How do I copy saved locations from an old GPS to a new one? Will doing so overwrite the locations I've already saved to the new one?
I wondered the same thing. I recently bought a nuvi65 to replace my older nuvi1490. When I went online to Garmin to add the nuvi65 to my account, during the process it sent me to a web page to transfer everything over to the new GPS. I had only a couple of locations on the new GPS and they were not overwritten.
Wish I could be more specific, but I was in a hurry at the time and didn't take notes.
There are several ways to copy favorites (waypoints) from one GPSr to another by manipulating files with your computer but I prefer to use Garmin’s Basecamp. I keep my waypoints in files relating to specific trips I plan to take. I also have a file of those which I keep on my GPS at all times. I then load the appropriate files before travelling.
I find navigation is easier using a GPS with just the necessary waypoints loaded instead of encumbering it with every one (many thousand) that I’ve created.
Simply upload your favorites from the old GPSr into Basecamp and create a file. You can then make changes to the file by adding or deleting any you wish before downloading to the new GPSr.
On some older GPSr’s, my 1490 for example, the existing waypoint file is not overwritten by Basecamp and is merged with the new file. Duplicates can be created unless care is used to edit the new file. In my case, I just delete all waypoints from the unit before downloading the new file.
Waypoint files (favorites) are automatically overwritten by Basecamp on many newer GPS units. I don’t know when Garmin made this change or what GPS units are affected. Older versions of Basecamp may also affect how files are handled. In any case, it’s always a good idea to first BACK UP your files and try an experiment to see if files are merged or overwritten by Basecamp on your GPSr.
I’m by no means an expert in manipulating GPS files. I prefer to let Basecamp do the work for me. I realize Basecamp has a fairly steep learning curve but I found it well worth the effort. There are members here who are well versed in this process however. Perhaps someone can offer a better / simpler answer to your question without using Basecamp.
You can try this for favorites http://www.poi-factory.com/node/36164
Assuming that you can connect the old GPS to your computer, then what you need to do to is copy "current.gpx" from the GPX Folder on the old device to your computer. Safely disconnect the old device.
Then, rename this "current.gpx" file to something like "myoldsaved.gpx" and copy this file from the computer to the new device - placing it into the GPX Folder. At this point, this folder should have two files
Now, when you safely disconnect your new device from your computer and fire it up, you will find that ALL of the Saved Locations from the old device will have been added to ALL of the Saved Places on the new device.
If there are duplicates, then edit Saved Places and delete one of them.
The point is that Garmins take entries in any .gpx file they find (anywhere) on the device and add them to Saved Places (with the proviso that once the device has extracted locations from a .gpx file, it will not do so the next time the device is fired up so long as the name and the timestamp of such .gpx file remains the same.
However, best practice would say that you should reattach the new device to your computer and delete "myoldsaved.gpx" to eliminate any potential problems.
Garmin Express will let you backup and install them on another unit I think.
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