I have a 4GB SD card, but when I try to update a game on my 3DS it always says "You need x more open block(s) to download this.". When I look at my Data Management, the software, extra data and DLC on the card are all displayed as empty. Why does my 3DS claim that I have no space on my SD card?

Photos of the screen of my 3DS

  • Out of curiosity, what game are you trying to download? It's possible the game itself is simply too large for the 4 GB SD card.
    – Nolonar
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 8:43
  • I'm trying to update animal crossing I havent updated it in a while...
    – DeathWish
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:18
  • New Leaf should take only about 1 GB, so the card should be large enough. You might have too many pictures, videos, or music files on it. If that still doesn't help, you can always try to buy a bigger card.
    – Nolonar
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 8:03

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SD cards can contain data other than 3DS-specific files. Free up some space in your SD card by using any file explorer, such as connecting it to a computer.

  • I did as you explained but there is still no space... Now it claims that I need 230 more blocks to download the game.
    – DeathWish
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:35
  • @DeathWish Then you need more space. Have you emptied the SD card? Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 20:40
  • When I looked at the SD card it was broken so I will just buy a new one. Thank you for your help.
    – DeathWish
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 12:30

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