Need to format sdhc card?

#1zygirl22Posted 10/11/2013 6:19:11 AM
Hi Guys,

I bought a new 16GB sdhc for my new 3DSXL, the manual seemed to say I could just pop it into the system.

I did; and the system recognized it. This was last week. The blocks are showing up and I haven't seen any issues - however I seem to be reading in various places that I should have formatted it first.

Do I need to take it out and format it; or is it fine?

Any help would be appreciated.
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#2Valkerion757Posted 10/11/2013 6:34:35 AM
Some cards would need to be formatted, seems like the one you have is just fine. I think its for cards larger than 32GB + that need it usually.
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#3jscFALCONSPosted 10/11/2013 6:36:44 AM
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#4ChemicalBurritoPosted 10/11/2013 7:14:29 AM
zygirl22 posted...
Do I need to take it out and format it; or is it fine?


It's fine. The cards you need to reformat (to the fat32 filesystem) are 64GB or 128GB SDXC cards, since they're formatted from the factory with a file system (exfat) that the 3DS can't read. 32GB and below cards don't need this.
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#5jscFALCONSPosted 10/11/2013 7:51:49 AM
ChemicalBurrito posted...
zygirl22 posted...
Do I need to take it out and format it; or is it fine?


It's fine. The cards you need to reformat (to the fat32 filesystem) are 64GB or 128GB SDXC cards, since they're formatted from the factory with a file system (exfat) that the 3DS can't read. 32GB and below cards don't need this.


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Deleted my message because to avoid confusion because I thought you didn't need to format any kind of SD card
#6zygirl22(Topic Creator)Posted 10/11/2013 10:23:55 AM
Excellent. Thanks folks - I don't need a monster sdhc as I'm a fan of catridges; but I might pick up a few digital titles like Pokemon.
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#7esoteric42Posted 10/11/2013 1:04:01 PM
I always recommend that new users get a 32GB card, as this is the largest the system supports natively. You can also find cheap 32GB cards for a mere ~$5 more, so it makes more sense in the long run in terms of investment.

SDHC cards do not need to be reformatted to work in your 3DS, but you can and should reformat them to FAT32 with 64KB clusters. Using 64KB clusters instead of 32KB clusters increases the read/write speed.