I am not very experienced with SD cards at all, and I have some pictures on my 3DS that I wanted to put on my laptop, but I was not sure if the games on my SD card would be deleted.

Will inserting an SD card with 3DS games into a camera or computer delete the games?

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    this does not seems to be a gaming question
    – Fennekin
    Nov 3, 2015 at 12:52

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No it will not delete the games unless you tell your camera or laptop to format the SD card. So be very careful about what your computer is asking you to do when you plug the card in.

In a laptop it will show up as a storage device which you can access and copy the files from your SD card to your computer.

  • Eem some devices auto format your card. Not sure if it still happens but it certainly did some years ago.
    – rom016
    Feb 10, 2016 at 12:57

Beware: while putting it in any device besides these with desktop OSes as some of them tend to silently format cards if they cannot read them for some reason (be it wrong filesystem or anything else)

As long as you use a reader directly connected to Windows device it will be fine (or Windows will ask if you want to format if anything bad happens), but cameras, phones etc are risky; consult a detailed manual to be sure (but unfortunately details like this may be omitted anyway).

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    I'll pretty much like a source or reference on your claim of silent format. As far as I know, no device will ever format a SD card without user input. I found this answer very misleading Nov 3, 2015 at 13:16
  • @JonathanDrapeau unfortunately it happened to me once while I was using my phone as card reader, but I'm not sure which one was it, probably ancient samsung L760 but I can be wrong here, cannot remember all my devices
    – zakius
    Nov 3, 2015 at 13:44
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    Unless you can provide a source, you could also have forgotten that you clicked, pushed or touched on your phone to format the card thinking you were asked if the phone could read the SD card, which would end up as not a silent format at all. A device that would silent format a card would have left customers with a bitter taste and wouldn't have last long on the shelves. Nov 3, 2015 at 13:52
  • I have had cellphones silently add their own directories to an SD card, but they've never formatted it.
    – gla3dr
    Nov 3, 2015 at 15:36
  • @JonathanDrapeau you may believe me or not, but the point is: don't trust devices you are not sure how they will behave. only that and as much as that, I'm pretty cautious since windows installer decided it will be fun to silently delete my second partition and use free space as bigger recovery partition during upgrade to win10, it absolutely shouldn't do this, but it did and I was unable to recover anything, so you can never be too sure and too protected, backup as much as you can
    – zakius
    Nov 4, 2015 at 14:43

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