Min/max memory card ramifications

 

All my Garmins have a maximum memory card capacity of 32 GB. That said, at present, there is no shortage of 32 GB cards, but anything smaller is getting to be scarce. It seems as though the marketplace may be drive by the need for ever increasing capacity due to smartphones and dedicated cameras (Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc.). 1 TB microSD cards exist!

Are relatively recent Garmins, like say a nuvi 2689, upgradeable via firmware to handle a 64 GB card, or should we have a spare or two while small cards exist?

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John from PA

Well

Larger cards can be used but they aren't by default formatted as FAT32 as required. So it's just a question of reformatting them if needed.

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

Please elaborate...

sussamb wrote:

Larger cards can be used but they aren't by default formatted as FAT32 as required. So it's just a question of reformatting them if needed.

I'm a bit confused by your comment. Are you saying that a card, say 64 GB can be used, but I need to force format it externally to FAT32?

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John from PA

Yep

Yes

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

Good info

sussamb wrote:

Larger cards can be used but they aren't by default formatted as FAT32 as required. So it's just a question of reformatting them if needed.

That is good to know!
Thx

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Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

yep

I've done that and it works.

One note to the above. Cell phones are beginning to NOT have a slot for any kind of external memory card. My current phones do NOT have cards, they have 128GB internal memory, which is plenty for me. The problem is that if you have to do a factory reset you loose everthing, whereas before if you put your pictures, audio, etc., on the card it was still there after the reset.

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

Good point, only 5 gb is free for icloud

KenSny wrote:

I've done that and it works.

One note to the above. Cell phones are beginning to NOT have a slot for any kind of external memory card. My current phones do NOT have cards, they have 128GB internal memory, which is plenty for me. The problem is that if you have to do a factory reset you loose everthing, whereas before if you put your pictures, audio, etc., on the card it was still there after the reset.

All driven by money. In 2019 I transferred a ton of music to an iPad Air 2 for a trip to Europe. It worked fine, for the trip. A month or two later the music was gone after an iPad OS updateI was told I have to pay for some subscription to listen to music on an iPad. A few weeks ago I bought a CD off Amazon. Although I’m told I can rip it to a device, with the iPad I have to buy a service.

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John from PA

Music

I have a 3rd party program with which l can transfer music and photos to my iCrap and Apple doesn’t know it’s on there. Have survived multiple OS updates.

Sorry I’m away from home so cannot give the name of the program. But maybe a search on Google will find something.
Buena suerte (Good luck)

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Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

Perhaps EaseUS MobiMover

Melaqueman wrote:

I have a 3rd party program with which l can transfer music and photos to my iCrap and Apple doesn’t know it’s on there. Have survived multiple OS updates.

Sorry I’m away from home so cannot give the name of the program. But maybe a search on Google will find something.
Buena suerte (Good luck)

Maybe EaseUS MobiMover (Free)? https://www.easeus.com/phone-transfer/mobimover-free.html

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John from PA

Agreed

Agreed

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A 2689LMT in both our cars that we love... and a Nuvi 660 with Lifetime Maps that we have had literally forever.... And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that is totally ignored!