View Full Version : How do you put maps on a MicroSD card when unit is low on space?
11-12-2010, 12:35 AM
I have a Nuvi 1300. Well I've cleaned up everything on it I didn't need to make room for map updates like extra help files, voices, vehicles, text, keyboards, jpgs, etc basically I did away with anything that wasn't American English. Anyway, I managed to get above the 400MB mark in space with my unit still working fine. Anyway, before a recent map update I had 421MB of space free and now after the recent map update I'm down to 384MB. I know as time goes on the 384MB is going to start getting lower and lower as I update my maps. I have the Lifetime map update package and want to make use of it. So when I finally get really low on space I was wanting to know what's the easy way to put my entire future maps on a MicroSD Card? The one I do most is CN North America NT All Regions. Well lets say I want to take it off my unit in the future and just put it all on a MicroSD card how could I do that? Or how could I do partial unit and partial Micro SD card? Note I'm only wanting the one map no extras just the CN North America NT All Regions on my unit. What's the easiest way to do this?
11-12-2010, 10:36 PM
Have you been also installing to the PC as well as the unit so you can use the maps in Mapsource?
If so, it's really quite easy. Just select the maps in Mapsource and transfer them to the SD card. The fastest way is to put the card in a card reader on your PC and transfer the maps to it there. W-a-y faster than doing it with the card in the unit.
So, in future, if you don't have enough space on the unit to do the update, you can just select to install the next update on the PC only. Then use Mapsource to transfer them to the SD card to use in the unit.
11-18-2010, 10:38 AM
Ummm what if I'm wanting to use MapInstall instead of using Mapsource? Okay example I try and install CN North America NT All Regions on the internal memory and get an error saying it's full and to select a smaller region. Well I select a smaller region example US & Canada or something along that line then I want to go back and install the rest of the regions basically all of them like I've been doing do I just go into Mapinstall and select all the regions to install to the card? Okay here we go what's the easiest way to take all maps off the internal memory and just put on the MicroSD card? Can I do that? Or can I do partial on the internal memory and the rest on the MicroSD card? Basically, I want CN North America NT All Regions, but what's the easiest way to do get it all on the internet memory and MicroSD card or just all on the MicroSD Card using MapInstall? Mapsource looks more complicated to use the MapInstall and I want to do this the easiest way possible. I mean right now I still have 384MB on my internet memory which before my last update I had 421MB so it dropped 37MB after doing the last update available which was CN North America NT 2011.30, Deluxe All Regions - Limited, Oct 10. After I installe that is when it dropped from 421MB to 384MB.
11-18-2010, 02:39 PM
That should answer most of your questions.
11-22-2010, 09:13 PM
Well the infomation you provided in that forum was quite useful, but it still doesn't really make all that much sense to me. Here's what I would like to do in the future when it comes right down to it. I want to take all the CN North America NT All Regions off my internal memory and put it all on my SD Card whenever I get one. I don't want any maps on my internal memory. And I want it to only show CN North America NT All Regions under the maps info section once like it does now when it is install on the internal memory. Basically if there is a way to just take the entire CN North America NT All Regions map and put it on a SD Card that's what I would want to consider in the future, but I wouldn't know how or where to begin. I mean I've seen the map file which is over 1GB big and it was under I think the system folder on my Nuvi 1300, but is it just the one file and if I moved it to the SD Card would my unit still reconize it? I'm confused what files I would have to take off my unit basically map files to move the entire map to a SD Card? And then in the future when I do a map update of CN North America NT All Regions how to wipe out what's on the SD Card and replace it with the new map.
11-23-2010, 03:47 PM
Well the infomation you provided in that forum was quite useful, but it still doesn't really make all that much sense to me.
In that case, I would suggest that you are better off not to mess with it.
Why do you want to remove the maps from the internal memory? That's the part that's going to cause you grief if you insist on doing it.
It's so simple. If you have Mapsource or MapInstall on your PC and you can look at the City Navigator North America maps with it, then just select the whole works and transfer it to the SD card (if you ever get one). If you have a card reader on the PC, use it rather than transfering through the Nuvi .. it's w-a-y faster.
The file that Mapsource or MapInstall will create on the card is named GMAPSUPP.IMG.
Once it's on the card, just rename the GMAPPROM.IMG file in the internal memory to something like GMAPPROM.xxx so the Nuvi will ignore it and use the one on the SD card.
EDIT: It has been pointed out to me that some devices insist that there be a GMAPPROM.IMG file or they will not work correctly, so the above suggestion might not work and you might have to change the name back or rename your GMAPSUPP.IMG file to GMAPPROM.IMG. Sorry for any confusion.
That's all you have to do. Anything else could cause you problems, especially if you want to do another update in the future. If the updates are already too big for the internal memory, when you do the next update watch for a page that has a button named "Update Options". Click that button and on the options page select the option to "Update Computer Only". Once the new maps are on the computer you can just use MapInstall to install them on the SD card. It will write over the old set that's on the card and you're in business.
11-23-2010, 04:32 PM
Okay lets says I get a 4GB SD Card and want to put all of CN North America NT All Regions on the SD Card and get it to ignore whats on the internal memory and then in the future when doing new updates have it wipe out whats on the SD Card and replace with the new data leaving the internal memory untouched and it still showing only CN North America NT All Regions once in the settings, map, info section of my Nuvi 1300. Basically how do I get all my future CN North America NT All Regions updates to only go on the SD Card and gets whats in the internal memory to be ignore so only whats on the SD Card shows up under settings, map, info on my Nuvi 1300. Make sense? Basically how do I bypass whats on the internal memory and get my system to only reconize whats on the SD Card and it only show one map which would be CN North America NT All Regions whatever under settings, map, info on my Nuvi 1300? Make any sense?
11-23-2010, 04:40 PM
Read the last paragraph of my last post again.
11-24-2010, 07:09 PM
Apparently your not allowed to make your unit ignore whats on your internal memory and according to this you can't remove it either. This is directly from Garmin of course their using Mapsource instead of MapInstall.
Thank you for contacting Garmin International.
I will be happy to assist you with this.
You still have to have part of the map installed on the device.
You can put most of the map on the SD card but part of it will need to be on the device.
When you do a map install.
Please keep an eye out for Install Options.
This will allow you to install part of the map on the device and the entire map on your computer.
After the download has completed you can use MapSource to install the rest of the map to your SD card.
During the map update.
The old map will be deleted.
If you are wanting to clear up some space on your device.
Below is a list of options on what files can be deleted and how to do so.
I have also provided a link on how to use MapSource.
How do I delete Voice files, Text files, Help files, and Vehicle icons from my GPS unit?
You can delete Voice files, Text files, Help files, and Vehicle icons from your automotive Garmin unit to free up some space in the unit's internal memory. To delete Voice files, Text files, Help files, and Vehicle icons from your GPS unit, please follow the steps listed below:
Your automotive GPS will go into Mass Storage Mode when plugged into your computer using the USB connection.
1. Open the My Computer / Computer icon from your Desktop or the Start menu. (Mac users can skip this step.)
2. Right-click on the Garmin drive shown in Devices with Removable Storage. (Mac users can find the Garmin drive mounted on the Desktop.)
3. Click Open
4. Double-click on the Garmin folder (Note: Some units do not require this step.)
5. Double-click on the Voice, Text, Help, or Vehicle folder .
6. Click on the file you would like to delete.
7. Press the Delete key on your computer keyboard. (Mac users need to drag the file to the Trash and then empty the Trash).
8. You may be prompted to confirm that you want to delete the file.
9. Select Yes to confirm.
After deleting some of the Voice, Text, Help, and Vehicle files, you will now have more room available on your automotive GPS unit.
Note: Please keep the files that you will need. For example, if you use the American English voice files, be sure to keep the files that are named American English.
How do I delete Voice files, Text files, Help files, and Vehicle icons from my GPS unit?
How do I use MapSource?
A tutorial of how to use MapSource can be found on the Garmin website.
To view the Garmin MapSource tutorial:
After watching the tutorial you'll be ready to send waypoint, routes , and tracks to your Garmin Device.
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Escalation from KANA On Demand Self Service Subject: I want to know how to put CN Navigator North America NT All Regions on a SD Card and get it off my internal memory totally.
Message: I'm down to 384MB after my last map update of City Navigator North America NT 2011.30, Deluxe All Regions - Limited, Oct 10. What I'm wanting to know is in the future when I get low enough on space that I don't think a map update will fit on internal memory how can I can delete all the map data on my internal memory and put the new map data say City Navigator North America NT 2011.40, Deluxe All Regions - Limited all on a SD Card and it still be recognized by my Nuvi 1300? Basically I want to take all map data off my internal memory in the future and just put it all on a SD Card and all it would be is the City Navigator North America NT 2011.40, Deluxe All Regions - Limited all on a SD Card and it be recognized by my Nuvi 1300 and I have all the internal memory free for other stuff? I basically would like the internal memory to have alot of free space while the map fills up the SD Card instead? Can I do this. What map files would I have to delete off my internal memory and then have my new map data all on a SD Card. This is all new to me and very confusing. I can't even follow the instructions on how to use MapInstall or Mapsource. HELP!!!!!
11-24-2010, 09:38 PM
You got an excellent response. Thank you for sharing that and adding to our knowledge.
11-25-2010, 08:41 AM
Your welcome. Whats interesting though is I've already deleted all the stuff they told me to here before I even got this e-mail telling me what to delete, however, after I did it I've still only got 384MB left after removing everything told to remove here. Maybe they should compressing the map somehow or something so it takes up less space on our units. That's would solve the space issue and the need for a SD Card at least for a while. What I may do is when I get really low on space and think another map update won't fit I may just live with the map update I installed and not do any more after that this way I won't ever have to use a SD Card. I mean my sister has a GPS, but hers is by Magellan and she hasn't done any map updates whatsoever since she bought it back in 2007 I think and it still gets her around just fine so I guess if I had to do the same thing here I would, however, mine would be more to update then hers;-). O I may attempt to use Mapinstall or Mapsource I don't know yet I mean I did pay $120 something for map updates for the life of my device so I don't want those to go to waste. I have many many months though I believe before I have to worry about any of this cause it takes them a while to bring out map updates anyways.
11-25-2010, 10:32 AM
Garmin already compresses the maps so there isn't much to be gained there.
As far as the suggestions for deleting files to make space, there's no magic to be found there. The tech support folks are just trying to help you get as much as will possibly fit in the internal memory of your unit. But they can't help you add more memory. Once it's used up, that's it.
I know it looks complicated for you to use their suggestions to put a little bit of the map on the internal memory and the rest on the SD card, but once you do it one time I think you will find it is not as hard as it sounds. It's always more difficult to describe these procedures in writing than it is to actually do them.
The solutions are there for you to continue to happily take advantage of your lifetime updates and keep your unit always up to date. You just have to forget about it until the time comes and then buy yourself an SD card and be brave enough to try their procedure one time. In the mean time, you are probably just giving yourself an ulcer worrying about it for no reason. ;)
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