Soft-bricked N3DS

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  1. Samwix
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    Hi,

    I soft-bricked my N3DS, but I managed to update it through Recovery Mode. Can I format it without bricking it (in order to send it back)?

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    You can, but formatting it won't do anything; it'll still be on 11.0. Your only options of downgrading are a hardmod or using another 3ds with custom firmware.
     
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    Thanks, I know that it'll still be on 11.0. I just want to format it in order to send it back.

    To downgrade 11.0 with another console on CFW, I'll need that DSi Ware game?
     
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    Oh, I thought you meant sending it back to an older firmware.

    You'll need the game Fieldrunners or legends of Exidia on a CFW'd system to downgrade. If you plan on returning it and buying a new one, you could buy one on a lower firmware.
     
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    Hum, I think I'll send it back. So formatting is safe even if it has been soft-bricked?

    I'd also like to know how to prevent that soft-brick (I formatted the device), please.
     
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    Formatting is safe. There's no way to prevent a soft-brick while downgrading, but formatting your system before doing it will significantly lower the chance of a brick.
     
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    OK, thanks.
    Have I to format it before accessing to the first access HBL? Do I have to format the SD Card too?
     
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    If it's a brand new system, you probably don't have to format it, but if you do format it, you should format it before accessing the homebrew launcher.
     
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    Oh, I formatted it after accessing to HBL (it was a brand new system) :(
    Do I have to format SD too?
     
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    I don't think you have to, but you can just to be safe.
     
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