Save Corruptions - How to avoid in the future?

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  1. skitariister
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    Hello,


    I was playing Layton vs. Ace Attorney and I closed my 3DS to go out and run some errands.

    I opened my 3DS and I only have a black screen. Pressing buttons didn't do anything. Thinking that the connection between card and 3DS was probably poor, I turn my 3DS off and reboot it.

    I go back into the game and it...decides to reset my data. The game just deleted all my progress (I'm on Chapter 6...)

    I've already been very careful since I lost my Dual Destinies save where I turned the 3DS off without closing to Home but this is starting to get on my nerves. The funny thing is that when I use someone else's save the game automatically tells me it's corrupt and resets me back to square one.

    How do I avoid this in the future? How does it happen, exactly? Is it a case where the save file's progress doesn't match the last known state of the game? I'm pretty puzzled myself.

    Thanks.
     
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    Weird. I switched from R4i to Gateway just now and I'm able to use the Dual Destinies save. I'm done with R4i now. Permanently.


    Unfortunately, I don't think I can recover my Layton vs Ace Attorney save now.
     
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    You should always just do home and close if you planning to leave the 3ds in sleep mode, even with the gateway you will very occasionally get a black screen after the 3ds has been in sleep mode a while.......but it should just revert to your last save since you home and exited out, but I have only had it happen once or twice on gateway, the latest R4 FW has a bug(which one doesn't :P) but this time it's randomly deleting saves, so you probably got hit by that
     
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    Indeed....thanks.

    Let's hope a nice charitable person will upload a Layton vs AA save sometime soon :D
     
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    Search in the save requests thread there might be something there for you to grab
     
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    I know, I searched through it but I didn't find anything. That's why I posted a request.
     
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    Well, it has never happened to me, but I have some ideas as to how you can prevent save corruption.

    Corruption can only happen if a file has been modified.
    Gateway will write the save onto the big SD card (card1) for most games, and the microSD (card2) for games like Pokemon X/Y.
    Now, gateway will not write the save file until you either: close the game or power down.

    Flash cards are known to freeze if you leave the lid closed for too long. The time it takes to freeze is complete random and you will never know when it will happen.
    I suspect that if you power down while the 3DS is frozen, Gateway will write a corrupt save to the SD card.

    If the game ever freezes on you, you can try ejecting both SD cards before powering down to avoid corruption.
    Now, like I said before... This is only my assumption, but I have a feeling that it will work.
     
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    I feel like a better title would have been:
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    Sorry, I know that was a useless post. I was just immediately reminded of the news when I saw your thread.