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How to manage your data using your SD Card

Which SD Cards can I use on my Nintendo 2DS console?

The Nintendo 2DS system works with SD Cards up to 2 GB in memory, and SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB.

You can use the SD Card included with your Nintendo 2DS system, or the following Nintendo-authorised SDHC Cards: 8 GB [RVL-037] or 16 GB [RVL-038].

We have also conducted functionality tests on the following SD Cards:

SanDisk Extreme:
4 GB [SDSDX-004G-X46, SDSDRX3-4096]
8 GB [SDSDX-008G-X46, SDSDRX3-8192]
16 GB [SDSDX-016G-X46, SDSDRX3-016G]
32 GB [SDSDX-032G-X46, SDSDRX3-032G]

Panasonic GOLD:

Lexar Premium Series:
16 GB [LSD16GBBEU200]
32 GB [LSD32GBBEU200]

Please Note the above SD Cards have been subjected to functionality tests. However, we do not guarantee the performance of these products.

Please consult the instruction manual of the SD Card for information.

Specifications of these SD Cards are subject to change. There is a possibility that these devices may not function properly with the Nintendo 2DS system due to such a specification change.

SanDisk Extreme is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries.

How Do I Insert and Remove My SD Card?

Removing and inserting your SD card is very simple, however to avoid any data loss or damage to the console please follow the below steps.

  • Ensure that your Nintendo 2DS console is switched off before removing or inserting an SD card
  • Open the SD card flap
  • If you already have an SD card inserted in the 2DS gently push the SD card in, the SD Card will then pop out.
  • Insert an SD card by pushing the SD card in with the gold connectors facing the screen of the console until you hear it click.

    Important Note - never remove your SD card while playing a game or saving any data, we always recommend ensuring the console in turned off when inserting or removing an SD Card to avoid any loss or corruption of data.


I Have Just Upgraded To A Bigger SD Card, How Do I Transfer My Data To The New SD Card?

Transferring your Data from one SD Card to another is pretty simple, however you will need a PC or Laptop that you can insert your SD card into. If your PC to Laptop does not have an SD card slot you will need an adapter.

In order to transfer your data to a new SD Card please follow the below instructions (your new SD Card must not have any data on it, if it does it will need to be formatted). 

  • Insert the SD Card with the data you wish to move into your PC or Laptop
  • Open the file with the data for your SD card if this does not open up automatically.
  • Copy the files “2DS” and “DCIM” to your desktop (Important do not modify, move or delete the data in the folders as this may corrupt your data)
  • Take out the SD Card after the files have copied and insert the new SD Card, copy the files you recently moved to the Desktop into the new SD Card

    Please Note, you will only have the folder “DCIM” if you have taken photo’s on your Nintendo 2DS.


How Do I Backup The Data On My SD Card?

In order to back the data up on your SD card you will need to have a PC or Laptop you are able to insert your SD Card into, if you have this please follow the below steps. 

  • Insert your SD Card into your PC or Laptop
  • Copy both the DCIM and 2DS folders (DCIM will only appear if you have used the Camera on the 2DS)
  • Paste the folders to the location you wish to store the data on your PC or Laptop, alternatively you can simply drag and drop the folders to the desired location)
  • Your data is now backed up on your PC or Laptop
    If for any reason the data on your SD Card becomes corrupt, you lose your SD Card or even accidently delete the data, you can do the below to restore the data.
  • Insert the SD Card into the PC or Laptop
  • If you are restoring data as your files have become corrupt you will first need to delete any data on the SD Card
  • Drag the backed up files onto the SD Card
  • You have now restored your Data to the point where you last backed up the data

    Please Note, anything you have done on your console since you last backed up your data will not be restored, due to this we recommend backing up your data often to ensure you keep all your hard earned street pass hats and save game progress.
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