Garmin SD maps

 

I have a garmin 62s with sd version of city navagator. But I am fixing to. Buy a Montana 650. And sale the 62s. Can I move that sd cars to the Montana ?

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Montana 650,62S,1450,Etrex Venture Hc

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If the card is a preloaded Garmin map card, then yes you should be able to use it in a different unit.

If it was a downloaded or DVD map product, then no.

To be sure, check the packaging and/or product specification page to see exactly what the requirements are for the product you have.

Yes it preloaded sd map card

Yes it preloaded sd map card

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Montana 650,62S,1450,Etrex Venture Hc

sd

you should be able to copy the files

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Don't think so.

alofficial wrote:

you should be able to copy the files

Preloaded maps are locked to the internal S/N of the card. You can copy the files, but you would not be able to use them from a different card.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

No Copy

Not looking to copy them Just use what I PAID for in another gps thats all

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Montana 650,62S,1450,Etrex Venture Hc

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alofficial wrote:

you should be able to copy the files

No. You cannot.

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bozlawless wrote:

Not looking to copy them Just use what I PAID for in another gps thats all

As long as you didn't download them to the card and it is a truly pre-loaded card, then you should be able to use them on another unit.

I dont think so they are

I dont think so they are locked

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Preloaded Garmin map cards have the maps locked to the card.

They are not locked to a particular GPS unit.

Downloadable and DVD maps are locked to a particular GPS unit.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=1456

Maps On SD Card

Motorcycle Mama wrote:

Preloaded Garmin map cards have the maps locked to the card.

They are not locked to a particular GPS unit.

Downloadable and DVD maps are locked to a particular GPS unit.

Buying the SD card instead of a download or DVD, would be the wisest choice. The price of $79.99 is the same for all options but only the SD card can be used in different units.
It's a no brainer on which option to buy, however, there is a possible disadvantage.

Since there are various Garmin units with differing or no Junction Views, I would assume the cards do not include Junction View files. Since the DVD or Download are locked to a given unit, one would think it would include the proper Junction View file for that unit.

Can anybody confirm this?

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

Junction View should be on SD card

If the card is recent I would think it would include the large JV file. I know on my 885 when I download a new map I get the little file because I don't have space on the nuvi for the large one. But when I delete that and put the large file on my SD card, the nuvi finds it and uses it just fine.

I don't think the JV size issue is anything other than space on the nuvi internal memory. I see no reason not to put the large file on the SD where at least my nuvi picks it up fine.

Jim

There is

muell9k wrote:

Buying the SD card instead of a download or DVD, would be the wisest choice. The price of $79.99 is the same for all options but only the SD card can be used in different units.
It's a no brainer on which option to buy, however, there is a possible disadvantage.

Since there are various Garmin units with differing or no Junction Views, I would assume the cards do not include Junction View files. Since the DVD or Download are locked to a given unit, one would think it would include the proper Junction View file for that unit.

Can anybody confirm this?

There is one thing that could possibly effect your "no brainier" theory and that is that you can't update the maps. When you purchase the full map version on DVD you can then continue to purchase updates. If you obtain the full map version on SD card no updates are possible.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, DriveSmart 61, Garmin Backup Camera 40 and TomTom XXL540s.

I'm Confused

t923347 wrote:

There is one thing that could possibly effect your "no brainier" theory and that is that you can't update the maps. When you purchase the full map version on DVD you can then continue to purchase updates. If you obtain the full map version on SD card no updates are possible.

Sorry but I'm not clear on what your saying.

I believe the OP was referring to a one time purchase of a current map amd not a lifetime map purchase that is tied to the unit

If I purchase the map on DVD I can continue to update maps by PURCHASING a new map update.
Yet on the SD card you can't update maps.

If I want a new map I'd have to make a purchase either way.

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

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muell9k wrote:

Buying the SD card instead of a download or DVD, would be the wisest choice. The price of $79.99 is the same for all options but only the SD card can be used in different units.
It's a no brainer on which option to buy, however, there is a possible disadvantage.

Since there are various Garmin units with differing or no Junction Views, I would assume the cards do not include Junction View files. Since the DVD or Download are locked to a given unit, one would think it would include the proper Junction View file for that unit.

Can anybody confirm this?

Maps on SD card do not have any of the extra features such as Junction View.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=1456
Please note, these full-version maps DO NOT contain premium content such as Junction View or 3-D buildings and terrain. These features only are available on the preloaded maps within your device or through a specific update for the mapping region of your device.

Maps on SD card cannot be used with MapSource. They can be used temporarily with BaseCamp as long as the GPS unit with the card is connected to the computer.

Maps on SD card cannot be updated. A new card must be purchased.

Reduced price map updates are not available for these cards. If you want to update the maps, you must purchase a new card that includes the latest map data.

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So there are trade offs with the various map product formats depending upon what you are trying to do.

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Personally, with my handheld units I use free maps from GPS File Depot and OpenStreetMap.

Map On SD Card Limitations

@Motorcycle Mama

Thanks for the clarification on the limitations of the purchased maps on SD card.

Not a wise choice for individuals who want a one time update of their maps and are fond of junction views or 3D Buildings & terrain.

I'm sure glad I have the lifetime updates that came with my unit, I wouldn't buy another GPS without that benefit.

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units