Fixing 'No Accessible Software Data' Error

How to recover lost games after a PC transfer of your 3DS data

Hands using Nintendo 3DS XL

So you’re upgrading from an older 3DS to a brand-spanking new Nintendo 3DS XL.

If you happen to have a ton of games and data you want to be transferred from your old 3DS, chances are that you opted to do a system transfer that uses your computer as a middleman to move the files from your old system’s SD card to your New 3DS’ microSD card.

After making it all the way past the system transfer process and inserting your microSD card to your New 3DS XL, however, you find yourself getting a dreaded error message:

“There is no accessible software data.”

Wait, what? Where are my games? Noooo!!!

Actually, chances are that they actually are still in the card. You’ll know the transfer process half worked if you got all your messages back, for example, an inspection of your card via the settings menu shows that it doesn’t have all the free space that a supposedly empty card should have. If that’s the case, it likely means your card got a bit corrupted during the transfer process and simply needs to be reformated. Here are six easy steps to get all your games and data back after getting the “no accessible software data” error.

Reformat Your Memory Card

Just like you need thoughts about puppies to reformat your brain, you’ll need to reformat the memory card on your 3DS to fix this particular error. The key is to make sure that you did not erase the 3DS source file that you initially copied onto your PC at the tail end of the 3DS system transfer process as you’ll need to transfer it back to the new system’s memory card after you reformat it. To reformat your memory card, connect it to your PC again. Then open up Control Panel, click on System and Security then go to Administrative Tools. From there, click on the option to Create and format hard disk partitions. This will bring up the Disk Management window, showing your various drives and connected memory devices. Right click on the box showing the name of your memory card. Make sure it’s the right card so you don’t end up totally erasing the contents of the wrong drive. Once you right click it, you’ll see an option that says Format… Make sure the File system says “FAT32” and that the box for Perform a quick format is NOT checked (i.e. it has to be blank because you want to do a full format). Once everything is kosher, go ahead and hit OK. Reformating can take a bit of time, so have patience and wait it out.

Copy Your Data Again

Once reformating is done, copy the “Nintendo 3DS” folder once again from your PC to the memory card.

Disconnect Your Card

Properly disconnect your memory card from the PC. The best way to do this is using the “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject media.” On a Windows 7 computer, for example, you get to this option by clicking on the small triangle at the lower right part of your lower toolbar to show your hidden icons. The icon you want to click is the one that shows a USB plug with a check mark.

Put Your Card in the New 3DS

Insert your memory card back into your new 3DS. Turn it on and your games should be back. If it doesn’t work for some reason, well, it might be time to send a support ticket to Nintendo.