Sending 3DS to a repair shop, should I backup?

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by JimPlayz912, Aug 14, 2019 at 9:29 AM.

  1. JimPlayz912
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    JimPlayz912 A.K.A. UltraGamer912

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    Many of you know me for uploading 20 posts a day about my R button. So I'm going to send it for repair but...
    I'm scared. What if the technician is like "No problemo ill just format the thing and the heavily damaged R button will be okie dokie!"

    Should I backup my NAND and SD card content? (Or atleast send the 3ds without the sd card/stylus/game card etc.)
     
  2. KleinesSinchen

    KleinesSinchen The backup reminder

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    If I would send a device to an independent repair shop¹ and the technician decides trying to solve a minor² 3DS hardware problem by deleting all user data…
    I would…

    However, I recommend backing up your stuff regularly (please have a look at my signature). This has nothing to do with sending something in for repair. Any device, any storage media (like the SD in the 3DS) can fail/corrupt for no reason from one second to the other.

    Most important to backup is data that can’t be replaced by any means – in the case of a 3DS this are savegames (personal data) and the NAND image (console unique data). Do yourself a favor and backup the NAND and all saves with Checkpoint and/or JKSM from time to time and copy everything to your computer.

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    ¹ Do not send a 3DS with CFW to Nintendo!
    ² More serious hardware damage which requires replacing the motherboard makes the NAND image and the SD:/Nintendo 3DS folder mostly useless – although data recovery with ninfs should be possible. But: backing up the decrypted saves before makes everything easier!
     
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    JimPlayz912 A.K.A. UltraGamer912

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    ok thanks backup guy/girl/idk
     
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    JimPlayz912 A.K.A. UltraGamer912

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    Wait, can I just send it without an sd card but only backup my sysNAND?
     
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    KleinesSinchen The backup reminder

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    Technically you can recover everything from the SD with a GodMode9 NAND backup containing essentials.exefs – even if your 3DS is shot to the moon. But you’d better believe me that backups are good – for the NAND and your saves. It takes like five minutes to do a "backup all" with a savemanager – followed by copying the folder to a computer.

    A technician behaving like an idiot is not the only threat for your data. I know it's kind of shameless self advertising my own blog entry but I really do not want to repeat everything here – so I hope this is acceptable:

    https://gbatemp.net/entry/concept-for-backups.15595/
     
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    JimPlayz912 A.K.A. UltraGamer912

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    OK, Yesterday I backed up my nand (still dint send it for repair)
    Here's the thing: I'm gonna keep my nand on my pc and im NOT gonna send my sd card with the 3ds together.
    BUT: If the techincian formats/bans my system, will I able to recover the nand and use my sd card as usual without losing any saves?
     
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    JimPlayz912 A.K.A. UltraGamer912

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    OKOK I backed up everything now!
    SAVES AND NAND ARE ON MY PC
    AND MY SD CARD... I will actually send my 3ds without it.
    I mean, why would he/she need it? To fix the R button? Heh
     
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    Yes, but you'll have some NNID issues where the server thinks the NNID is unlinked and refuses login. Easiest way to solve that is to sign in with your NNID before you restore your NAND, so the NNID status matches on the server and console.
     
  9. KleinesSinchen

    KleinesSinchen The backup reminder

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    That is what I wanted to hear/read! Now you have everything backed up like it should have been even before considering sending the 3DS in. I hope everything goes well and you finally get a new (R)-button.

    smile.
     
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