why FAT16 format? FAT 32 allocates the data more efficiency than FAT 16. and why not NTFS? 4GB SDHC cards and meant for NTFS.
my question is, can I use NTFS format on the new 4GB SDHC SD card I got to put in my 3DS?
also, can I move the data from one card to the other? I have 2 SD cards slots on my pc.
basicly, do I have to follow these instructions to the letter?
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You know, that's interesting. FAT16 only supports partitions up to 2GB. That means that you could not use an SDHC card unless you broke it up into 2GB partitions. Nintendo's Support site clearly states that you can use either SD or SDHC cards with your 3DS, yet they tell you to format the drive as FAT16?
I assume they say use FAT16 because the 3DS doesn't understand FAT32 or NTFS. In that case, though, it seems like you would only want to use 2GB SD cards or smaller with the 3DS....
It wouldn't hurt to try FAT32 and see if the 3DS recognizes it. You can always change it to FAT16 if it doesn't work. I doubt NTFS would work.
If you try FAT32, let us know how it goes. Thanks.
I e-mailed Nintendo. Their representative responded as follows:
Thanks for contacting us about the information on the website and I can explain why we have those specific steps. It is possible to use SD standard- or SDHC standard-based cards, including SDMini and SDMicro versions with the appropriate adapter. However, the only product we can guarantee is the official SD Card like the one that came with the system. This card is available on our Online Store (http://store.nintendo.com) and is 2GB.
So, he's saying that the instructions for formatting the SD card that came with the 3DS are on the support site. If you want to format a different SD card or SDHC for use with your 3DS, you're on your own.
As HEAVYOAK found out, you should format SD cards that are higher capacity than 2GB with a FAT32 file system. You can use FAT16 on SD cards that are 2GB (like the one that comes with the 3DS) or lower capacity.