[Tutorial] How To: Dump 3DS Carts to CIA, 3DS to CIA, Dump Private Headers & DS Carts

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    The latest release of Hourglass9//Decrypt9WIP, now allows us to dump our physical 3DS and NDS//DSi Games, as well as our Private Headers from our 3DS games~!
    This guide was made for MenuHax and A9LH users, alike~ So you should be good, regardless of your setup~



    ~Setting Up Hourglass9 with Luma3DS (A9LH-Only)~
    As of the latest revision of Plailect's Guide, you should have Hourglass9 on your Start Key, effectively replacing Uncart from previous revisions of the guide. However, for the purpose of this guide, I'll still assume you don't have the latest version. I'll also be making the assumption you are using Luma3DS.
    Adapt the guide to whatever CFW or BootManager you are using~ Should be easy enough to figure out by looking at the documentation of your given CFW or BootManager~

    Files we'll need:
    Latest release of Hourglass9: https://github.com/d0k3/Hourglass9/releases/
    aeskeydb.bin (Somewhere here: https://3ds.guide/installing-arm9loaderhax)

    Note: I recommend that you delete Uncart, since Hourglass9 now makes it effectively useless.

    1. Copy Hourglass9.bin from the Hourglass9 zip to the /luma/payloads/ folder on your SD card.
    2. In the /luma/payloads folder, rename Hourglass9.bin to start_Hourglass9.bin
    Note: You can change the button behavior to whatever you want that Luma3DS' payload chainloader allows, just look at the wiki for other button options.
    Link: https://github.com/AuroraWright/Luma3DS/wiki/Other-features-and-notes#payload-chainloading
    3. Once you've gotten aeskeydb.bin, make sure to copy it to the /files9/ folder on your SD card. (If /files9/ does not exist, make one now, and put the aeskeydb.bin there)
    4. With the above recommendation, hold the Start key time at boot time to load Hourglass9.



    ~Setting Up Decrypt9WIP with Luma3DS (A9LH)~
    Certain sections of this guide only work with Decrypt9WIP. Sooooooooo, putting this here for people who need to setup Decrypt9WIP for those sections~ Otherwise, skip this~
    Adapt the guide to whatever CFW or BootManager you are using~ Should be easy enough to figure out by looking at the documentation of your given CFW or BootManager~

    Files we'll need:
    Latest release of Decrypt9WIP: https://github.com/d0k3/Decrypt9WIP/releases
    aeskeydb.bin (Somewhere here: https://3ds.guide/installing-arm9loaderhax)

    Note: I do not recommend replacing Decrypt9WIP with Hourglass9, as Hourglass9 is still a much safer and simpler way of restoring//managing NAND backups on A9LH setups.

    1. Copy Decrypt9WIP.bin from the Decrypt9WIP zip to the /luma/payloads/ folder on your SD card.
    2. In the /luma/payloads folder, rename Decrypt9WIP.bin to x_Decrypt9WIP.bin
    Note: You can change the button behavior to whatever you want that Luma3DS' payload chainloader allows, just look at the wiki for the other options.
    Link: https://github.com/AuroraWright/Luma3DS/wiki/Other-features-and-notes#payload-chainloading
    3. Once you've gotten aeskeydb.bin, make sure to copy it to the /files9/ folder on your SD card. (If /files9/ does not exist, make one now, and put the aeskeydb.bin there)
    4. With the above recommendation, hold the X key time at boot time to load Decrypt9WIP.





    ~Setting Up Decrypt9WIP (MenuHax)~
    I'll assume you don't have the latest version.
    If you have followed my adapted MenuHax Guide, then you should have a CtrBootManager entry for Decrypt9WIP, just updating it is enough.
    If you didn't follow my adapted MenuHax Guide, you'll have to figure out how to launch it with whatever version//method you are using. However it should be pretty similar and easy to figure out.

    Files we'll need:
    Latest release of Decrypt9WIP: https://github.com/d0k3/Decrypt9WIP/releases
    aeskeydb.bin (Somewhere here: https://3ds.guide/installing-arm9loaderhax)

    1. Copy the Decrypt9WIP folder from the Decrypt9WIP zip to the /3ds/ folder on your SD card.
    2. Once you've gotten aeskeydb.bin, make a /files9/ folder, and make sure to copy aeskeydb.bin to the /files9/ folder on your SD card
    3. Depending on your MenuHax setup, will depend on how you launch Decrypt9WIP.
    For some users, they'll need to load up the Homebrew Launcher then launch Decrypt9WIP from there.
    Assuming you used my adapted MenuHax Guide, you should be able to use CtrBootManager to launch Decrypt9WIP.
    Figure out the method of how your MenuHax Setup launches Decrypt9WIP and you should be good to go~





    ~Dump 3DS Cart to .CIA~
    The latest version of both Hourglass9 or Decrypt9WIP support dumping our physical 3DS cartridges directly to .CIA format. No PC needed~!

    1. Open up Hourglass9//Decrypt9WIP.
    2. Go to "Gamecart Dumper Options"
    3. Select "Dump Cart to CIA"
    4. Let it finish and done~! It's that easy~ ^_^ Just use your favorite CIA Installer, like FBI, and that's it~!
    5. You can find the created CIA file(s) under your files9 folder. Enjoy!




    ~Dump 3DS Cart to .3DS format~
    The latest version of both Hourglass9 or Decrypt9WIP support dumping our physical 3DS cartridges to four .3DS types (Encrypted-full, Encrypted-trim, Decrypted-full, Decrypted-trim)
    Taken from the README

    1. Open up Hourglass9//Decrypt9WIP.
    2. Go to "Gamecart Dumper Options"
    3. Select between the four options: "Dump Cart (full)" ; "Dump Cart (trim)" ; "[Dump & Decrypt Cart (full)" ; "Dump & Decrypt Cart (trim)" - Depending on your needs and from the descriptions given above.
    4. Let it finish and done~! If you want to convert your .3DS dump to .CIA, you must use Decrypt9WIP, so A9LH users will need to set that up, but read on if you want to see how it works~!
    5. You can find the created 3DS file(s) under your files9 folder. Enjoy!




    ~Converting .3DS to .CIA (On 3DS)~
    The latest version of Decrypt9WIP supports converting .3DS dumps to .CIA~

    1. Make sure all the .3DS dumps that you want to convert to CIA are in the /files9/ directory of your SD Card.
    2. Open up Decrypt9WIP.
    3. Go to "Content Decryptor Options"
    4. Go to "NCCH/NCSD File Options..."
    5. Go to "NCCH/NCSD to CIA Converter"
    6. Let it finish and done~! It's that easy~ ^_^ Just use your favorite CIA Installer, like FBI, and that's it~!
    7. You can find the converted CIA file(s) under your files9 folder. Enjoy!




    ~Converting Encrypted .3DS to Decrypted .3DS~
    If you dumped your .3DS files using either "Dump Cart (full)" or "Dump Cart (trim)"; Then your dumps are Encrypted, the following steps are for people who want to make them Decrypted dumps without redumping, however you'll need to use Decrypt9WIP.

    1. Make sure all the Encrypted .3DS dumps that you want to convert to Decrypted .3DS dumps are in the /files9/D9Game directory of your SD Card.
    2. Open up Decrypt9WIP.
    3. Go to "Content Decryptor Options"
    4. Go to "NCCH/NCSD File Options..."
    5. Go to "NCCH/NCSD Decryptor"
    6. Let it finish and done~! Your Encrypted .3DS dumps are now fully Decrypted .3DS dumps~





    ~Converting Decrypted .3DS to .CIA (On Windows-PC)~
    If you dumped your .3DS files using either "Dump & Decrypt Cart (full)" or "Dump & Decrypt Cart (trim)" ; Then converting to .CIA is pretty simple on a PC. Since these .3DS dumps have been decrypted.
    Or if you converted Encrypted .3DS to Decrypted .3DS, then converting to .CIA is also pretty simple on a PC.
    This part, will assume you are using a 64-bit Windows PC.
    Linux and Mac users will have to look into using 3dsconv through python2.7 (Should be easy to figure out)

    Files we'll need:
    3dsconv: https://github.com/ihaveamac/3dsconv/releases

    1. Download 3dsconv.exe and place it any folder//directory that you want to use as the working directory for the 3DS to CIA conversion.
    2. Copy over your 3DS file dumps to the same working directory as 3dsconv.exe (They'll probably be named after the Product ID of the game you dumped)
    3. If you dumped your 3DS games as decrypted, then it's a simple drag-and-drop of your decrypted .3ds files onto the 3dsconv.exe, it'll process them and convert the to .CIA (The .CIA converted files will be in the same directory as the .3DS files were)
    4. And that's basically it, you're done~! Just drag-and-drop the .CIA files back to your SD Card and install them with your favorite CIA Installer, like FBI.





    ~Converting Encrypted .3DS to .CIA (On Windows-PC)~
    If you dumped your .3DS files using either "Dump Cart (full)" or "Dump Cart (trim)" ; Then converting to .CIA is a bit more involved, since these dumps are Encrypted, we'll need to generate XORPads with Decrypt9WIP to convert them.
    This part, will assume you are using a 64-bit Windows PC.
    Linux and Mac users will have to look into using 3dsconv through python2.7 (Should be easy to figure out)

    Files we'll need:
    3dsconv: https://github.com/ihaveamac/3dsconv/releases

    1. Download 3dsconv.exe and place it any folder//directory that you want to use as the working directory for the 3DS to CIA conversion.
    2. Copy over your 3DS file dumps to the same working directory as 3dsconv.exe (They'll probably be named after the Product ID of the game you dumped)
    3. If you dumped your 3DS games as encrypted, then we need to use the command prompt to get our ncchinfo.bin for use with Decrypt9WIP to get our xorpads.
    4. On the same directory where 3dsconv.exe and your .3DS dumps are, Shift-RightClick and select "Open command window here"
    5. This should have opened a command prompt window with the focus on that working directory of our files.
    6. Type in "3dsconv.exe --gen-ncchinfo *.3ds" (This will generate a ncchinfo of all .3ds files in that directory.)
    7. Copy and paste the ncchinfo.bin to the root of your SD Card (can also be placed inside the /files9 folder) and insert it into your 3DS.
    8. Open up Decrypt9WIP.
    9. Go to "XORpad Generator" then to "NCCH Padgen" ~ Now watch it generate//create your xorpads~!
    10. Once it's done, make sure it has a "succeeded!" message, once you see that, go ahead and press B to return to the menu.
    11. Press dpad left + start to power off.
    12. Remove your SD Card from your 3DS, and insert it into your Computer and copy all the files that end with .xorpad to the same working directory as 3dsconv.exe and your .3ds dumps.
    13. With all that done, it's now a simple drag-and-drop of your encrypted .3ds files onto the 3dsconv.exe, it'll process them and convert the to .CIA (The .CIA converted files will be in the same directory as the .3DS files were)
    14. And that's basically it, you're done~! Just drag-and-drop the .CIA files back to your SD Card and install them with your favorite CIA Installer, like FBI.





    ~Creating .CIA file(s) from installed content//game(s) (On 3DS)~
    The latest version of both Hourglass9 or Decrypt9WIP support creating a .CIA from an already installed game.

    Use http://www.3dsdb.com/ to figure out what the title ID is for the game you want to build a .CIA for. Or use FBI, under Titles to find out that title ID.


    1. Open up Hourglass9 -> Miscellaneous Options -> SysNAND title to CIA or EmuNAND title to CIA (depending on which NAND the 3DS game was tied to)
    2. Use the arrow keys (right-left and down-up) and find the title ID for your game.
    I'll use Pokemon Moon as an example, which the title id is: 0004000000175E00 - it'll be displayed in Hourglass9 as /title/00040000/00175E00
    3. Once you've found and selected the folder that matchedd the title ID for your game, press A.
    4. It will now attempt to build the CIA
    5. You can find the created CIA file under your files9 folder. Enjoy!

    1. Open up Decrypt9WIP -> Content Decryptor Options -> CIA Builder Options -> CIA Builder (SysNAND/decr.) or CIA Builder (EmuNAND/decr.)(depending on which NAND the 3DS game was tied to)
    2. Use the arrow keys (right-left and down-up) and find the title ID for your game.
    I'll use Pokemon Moon as an example, which the title id is: 0004000000175E00 - it'll be displayed in Decrypt9WIP as /title/00040000/00175E00
    3. Once you've found and selected the folder that matchedd the title ID for your game, press A.
    4. It will now attempt to build the CIA
    5. You can find the created CIA file(s) under your files9 folder. Enjoy!





    ~Dumping//Extracting our Private Header(s)~
    The latest version of both Hourglass9 or Decrypt9WIP support dumping//extracting our Private Headers. However, they are only really useful and important for flashcard users, but I've added this for the people who want to and need this~

    1. Open up Decrypt9WIP//Hourglass9.
    2. Go to "Gamecart Dumper Options" and select "Dump Private Header"
    3. And that's it~ It'll dump it to your SD Card named something along the lines of ProductID-private.bin
    4. For the Unique ID value, it'll be displayed on the screen when dumping your header. You can go ahead and note it down. Or take the more sane approach, which I'll describe in the next couple of steps.
    5. Once done, make sure it has a "succeeded!" message, once you see that, go ahead and press B to return to the menu.
    6. Press dpad left + start to power off.
    7. Copy your private-header.bin from the /files9 folder to somewhere safe, or if you actually wanted the .bin, just use it however you plan to.
    8. Open the Decrypt9.log//Hourglass9.log with Notepad++ or with WordPad or with whatever txt editor you want (It'll look jumbled up in normal Notepad on Windows - I don't recommend you use that)
    9. Look for the Unique ID entry, and there it is~! Now copy and keep it somewhere safe and use it for whatever you were going to do with it~





    ~Dump NDS//DSi Carts to .NDS format~
    The latest version of both Hourglass9 or Decrypt9WIP support dumping our physical DS cartridges to .NDS format~ (Either full or trimmed)
    Taken from the README:

    1. Open up Decrypt9WIP//Hourglass9.
    2. Go to "Gamecart Dumper Options"
    3. Select between either: "Dump Cart (full)" or "Dump Cart (trim)" (Since NTR/TWL cartridges aren't encrypted, the decrypted options won't do anything different.)
    4. Let it finish and done~! Use your .NDS dumps anyway you want~ ^_^
    5. Your .NDS dumps should be in the files9 folder.
     
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    Quite awesome to see Decrypt9 implement cart dumping. :)
     
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    Woah O:
    LEGAL BACKUPS???
    Anyways, great tutorial. :) Well outlined and straightforward.
     
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    Nice guide!
     
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    Awesome! Now I don't have to use crappy powersaves or gatewait to get my shit online. Damn Skoo3DS.
     
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    Glad to be of service~ Hope it helped~ <3 ^_^

    Yus~! I was so happy when I was reading the release notes about it~! ^_^

    Thank you~ ^_^ I did my best to make sure it was~ <3

    Thank you~ ^_^

    Skoo3DS? Is this a new clone of or new release of Sky3DS? :o

    But yes~ This also makes uncart pretty useless for A9LH and Brahma2+Uncart users~ ^_^

    I still recommend Hourglass9 manage NAND backups//restores in an A9LH setup, as such why I don't recommend people replace their Hourglass9 with this. But any advance user should know they can do that, and the risks that come with having to remember to use the Keep A9LH option when using Decrypt9. ^_^


    I'll just be looking to fix up any odd sentence structures (to the best of my knowledge tho) - As well as, keeping this updated with any new features and tools that improve and make the process easier~ ^_^

    Hope it has helped at least one person~ ^_^ <3
     
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    Yes, it's Supercard's "new" and "innovative" hardware emulation flashcard.
    It goes well with "their" cfw and "their" plugins.
     
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    Had no idea decrypt9 can dump 3ds carts now, is it exactly the same as using gateway 3ds software?
     
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    With less bricksTM
     
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    Wouldn't it be easier to use 3ds simple cia converter 4.3 to turn 3ds files into cia files?
     
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    "Simple CIA Converter" doesn't support decrypted roms. also it's probably simpler to drag and drop roms on top of the exe to convert :P
     
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    Thank you! I'm currently extracting my private header :D
     
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    Glad it helped~

    I have also updated my guide and changed the key to the X key, per how Plailect's A9LH Guide now does it. I also am aware that Plailect's A9LH now links to a new updated Tutorial on 3dshacks, but it doesn't really go into detail on how to convert Encrypted dumps. Which I guess sort of works, kind of. But I like people to have choice.

    I'll be looking into adding Mac OS steps, over the next couple days, and as for Linux, if I do that, it'll probably be on an Ubuntu distro, not sure how well it'll translate across all different flavors//distros of Linux. I just use Linux to build if I have to.
     
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    it's pretty much going to be the same the same for both, just a note. remember to use Python 2.7, not 3.

    also a python script (or at least this one) is not supposed to have issues when you use it on different linux distros. the only thing there that could mess up is makerom.
     
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    I am aware of needing python2.7, I read the readme. :P

    But yeah, not too much into Linux, like I was when I was 12-13. But it's good to know that. ^_^

    If they're pretty similar tho for Linux and Mac OSX, I might just do Mac only, I mean Linux users seem to know what they're doing. :P
     
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    both mac and linux are basically unix[-like] and have similar command line interfaces. the only big difference for this purpose is how you open the terminal, so...

    (you could probably say the same for windows too... ?)
     
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    Hmmm, I guess it's pretty similar for all three ish, when using the python script. Still, I'll add it~! Just for the sake of being thorough, and for users who might not actually read, the readme. lol. ^_^
     
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    finally, I can get rid of that unorganized dump tool for a better one. Thx for the tut
     
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    No problem~ Glad it helped~ ^_^ <3