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R4 SDHC Revolution DS Card Adapters

The R4 SDHC is an upgraded version of the R4 Revolution with the only difference being that this card supports SDHC Micro SD memory cards. This allows you to use memory cards of a greater capacity than 2GB which was the limit for the standard R4 Revolution DS Card.

What is an R4 SDHC adapter? Why should I get one?

R4 adapters have been around for quite some time now, they where created so that you could do more with the Nintendo DS game systems. The standard R4 Revolution cards could only accept memory cards of 2GB or less which was quite limiting to some people. Hence R4 brought out the R4 SDHC adapter. This adapter allows you to use up to 16 GB and allows you to store and play lots more music and videos on your Nintendo DS than you could ever do before!

The R4 SDHC Adapter allows you to perform tasks with your DS that you could never do before! This includes listen to music, watch videos, browse your piccies and also read e-books all from your Nintendo DS! The adapter itself is the same size of a standard nintendo DS game cartridge and fits into the same slot (Slot 1) as the game cartridges. The adapter has amicro SD memory card slot and its on the micro sd cards that you store all the files you want to use on your DS. This then goes into the adapter and that, in turn, into your DS console. Turn on the DS and away you go.

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How does an R4 SDHC work?

The R4 SDHC DS card works by turning your DS into a multi media machine! The same size as a game cartridge the adapter behaves just like a proper game cartridge. But instead of playing games you can load the adapter with a Micro SD memory card filled with your favourite music, films, pictures and e-books! The R4 SDHC software (That you also need to load onto the memory card) allows you to access these files and play them on your DS. Please note that this device is not compatible with the latest Nintendo DSi games console.

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What do I need to use an R4 SDHC?

Some people are confused about what you need to get the R4 SDHC card working. All you need is the following:

  • A Nintendo DS, DS Litei

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  • The R4 SDHC Adapter (See box image above). The package should include the R4 SDHC Adapter itself, A Micro SD USB Card Reader, and Plastic case and a languard keychain thingy. (You only need the adapter and the Micro SD Card Reader though :-)

    R4 SDHC Adapter - AND - Micro SD USB Card Reader

  • A Micro SD Card - The R4 SDHC Adapter supports SDHC so you can have anything from 2GB to 16GB memory cards. Most people opt for a 4GB card which can store plenty of files, enough for most people.

    2GB Micro SD Memory Card - OR - 4GB Micro SD Memory Card - OR - 8GB Micro SD Memory Card - OR - 16GB Micro SD Memory Card

    What size micro sd do I need?  Knowing what size micro sd card to get for your R4 SDHC DS card can be tricky. Its not that easy to recommend a particular one because it really does depend oin the sizes of the files you intend to use. However, generally, a 2GB card will suffice for light users and 4GB card will do for most other people. If you have a really large collection of music or video files then you can go for the 8GB or even the huge 16GB card.

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R4 SDHC Step by Step instructions

For people with little or no technical knowledge then setting up your R4 SDHC DS Card can be a little tricky and sometimes daunting. Fear not though we have all the information you need to set your DS adapter up. Just follow these easy to use step-by-step instructions and you will have it working in no time.

  • STEP 1 - Buy your R4i Card & Memory

    If you have not done so already you are going to need to buy your device before you can do anything at all. Obvious I know but if it is the case that you still don't actually have an R4i as yet then we can recommend that you buy one from www.r4ishopper.com. You can buy them elsewhere but we have heard good reports about this vendor and their cards all seem to be genuine. If you don't already have a micro sd card hanging around then make sure you buy one of their bundle deals that includes the card as part of the package. If you are unsure what size memory card to get then opt for the 4GB Micro SD bundle as that will leave you plenty of space without being overkill.

  • STEP 2 - Check you have everything you need

    Its now time to double check that you have everything you need to continue. The checklist is as follows:

    • R4 SDHC Adapter
    • USB Micro SD Card Reader (If your memory card is greater than 2GB then the reader needs to be SDHC compatible)
    • A Micro SD Memory Card
    • A PC running windows XP or Vista (With the latest updates installed)
    • An active Internet connection

  • STEP 3 - Download the R4 SDHC Software

    Before you can use your R4 SDHC you first need to download the latest R4 SDHC software. The software is constantly being updated and is therefore not supplied on the R4 SDHC adapter itself. There may also be some sort of legal reason why the adapters are not supplied with the software out of the box. To save you some time we have the latest version of the R4 SDHC software for you to download

    R4 SDHC Operating software (Kernel) (ZIP File)

    Click the link and choose a location on your PC to save the file to. Remember where you decided to save the file. When the download is finished, find the file on your PC and then right click the file and choose "extract all...". Follow the prompts and choose the default options. When you are finished you should have a folder called R4SDHC and inside that folder you will find the files that you will need in the next step.

  • STEP 4 - Setting up your Micro SD Memory Card

    • Find the Micro SD memory card and remove from its packaging if necessary
    • Insert the Micro SD card into the USB Micro SD Card Reader
    • Insert the Card Reader into a free USB port of your PC/MAC
    • On a PC you should be prompted when you insert the card reader. Choose to open to view files/folders
    • You should now have an empty file window (Unless you have already transferred some files to your micro SD card.)
    • Now go back to your other window where you extracted the downloaded files to. Selected all the files and then press the right mouse button and choose COPY.
    • Go back to the empty folder for your memory card and right click and choose PASTE
    • When done your memory card should look like this:
    • Thats it for now - you can add your files you want to use with the R4i card later on. Click onto your C: on the right panel and then right click on the memory card drive and choose to safely remove the device (If you just unplug the USB reader without doing this you can damage your memory card and lose your files!)
    • Now remove the USB reader from your PC and remove the memory card from the reader. Try not to touch the metal connections.

  • STEP 5 - Using your R4 SDHC for the first time

    Now we can test out your R4 SDHC card using the memory card that we setup in step 4 above. If you followed exactly what I outlined in step 4 then you will not have any music, video or other files on the card as yet. That's fine because we only need to test that the card works and the menu appears on your Nintendo DS when used. Follow these steps to test out your R4 SDHC Adapter:

    • Insert the Micro SD memory card into your R4 SDHC adapter
    • Insert the adapter into your Nintendo DS game port (Slot 1)
    • Turn on your Nintendo DS
    • The R4 SDHC software should load automatically and you should be presented with the R4 SDHC screens on your DS
    • The R4 SDHC software should load and it should look something like this:

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R4 SDHC Latest Software

To make the most of your R4 SDHC you need to make sure that you have the latest version of the R4 SDHC software. This is also known as the R4 SDHC Kernel or the R4 SDHC system files.

Note: There are lots of different versions of the R4 SDHC cards.  THey are somtimes called R4 SDHC Upgrade, or R4 SDHC Upgrade Version III etc.  Please make sure you download the correct version of the software for your particular card.  It will NOT work otherwise.

You can download the latest version of the R4 SDHC software here:  Software Downloads

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R4 SDHC FAQ (Frequently Asked questions)

We will put the answers to all your R4 SDHC related questions here. We will also post solutions to common R4 SDHC problems.

  1. What is the maximum micro sd capacity an R4 SDHC DS Card can accept?
    The R4 SDHC Card is SDHC compatible and can therefore accept memory cards up to 16GB in size. However when using cards above 4GB try to organise your files into folders and sub folders. We have heard reports that folders with huge amounts of files can cause issues with R4 cards
  2. Are the R4 SDHC DS cards compatible with the latest Nintendo DSi console?
    No unfortunately the R4 SDHC is not compatible with the latest Nintendo DSi games console. If you require a DS card that is compatible with the Nintendo DSi then you need to look at the R4i Revolution or the DSTTi cards.

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Written by admin@r4dscards.com at 22/05/2009 15:36:00

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Comments made about this article

can you use cheats on the sdhc card and where is the cheapest place to buy an r4?
Written By tom on 21/06/2009 17:37:00
good informative article, thanks
Written By eddy on 22/06/2009 22:46:00
Hi Tom,

We would recommend you visit our where to buy DS Cards page to view our recommended retailers.

Thanks

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Written By admin@r4dscards.com on 25/06/2009 21:51:00
hay i tryed every thing but it did not work HELP!!!
Written By jayden on 26/06/2009 14:34:00
Hi Jayden,

Do you know what v ersion of R4 SDHC you are using?

Thanks

Mike
Written By admin@r4dscards.com on 29/06/2009 13:28:00
Dear Site Moderators,

I have recently bought a second R4 Revolution and my first R4iSDHC.
With the R4iSDHC, I recieved a Micro SD memory card reader, and although different in appearance to the readers which I got with both my R4 Revolutions (all black as opposed both silver and black from the earlier models) it has no mention of supporting SDHC cards on it - is this normal, or will I have to buy a new Micro SDHC-specific adapter if I plan on buying an SDHC card for my R4iSDHC?

Many thanks in advance,
Scott.

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We would assume that all readers manufactured these days are in fact SDHC compatible.
Written By Scott on 20/07/2009 02:51:00
Dear Site Admins,

Apologies, I probably should have posted my previous question on the R4iSDHC page.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Also, if I put both the R4DS and R4iSDHC firmware on the same 2GB Micro SD card, would it be possible to use the Micro SD card in both my R4 Revolution and R4iSDHC Upgrade, or are there filenamess which are common to both sets of firmware?

Many thanks in advance,
Scott.

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No worries :-) You wont be able to share a micro SD card with two firmwares on the same card as they do in fact have similar names and also your save files would get corrupted.
Written By Scott on 20/07/2009 03:02:00
hi I recently bought a R4 sdhc upgrade revolution card and I put the proper software on my 4gb sdhc micro sd card but when I insert it into the DS I get a ? menu folder looking thing on the top screen after the normal ds startup and then I cant do anything other than shut off the system, can anyone help me to figure out what is wrong? please and thanks.

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The message appears when the DS card can not find the menu.dat file in the root of your memory card. Or the file is not compatible with R4 card you own. Make sure you downlaod the software fo your UPGRADE card as this is different from the non upgrade R4's
Written By Matchell on 23/07/2009 23:50:00
Dear Site moderators

I am thinking of buying an r4 sdhc card or a r4 upgrade version iii since my r4 ultra card always freezes now, i've heard that the r4 upgrade is just another fake, is it true?,so which one should i buy?

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The R4 Upgrade is not a fake, rather it is made by a different factory out of China. It is true that they have piggy backed on the R4 name a little, but we have used the upgrade cards for quite some time now without problems.
Written By shueb on 05/08/2009 23:04:00
BOUGHT THE R4 CARDS FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN FOR XMAS.THE FIRST PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS I HAVE KNOWN FOR 13 YEARS. WHY DIDN`T I KNOW ABOUT THESE WHEN THE OLDEST ONE WAS SMALL ER. I AM THINKING OF GETTING ONE FOR MYSELF. THE KIDS TALKED ME INTO GETTING A DS OF MY OWN BUT I CAN`T GET ON WITH THEIR GAMES SO I DO BRAIN GAMES, MAHJONG AND CROSSWORDY TYPE GAMES. WHERE CAN I FIND A SITE WITH A LIST OF GAMES SO I CAN DOWNLOAD THEM MYSELF. MY SON-IN -LAW DID THE GIRLS BECUSE I AM STILL LEARNING HOW TO DO THINGS, APART FROM SPENDING HUBBY`S WAGES ON E-BAY, I AM NOT TOO SURE HOW TO DOWNLOAD BUT YOUR SITE HAS SHOWN ME HOW TO DO IT ----I THINK I CAN,WHO SAYS I`M GETTING OLD,THE BODY MIGHT BE BUT THE BRAIN IS STILL WORKING

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Thanks for your post - We are glad you are having fun with these devices but unfortunately we can not condone the use of thee for games and therefore can not provide a list of sites.
Written By GRANNY on 29/12/2009 18:44:00