SD2Vita will allow you to use a micro SD card as the PS Vita memory card. You will need to purchase an adapter and it goes into the game slot. Therefore, you won't be able to play physical games and use the micro SD card at the same time.

You will need the following items:

SDAdapter

SD2Vita Adapter V5.0

This tutorial will be using the SD2Vita Adapter 5.0. It is the newest one as of 2018 and will fit into the PS Vita slim without any modifications. I got mine here.

MicroSD

Micro SD Card

Get a legitimate micro SD card. If the price seems too good to be true then it is probably fake; buy from reputable sellers. I got mine here.

Files Needed

Gamecard-MicroSD: GitHub Link
Win32 Disk Imager: SourceForge Link
zzBlank.img: GoogleDrive Link
VitaShell: GitHub Link
Make sure you Enable Unsafe Homebrew in HENkaku Settings

Step 1: Back up all the contents on your Sony memory card through VitaShell.

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Launch Vitashell and press start to bring up main settings and change "SELECT button" to USB. Press Select to connect to your PC through USB. Wait for a screen to pop on your PC containing all the files on your memory card.

Step 1B: Enable Hidden Folders.

Show Hidden Folders

You need to enable View Hidden folders to see everything in your memory card. Go to View / Options / Change folder and search options / View / and select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives", and make sure to uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)."  Click Ok.

For Mac Users, you can use CMD + SHIFT + . to enable hidden folders and again to turn off the view.

Step 1C: Copy all Contents in your Memory Card to a Backup Folder.

MEmory CArd Backup

The folder that just popped up when you connect through USB contains everything in your Sony Memory Card. Once hidden folders are enabled, copy everything in that folder to your back up folder.

Step 2: Download gamesd.skprx

Moving to Tai

Locate the Tai folder in your memory card folder. Download the gamesd.skprx plugin from Github and put it in the Tai folder.

Note: I have extra files in my Tai folder because I installed other hacks.

Step 3: Move Tai Folder

TaiCopy

Press O to cancel the USB connection. In VitaShell, scroll down to ux0: and press X, scroll down to Tai Folder and press Triangle to bring up the menu and select "Copy". Press O to back out until you see ur0: and press X on ur0. Select the ".." and press triangle to paste.

TaiPaste

Step 4: Edit the Config.txt file in ur0: FOLDER.

Step4 Config Tai

Go into the new tai folder you just pasted and press X on the config.txt file. Scroll down to *Kernal and press Triangle to bring up a menu. Press “Insert empty line” and type in “ur0:tai/gamesd.skprx". Press O to go back out to your config file and then O again to exit. Press X to save your modifications.

Note: Other hacks will require you to type in other plugins under the *KERNEL, but these should go under ur0:tai/gamesd.skprx instead of *KERNEL. ur0:tai/gamesd.skprx should always be under *KERNEL.

Step 5: Delete the Tai Folder in ux0:

SD2Vita Step5

Press O until you see ux0: and press X on it. Select the tai folder and press Triangle to bring up the menu and select Delete. Press X to confirm the deletion and press START to pull up the main settings. Scroll down to "Reboot" to restart the Vita. You always need to reboot the Vita whenever you make changes in the config.txt file.

Note: The uxo: directory is for removable storage (where your Sony memory card was). The deletion of the tai folder in ux0: is important because without it your Vita won't load your Sony memory card. The vita will instead load from the tai folder on ur0: which we edited to load your microSD card. 

Step 6: Use Win32DiskImager and ZZBLANK.img file on MicroSD Card.

Install SD2Vita.pt6

Plug your MicroSD card into your PC, and take note of the letter your PC assigns to the card. Install and open Win32DiskImager. While in Win32DiskImager, click on the blue folder icon and select the zzBlank.img file. The location of the zzBlank.img file will now appear under Image File. Make sure your microSD card is under Device and then click Write.

Step 7: Eject MicroSD Card and Format it.

Install SD2Vitapt8

Safety eject your MicroSD card and plug it right back into PC. You will get a prompt that says the MicroSD will need to be formatted. Click on Format disk.

Step 8: Format MicroSD Card.

Install SD2Vitapt9

Change the "Allocation unit size" to "Default Allocation size" and make sure the "File system" is "exFAT (Default)". Click on Start.

Step 9: Copy Backed up Contents into MicroSD Card.

Install SD2Vitapt10

Open the folder that you backed up in Step 1 and copy everything into your MicroSD card. Once done, eject your card from the PC.

Step 10: Put MicroSD Card into the SD2Vita Adapter V5.0.

SD2Vita Step12

Now you can put your MicroSD card into the SD2Vita Adapter V5.0 and put that into your Vita (insert it on the top of the vita where you would insert your physical game). Power on the Vita and check your memory card capacity either through VitaShell or Content Manager.

Note: If you are on 3.67 or 3.68, your microSD card won't load up if you shut down your Vita. You need to launch H-Encore in order for your microSD card to load whenever you boot up. Therefore if H-Encore is on your Sony memory card then you need to keep that memory card in your Vita. However, you can't use both memory cards at the same time.

31 thoughts on “Install MicroSD card”

  1. there is no easy way to quick swap between official Card and Micro SD Card yet ?
    iam asking because i bought a 32GB Sony Card and it dont really wanna let it lying around 🙁

  2. How does it work If I also want to play physical games? Do I take out the sd card and put the game and when finished just put the SD card back again like nothing? or do I have to do this process all over again?

    1. Not really worth it, people usually just play digital games. It really is a pain to play physical games because if you save it, the save would be in the internal memory (if slim) or on your official memory card.

  3. Jaysus that looks awkward as fuck. Was kinda hoping I could just put in the sd card and start using it haha.

  4. I followed everything, and redid it 3 times, but at the last part when i remove the sony proprietary card from the vita, h-encore and vita shell disappear, i checked content manager, it doesn’t detect the sd2vita card, and shows 0GB. When i leave the sony card in, it shows both h-encore and vita shell, and content manager shows my microsd storage correctly.

    I have the original Vita 1000 model on 3.68.

    any help will be appreciated.

    1. It doesn’t sound like you transfer anything to your SD card, where is your tai folder located at? Is it in ux0 or ur0?

      1. I have this same problem and if I take the sony card out I lose encore and vitashell. I deleted ux0:tai and my ur0:tai is setup perfectly, I believe. Now, I can’t just use one. It’s like they’re both relying on each other now. It’s a phat vita, if that matters.

  5. im using 3.68 i try this but after restarting my device and install the hencore again then exit it goes black screen until my device turn off then need to open again is there anyone who can help me with this problem im very frustrated try to set up my sd2vita

  6. I followed all the steps but the sdcard shows up in vitashell under ux0 not ur0. I’ve tried multiple times and each time the sd cards capacity is added to the ux0 directory. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Any ideas?

    1. Actually you are correct, the default is ux:0, I forgot I was using a plugin to switch it. Your SD card should be good to go!

  7. Is it normal, that the sd2vita Folder is now ux0 on the OLED Vita?
    I can’t see the original Memory Card in the Vitashell anymore.
    On this tutorial your sd2vita folder is ur0.
    Do I need to change the tai/settings.txt on ux0 or on ur0 now?

    1. No, it being on ux0 is normal. I forgot in my tutorial that I was using another hack that turns it into ur0. It’s been corrected!

    1. Hi Sidney, is there a certain step that is giving you trouble? At least half of the steps are done on your Vita and most of the steps on the PC are dragging folders. I haven’t done this on a Mac but I do have one; I have been getting a few requests for a mac tutorial.

    1. No you don’t need the Sony memory card unless you used a Sony memory card to install H-encore and Vitashell because you want to transfer those over to your SD card. Also if you are using internal memory, I believe the tai folder will be in ur0 and not ux0 but make sure once you start installing SD2Vita.

  8. Bro I Have Question May Tai Folder in Ur0 in config.txt the extension file is same in Uxo Folder
    Example:
    ux0:tai/etc like that. the same ur0 i remodify them at Step thanks sori for my english

          1. Not a problem, thanks for using my guide. When you put in the SD2Vita Adapter, you want the Vita to be off and then turn it on after you insert the SD2Vita.

  9. Probably the best, most straightforward SD2Vita tutorial out there at the moment. Instead of glossing over the process the author breaks the hack into discrete steps and takes the time to explain how to complete each step … and to explain what you are doing.

    H-encore is a great hack but it took me a few days and a bit of a headache to get it to work. I had absolutely no problems following this tutorial and got it right the first time! The whole process took an hour ONLY because my 8GB Sony card was full. If I had deleted the games on it the process would have taken only minutes (copying from the Vita and to the SD card was sloooow).

    Thank you CFWConsoles for a great tutorial. Instead of 8GB of memory, I now have about 60GB and all for $18 (microSD card) plus $5 for the SD2Vita adapter!

    1. Wow thank you so much for your comment and for using my guide! That’s a pretty good deal you got and it still cost less than the 8GB memory card!

  10. Thanks for your amazing guide. Would like to clarify the following: “Therefore if H-Encore is on your Sony memory card then you need to keep that memory card in your Vita. However, you can’t use both memory cards at the same time.”

    I’m running 3.68 and installed the h-encore on my Vita memory card. Can I keep the Vita memory card just to run the exploit and store the roms on microsd?

    Thanks and sorry if it’s a silly question. Just got a vita and entirely new to this cfw scene.

    1. That’s a good question. Yes, as long as the sd2vita is setup as ux0 in my guide your Sony memory would just be used to launch H-Encore.

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