to buy 1tb but there is no good game either for that, waiting next year, then 1tb worth for me atleast the price will drop
this year will be epic for games library : little nightmare 2, monhun rise, shin megami v, persona 5s, botw2, bayo3, no more heroes 3, and any other ports....
 
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they both not worth if using on switch, buy regular sandisk instead because switch limited to 100mbps read

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exfat easy to currupted if interfiring happen when sending data, but you can use chkdsk /f on windows to repair the corrupted file,
i still using exfat on 512gb only manage 36 games, so tempting to buy 1tb but there is no good game either for that, waiting next year, then 1tb worth for me atleast the price will drop
this year will be epic for games library : little nightmare 2, monhun rise, shin megami v, persona 5s, botw2, bayo3, no more heroes 3, and any other ports....

Shouldn't use exFAT due to the fact exFAT because there's no journaling, so any interruption during data transfer often results in corruption and data loss.

Also people should be doing usb install for games so that they don't need to keep pulling out their sd card from their switch and connecting it to a computer. Also you increase the chances of killing you switch's sd card adapter.
 

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I have no idea if this applies to the switch, but for my 3DS, using a 512 GB over a 256 GB shows a decent amount of delay in the 3DS's cold boot time. Unsure if because there are more blocks/sectors it has to read through before initializing or what. Unsure if this is a consideration for the Switch at all, though.
 

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Shouldn't use exFAT due to the fact exFAT because there's no journaling, so any interruption during data transfer often results in corruption and data loss.

Also people should be doing usb install for games so that they don't need to keep pulling out their sd card from their switch and connecting it to a computer. Also you increase the chances of killing you switch's sd card adapter.
FAT32 doesn't have journaling either. That's not the issue. Just something with Nintendo's exFAT implementation.
 

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FAT32 doesn't have journaling either. That's not the issue. Just something with Nintendo's exFAT implementation.

I would agree Nintendo exFAT implementation is the problem.

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I have no idea if this applies to the switch, but for my 3DS, using a 512 GB over a 256 GB shows a decent amount of delay in the 3DS's cold boot time. Unsure if because there are more blocks/sectors it has to read through before initializing or what. Unsure if this is a consideration for the Switch at all, though.

You need to use a 64kb cluster, it boot faster for larger card than compared to using 32kb cluster. About 8 seconds difference for me going from 32kb to 64kb on a 256gb card.
 
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I have a 400GB card in my Switch... so far no problems. It is the PRO version of that card. But the slower card I had before had the same quick load results.
 

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geez
i never realized the size of a sd card held at least 1tb.
i always just thought it only went up to 256 gb. huh
 

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I bought the extreme version which is now really cheap {sold by amazon so I think it it will be the original} ~230 euros. Well, this got me covered for now or at least 1 more year (wishlist is too large about 96 games but many are less than 10GB). Usually, I am trying to cover my needs in storage with absolute perfection due to vacations/trips being very tight in what I can carry with me and prevent myself to include "standalone" fragile parts. For example, I want to carry Switch with Charger only that's why I do not buy retail games and i want this large SD Card.
 
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