Smarter way of removing emuNAND from a SD Card?

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  1. punderino
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    I see mostly everyone just used the D9 format SD option. I used a partition editor, to just delete the partition from the SD card, and then re-sized the other one back to the full size. Any issue here? Greatest thing here is, you lose, NOTHING. You don't have to lose the data on the SD card <3
     
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    Just get a partition manager like minitool or easeus, delete the emunand partition and merge the free space into the primary partition
     
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    Yeah, that's exactly what I did, I was wondering if there was a downside I missed? I don't know why we don't use that method, for me, I have a 64gb SD card, and it's usually full for my 3DS games/homebrew. I don't wanna have to back it all up a lot xD.
     
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    Because its cleaner and more reliable to just delete the entire SD card than to remove and merge a partition
     
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    I've had problem with merged partitions before. Just do a clean re-format unless your having some serious space limitations
     
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    Is it that hard to do this through the 3DS homebrew? It might be worth it to the other people, maybe just make a separate homebrew to do it for you.

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    It's not really merging, you're just deleting the one with emuNAND, and then just taking the space that is then empty.
     
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    Depends on your end goal. If you're happy with the SD as is, you can use any number of partitioning programs to merge them. If you're at some point deciding to change size/cluster size, you'll end up formatting anyway.
     
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    EaseUS or AOMEI partition editors work perfectly for me.
     
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    While partition editors are great, it is cleaner to reformat the entire SD card.
    Fragmentationing and all.
     
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    Can't you do defragging w/out formatting?
    Yeah, but if it already works why would you change the cluster size?
    Yeah, I went and used EaseUS.
     
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    The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club.
    The first rule about emuNAND is keep using emuNAND.
     
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    NEVER defragment a flash storage! You'll make more bad than good out of it! Take a look at dynamic wear leveling on Wikipedia, and you'll understand, why.
     
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    Dude, emuNAND is useless and unneeded and a waste of space once you have a9lh.
    i sorry ;~:
     
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    Let me try to be objective: emuNAND is not useless (I use it quite nicely every day), required given the advancements made possible by A9LH (no not required). Personal preference. I have no issue with the updated sysNAND community, I just can't relate to them as I am a lowly emuNAND peasant pining for crumbs.
     
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    The only reason people used emuNAND is to avoid bricking and having all of the modifications to the systen, now that we have a9lh we no longer need to protection, as we can get into D9 without even booting sysNAND. There's no difference between the two.
     
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    Not bad reasons to utilize emuNAND if I do say so myself. Until Nintendo stops updating the 3DS firm (never say never) I will take my chances with emuNAND. It is OK to use updated sysNAND and delete emuNAND, I'm just saying emuNAND seems to give more flexibility when it comes to safety. Comes down to the user and his comfort level. You got big balls and I got teeny tiny balls (but they are still balls).
     
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    xDD, guess so. In that case, just because it loads faster, I'd change your 9.2 sysNAND to your emuNAND, and your 11.0 emuNAND to your sysNAND.
     
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    Faster smashter. It's not like it's menuhax vs (updated sysNAND or emuNAND on A9LH) take your pick. For small mSD/SD owners 2 GB is alot. For users with larger mSD/SD (myself and I am assuming others) I can make that sacrifice.
     
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    This is my exact setup. I use my 9.2U emuNAND to enter the Gateway Launcher for dumping cart saves. in .sav format.
     
  20. evandixon

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    There are plenty of reasons to keep emuNAND, primarily to avoid bricking your sysNAND by writing corrupt files or from frying the chip (due to the excessive stress NAND backups and restores exert).

    However that is outside the scope of this thread. Personally, when I want to remove emuNAND from an SD, I use Window's DiskPart to clean the disk, then recreate a primary partition.

    Open diskpart.exe (letting it have admin rights), then type:
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    DISKPART> list disk
    DISKPART> select disk X (where X is your SD; be sure to select the correct one or you will erase everything on that drive)
    DISKPART> clean
    DISKPART> create partition primary
    
    You should then be able to format the SD with your choice of formatter.

    [Edit]
    Now that I think about it, I think emuNAND9 let you reformat your SD card without emuNAND. It would be easier to use that, assuming you have access to it. The steps I described above would work without a 3DS.
     
    Last edited by evandixon, May 17, 2016