How to Upgrade Switch SD Card and Transfer Switch Games to A New SD Card

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Tracy King updated on Mar 26, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles

How to Upgrade Nintendo Switch SD Card without Losing Data

How many of you guys have the experience that you'll have to upgrade and change the SD card when it gets full? And do you know how to change the Switch SD card to a bigger card and transfer all saved game files?

It seems that it's no longer a new problem for ordinary people to change their SD card to a bigger one due to different reasons. So do you know how to effortlessly migrate and transfer all saved games to a new SD card so to upgrade the Switch SD card? Here in the below, you'll find two recommended methods and you may just follow one of them to start changing your Switch SD card without losing any files now.

Note: If you prefer a straightforward way to directly move all games and hidden files to the new SD card, Method 1 with powerful Disk clone software will help.
If you want to just upgrade and change the Switch SD card on your own, Method 2 will help you to complete the task.

Method 1. Clone and Upgrade Switch SD Card for Free in 3 Steps

To ensure you with a smooth Switch SD card upgrade process, we highly recommend you follow guidelines in the below step by step to fully transfer saved game files to the new SD card:

1. Prepare both new and old Switch SD card ready

1. Format the new SD card and set the file system to NTFS.
2. Turn off Nintendo Switch complete by holding the Power button and wait until the Power option pops up.
3. Select Turn off and unplug the old Switch memory SD card out of Switch box.

2. Upgrade and clone old Switch SD card to new SD card

Here you'll need professional disk clone software - EaseUS Todo Backup for help. It allows you to use sector by sector clone feature to fully clone files and games on the old SD card by simple clicks. 

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  • Connect the two SD cards to your computer and make sure they can be detected by the computer.
  • Download EaseUS Todo Backup to your computer.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and go to the "Clone" feature.

open easeus todo backup and click clone

Step 2. Select one of the SD cards that you want to clone. 

select one of the usb as your source disk

Step 3. Select the other SD card as the destination to save your data.

select the other USB as your destination

Step 4. Preview the disk layout and then click Proceed to execute the SD card cloning process.

preview the usb settings and click proceed to satrt usb cloning

When the process completes, unplug the SD cards and continue with Step 3 to insert the new SD card into your Switch box and make it works again.

3. Add new SD card to Switch and make it work normally

1. Insert SD card into the Switch game box.
2. Turn on Switch and perform a system update to so make the new SD card detectable and work normally with Switch:
Click on "System Update", and then click "Update", finally, click "OK" to confirm the operation.

Upgrade Switch SD card and make it work in the Switch box.

After this, you can play games on your Switch with all games saved on the new SD card now.

Method 2. Change Switch SD Card and Copy Game Files to New Card

Step 1. Turn off Switch by holding the "Power" button and remove the old SD card from Switch.
Step 2. Insert the new SD card into Switch and let it format, and update it in Switch system if it's required.
Step 3. "Turn off" Switch again and remove the new SD card.
Step 4. Insert both new and old SD card to your PC and copy files from the old SD card to your new SD card.

1. Be sure to copy files to the same location or folders on the new card.
2. If you receive a prompt asking if you want to overwrite a file that already exists on your new card, click NO. Just copy files that don't exist on your new card.

Step 5. Put your new SD card back in Switch and turn on the box.
There, you can play games with the new SD card on Switch again.

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