Making the Most of Your R4 Cards
The R4DS cards were a major development for Nintendo DS owners around the world,
changing the way the consoles worked. Unfortunately however, getting to grips with buying
and subsequently using the R4 cards can be a bit confusing so we have put together a list
of tips to help you make the most out of your R4 card.
When it comes to using your R4 card and storing you files, organisation is key. Keep a
good directory of files on your Micro SD care and have a file for each area, for example
' Music' , ' Video' , ' eBook'',' Games'' etc. This makes life much easier when it comes to
updating your files on your computer, as well as being able to access the right files on your
In the spirit of organisation, it's particularly important to try and keep a separate folder for
images and music files due to the number of individual files that will be in each one. Sub-
folders are also a good idea within the file for control ing the different albums you might
want to put on your console so that rather than just giving them generic titles, such as
Track 1 or Track 2, it is better to designate it with the music album or individual track title to
make life easier when playing a song or album on your Nintendo DS.
The R4 cards are a good way of backing up your games onto external memory drives, but
this is not an entirely foolproof plan. For example, one of the main causes of memory loss
on your gaming consoles is damage such as water damage etc, which would likely
damage the R4 card as well. So to fully ensure that your gaming is protected, you should
always backup your saved games onto your PC regularly in case of any such damage.
Not a vital little tip but certainly a helpful one, when it comes to taking you R4 card out of
the console in order to add a new micro SD card, you do not need to pull out the whole
R4DS from the Nintendo DS console each time you decide to add files into the Micro SD
card. The Micro SD card can easily pop out of the R4DS card slot at the push of a finger.
You can then install this into the card reader or writer to alter or add to your files regardless
of whether or not these are videos, movies, games, or music.
Unfortunately there isn't a great deal of information online to guide R4 card owners
through problems they may have with them. However, there are a lot of other R4 users out
there so when you do have problems that you would like some advice on, the best place to
go is the Nintendo forums. Here you will be able to chat to other users and you will almost
definitely be able to find somebody who has had similar or identical problems in the past.