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Quick Fix - 3DS could not detect an SD card

2017-05-02 16:39:19 Posted by Abby Haines to Partition Manager

Summary:
3DS won't read it's SD card? Easy and efficient ways are offered here to fix ‘Could not detect an SD card. The software on the SD Card could not be displayed’ error in 3DS.

3DS won't read it's SD card? In this page, we focus on how to fix the issue in some easy and efficient ways. 

As a game user, you might have encountered a situation that you are unable to start a game because your SD card cannot be detected or read by 3DS. Just like the following case:

"When I open my 3DS XL, it gives me a message says "Could not detect an SD Card. The software on the SD Card could not be displayed." Is there any fix?"

Steps to fix 3DS could not detect an SD card 

1. Check if the problem is with your SD card or your 3DS

Whenever you get could not detect an SD card error message, please first try another SD card in your 3DS. 

  • If another SD Card does not work, it might suggest that your 3DS should be sent in for repair. 
  • If another SD Card works, it turns out to be a problem with your SD card. You can try to reformat 3DS SD card to FAT32 with EaseUS free partition software for repair. It is said to be helpful by a large number of users. 

2. Transfer 3DS Saved Data onto another SD card

Here, before formatting, you can try EaseUS PC transfer software to transfer your 3DS Saved Data onto another SD card. It works if your card can be detected by your PC.

3. Reformat 3DS SD card to FAT32

Step 1. Connect 3DS SD card to PC, launch EaseUS free partition software, right-click the card and choose "Format partition".

Fix 3DS could not detect an SD card - choose format partition option

Step 2. Configure the label you want in the Partition Label box and then select the FAT32 file system in the "File System" drop-down list.  

 Fix 3DS could not detect an SD card - choose FAT32 file system

Step 3. Choose the 64kb Cluster Size in the "Cluster Size" drop-down list and click "OK" to continue.

Fix 3DS could not detect an SD card - choose 64kb Cluster Size

Step 4. Click "Apply" to reformat 3DS SD card for repair.

4. Replace old 3DS SD card with a new one

For some users who are still suffering could not detect an SD card error in 3DS after reformatting the card, replacing the old card with a new one is recommended.

Tips to avoid 3DS could not detect an SD card error

  • Never remove or insert SD cards while the system is on.
  • Never remove a miniSD or microSD card while the adapter is still in the system.