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!
     
  3. JimPlayz912
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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?
     
  5. KleinesSinchen

    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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