sorry if this has been asked, i looked for 2 days now and havent found much solid info.
since nintendo is putting retail 3ds games on the e shop i decided it is time to upgrade my card from the 2 gig to a 32 or 64gb
question i have
1.will a 64gb sdhc or sdxc work in the 3ds
2. anyone know what write/read speed it should have, someone said that read speed is more important than writing speed for 3ds so is a 20mb/s read speed and 15mb/s write speed good
3. anyone have suggestions on cards i should get, i want it to be a 64gb and under 60 bucks, i found one for 50 thats a komputerbay 64gb class 10 sdxc card if anyone knows of a better card or how good this one is it would be really helpful.
are you sure, i heard that they raised the cap again, and a few people have reported it working i just want to make sure
edit: did a little more searching and people say sdxc will work if you put it in fat32 or fat16 format and does anyone know a good transfer rate, i want my games to load faster than the class 4 the 3ds came with
No recent system update raised the cap for SDHC cards. As for read/write speed, it doesn't matter if you have a Class 2 or 10 SD Card, and load times won't change. It is irrelevant because no 3DS game is going to have an output that a Class 2 card cannot easily handle.
I have heard reports that faster SD cards can help with loading the icons in the menu and possibly when launching software stored on the card (in addition to music/photos/etc.) so it might be helpful to consider the speed class.
so 32 is the max then i hope they raise it since retail games are going on now 32 is plenty space i guess
and the read speed does matter, i saw a comparison between a class 2 a class 4 (the one it comes with) and a class 10, the icons when you boot the system appeared instantly on the 10 and fast on the 4 and slowest on a 2 and even the games on the cards loaded faster but i guess its not to big a deal
I did some more searching to see if i could find any proof that people got sdxc cards working on their 3ds systems, turns out they did. if you format on your computer to fat32 then it should work on your 3ds, their is a picture someone took of their memory card screen, they used a sdxc 128gb card and it gave them 962,068 blocks. i just hope nintendo either adds support for sdxc cards or just don't fix this get around.
i would post a link to the picture but i dont know if im aloud, if someone could tell me if i am then i will post the picture
also for those of you who might not know, the 2gb that the 3ds comes with is 15,000 blocks
Nintendo cannot add support for SDXC cards because they come formatted with with exFAT, a Microsoft proprietary file system for which Microsoft holds a patent. When the patent expires, Nintendo could add support for SDXC cards formatted with exFAT.
Until then, like you said, if you buy an SDXC card and format it with the FAT32 filesystem, it should work on the 3DS. In theory, the capacity supported could be as high as 2TB (the upper limit of the SDXC standard as well as FAT32).
wow i didnt know there was a reason nintendo didnt have sdxc support, so i guess i will get a 64gb sdxc card and just reformat it, is there a downside to fat32, i read that it only lets you transfer files that are 2gb but i also read they fixed that
I have a 3DS XL and I purchased a 64gb micro sd card, and an adapter. This is working very well for me and offers a large amount of memory for downloading. I don't know a reccomended speed for cards, however I highly reccomend a 64gb. I was able to find mine for only 20$ at Amazon. The link is here http://www.amazon.com/64GB-Class-Micro-Memory-Adapter/dp/B00B5VY2WA/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1366751934&sr=8-9&keywords=64gb+micro+sd+card
I am using this card, and it works very well. I am not sure if there is a difference between the SD carb abilities from 3DS to 3DS XL, but i hope this helps.
I was doing more research on this topic, and I found an article that walks though, step by step, how to re-format an SDXC card to enable it to be read by a 3DS/ 3DS XL. She does a good job explaining why SDXC cards usually don't work and how to fix it.