Moving installed Garmin Map from C: drive to another drive/partition

 

I partition my HDD and try yo have as few programs or large files on my Operating Drive C:{ to make the computer a little faster rather than having to search through useless stuff. Since Garmins Maps take up well over 4.4 GB for the full NA map I like to have it on my second partition or secondary HDD. This could also be useful if your C: drive is getting full.

Here are instructions to move it from your C: drive to your secondary drive maybe the D: drive. By doing it this way BaseCamp and MapSource will find the location.

The maps are probably in C:[ProgramData]Garmin. You'll want to make the same folder on the D: drive.

YOUR FILES MAY BE LOCATED ELSEWHERE!!! I found on one of my computers the ProgramData folder was hidden. I had to unhide it using Windows Explorer.

Instructions, INCLUDE the % marks !

Moving Installed Garmin Maps to another Location on a Windows Computer
Installing maps to the computer will allow them to be viewed in BaseCamp and other applications. In some circumstances, it is beneficial to relocate the map data to save space on the system drive.
To move the map files to an alternate location:
Windows:
Press the Windows key + R
Type %programdata% and press Enter
Open the Garmin folder
Open the Maps folder
Right-click the desired map to move
Click Cut
Browse to the desired alternate location
Right-click a blank area in the directory
Click Paste
Browse back to the Maps folder on the C: drive (%programdata%GarminMaps)
Right-click a blank area in the directory
Select New
Select Shortcut
Click Browse and browse to the location of the relocated map
Click Next
Click Finish
Start BaseCamp or MapSource to view the maps. The maps will be loaded from the alternate location.

The maps in CoreServiceDownloads, they can be safely deleted, the files are downloaded initially to create the files etc that BaseCamp and your device uses, once that's done you can remove them.
This may save more HDD space.

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Wouldn't it be

Wouldn't it be simpler/quicker/more efficient to just make a symbolic link from the original folder to where-ever you put them.

Either include the full path in source or change to the folder itself before executing.

mklink /d "source" "destination"

example: map folder cache to

mklink /d "cache" "s:/temp/chrome/cache"

My drive S is a ramdisk where all the browser garbage is mapped to.

Note, the forward slashes should be backslashes... Forum doesn't like back slashes.

JaVaWa

Download JaVaWa's GMTK program, it will do all this for you with a few clicks.

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Where there's a will ... there's a way ... DriveSmart50LMT-D, Nuvi 2508LMT-D, 1490LMT, 1310, Montana 650T, Etrex 20

Thx

Thanks sussamb, but I prefer to not have to install a program for such a simple thing which has worked for me several times flawlessly.

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Fair enough

It was aimed more at those who want to do it but not necessarily follow all your steps. GMTK is a great utility for anyone with a Garmin device, and does much more than simply move maps. JaVaWa's device manager is another. I've used them for years and wouldn't be without them smile

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Where there's a will ... there's a way ... DriveSmart50LMT-D, Nuvi 2508LMT-D, 1490LMT, 1310, Montana 650T, Etrex 20

GMTK & JaVaWa

Never heard of these. I will definately research this. Thx.

Worth bookmarking at least

A pretty interesting web site, lots of interesting tidbits https://www.javawa.nl/gmtk_en.html

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Lives in Edmonton AB A volunteer driver for Drive Happiness.ca and now (since June 20 2021) uses a DS65 to find his clients.