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Label faces down
Open the SD Card slot cover and press on the end of the card until
it clicks and partially ejects from the slot. Grasp the SD Card and
remove from the card slot.
High-capacity SD CardNintendo 3DS folder
Using SD Cards
Using SD Cards
The system comes with an SDHC Card inserted into the SD Card slot. With SD Cards you will be able to save photos you have
taken with the system or play music saved to the SD Card. (The data that can be saved to an SD Card varies depending on the software.)
Software that you have downloaded, other than DSiWare (see page 54), is saved to the SD Card. NOTE: Downloaded software that
has been saved on several cards cannot be re-saved onto a single card.
Using miniSD Cards or microSD Cards (sold separately)
These require an SD Card adapter (sold separately).
IMPORTANT: Inserting or removing a miniSD Card or microSD Card while the
card adapter is still inserted in the system could cause the system to be
damaged or malfunction, or cause loss of data. Always insert and remove the
entire card adapter.
Removing an SD Card
Make sure the power is o.
IMPORTANT: To prevent damage to the system or
the SD Card, do not remove or insert the SD Card
while the system is on, unless instructed to do
so by the software you are using. Doing so may
Inserting an SD Card
Open the SD Card slot cover.
IMPORTANT: Do not pull or twist the slot cover forcefully. Doing so could stretch or deform
it, which could prevent the cover from closing correctly.
Insert the SD Card.
Insert the SD Card into the SD Card slot until it clicks into place, making sure the label side
faces down. Close the SD Card slot cover.
SD Card write-protection switch
In the down position, the SD Card write-protection switch will prevent you from
saving or erasing data on the card. In the up position, you can save and erase data
on the card.
Using SD Cards
The Nintendo 3DS XL uses SD Cards up to 2GB in size and SDHC Cards of 4GB and larger.
About SD Card capacity
If you begin to run out of room on an SD Card, rst try deleting undesired photos, sound les, or software using the Data
Management feature in System Settings (see page 74). If you still need more room, you can purchase a higher-capacity SD Card
and move all of the les onto the new SD Card.
Use a PC that has an SD Card slot or a commercially available SD Card reader/writer to transfer les.
IMPORTANT: Downloadable software and its save data are saved in the Nintendo 3DS folder. (Photo data
is not included.) Please do not alter, move, or erase les or change the names of the les in the
Nintendo 3DS folder.
Please make sure to copy each of the pertinent folders within the Nintendo 3DS folder.
If you copy software to a new SD Card, play it, and save your progress, the same software on the old SD
Card may become unusable. You cannot use multiple copies of the software.
If you copy software to a new SD Card, use the new SD Card and do not use the original data.
Precautions about copying les
You cannot recombine downloadable software whose folders have been saved to multiple SD Cards. If you copy data to
a new card and then overwrite that data by re-copying it, that data will become unusable.
If you individually copy the les in the Nintendo 3DS
folder, the Nintendo 3DS XL system will not recognize
them. You must copy each folder in the Nintendo 3DS
folder without altering the contents.