By Teresa / Last Updated July 19, 2019

Why upgrade Nintendo 3DS SD card?

Nintendo 3DS is a portable game console which is capable of displaying stereoscopic 3D effects without the use of 3D glasses or additional accessories made by Nintendo in 2010. Nintendo 3DS was a big success in video games and has won millions of players worldwide until now. There are five modes in 3DS family and each of them varies in configurations, display, memory, and camera and so on.

New Nintendo 3DS

Neither Nintendo 3DS (XL) nor New Nintendo 3DS (XL) have been equipped with large capacity when they been produced. Nintendo 3DS has 2 GB SD card included and New Nintendo 3DS (XL) only have 4 GB Micro SD card included. These storages are far away from enough if you want to install more games on the console. Luckily, both of them support expand storage up to 128 GB and 256 GB via similar SD cards. That is to say, you’re allowed to upgrade 3DS SD card to gain more space. Well, how to upgrade 3DS SD card without losing data? Keep reading.

How to transfer 3DS data to new SD card with computer?


  • To upgrade 3DS SD card in computer, you have to pay attention to the compatibility of that SD card. For instance, Micro SD card in New Nintendo 3DS could only be recognized under Windows operating systems. Therefore, a Windows-based PC is necessary for 3DS SD card upgrade.

  • It is important that the new SD card should be compatible with 3DS.

  • If you would like to connect both SD cards to PC during the transferring process, an adapter for SD card is indispensable for most PCs have only one SD card slot.

  • If you’re removing the microSD card from a New Nintendo 3DS (XL), you will need a size #0 crosshead screwdriver. For more detailed steps on removing SD cards on 3DS, click on how to remove an SD card or microSD card.

Nintendo 3DS support has already offered a solution on transferring data between SD cards using PC on their website. In brief, you connect the old SD card to PC first and drag and drop the specific folder from the Windows Explorer or Finder. Eject the SD card and connect the new SD card. Then copy that folder to this new SD card. It seems like pretty easy to transfer data between SD cards. Nevertheless, many users fail to access or use data in that folder in new 3DS according to their feedback. As a result, an alternative strategy will be quite helpful.

AOMEI Backupper Professional is reliable cloning software that can assist in upgrading New 3DS SD card within several clicks. It supports Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista in both laptops and desktops. With its Disk Clone feature, all contents of SD card will be moved to target SD card completely. Download its free trial first to learn the step-by-step tutorial.

How to upgrade 3DS SD card to larger SD card via AOMEI Backupper?

Step1. Remove SD card from 3DS and connect it as well as the substitutive SD card. Make sure they can be detected by Windows. Download and install AOMEI Backupper.

Step2. Launch AOMEI Backupper and click Disk Clone under Clone tab.

Disk Clone

Step3. Select the old SD card as source disk.

Select SD Card

Step4. Select the new SD card as the destination disk. Note that the new SD card should be formatted to FAT32 in New Nintendo 3DS (XL).

Select Another SD Card

Step5. Check Sector by sector clone box and click Start Clone.

Preview Start Clone

It is fairly easy to solve the issues of how to upgrade 3DS SD card without losing data using AOMEI Backupper. Its user-friendly interface is suitable for both computer freshmen and IT experts. You can keep this software on the PC since it is also good backup and recovery solution, i.e. good alternative to Backup and Restore in Windows 7, and File History in Windows 8/10.