- OSM Maps AND Garmin Maps on one SD card?
I have an edge 800 that came with UK maps on an SD card (trail pack or something like that) and I want to add some OSM maps for a trip to Spain. Does anyone know whether I can add the OSM maps to the Garmin SD card? I am concerned that if I corrupt those Garmin maps in any way I won’t be getting them back.Posted 4 years agoCraigWMember
Yes, it should work fine, assuming you have enough free space on the SD card. Just give the OSM map a different filename (but still ending with .img), and copy it to the “Garmin” directory.
Though yes, it would be a good idea to backup your original map first.
Note if you buy Garmin maps on SD card, then they are locked to that card. So they won’t work if you copy them onto another card.Posted 4 years ago
If you buy the maps as a download, then they are locked to your device, so will work on any SD card, but not on another Garmin.Pete68 wrote:
You could just buy a new sd card with osm maps on it. There are some on ebay with all of western Europe on one card. We’ve got one in a 810 and it works well. Then when you go to Spain you could just swap cards over.
Why does it have to be any more complicated than that?Posted 4 years ago
Thanks all. OSM maps are good and now I know about them I wouldn’t pay for the Garmin ones again. But the Garmin maps are just like the OS maps and having paid for them I don’t want to lose them so I’m a little wary especially as I know Garmin can be a right pain in the arse about these things.Posted 4 years ago
Note if you buy Garmin maps on SD card, then they are locked to that card. So they won’t work if you copy them onto another card.
If you buy the maps as a download, then they are locked to your device, so will work on any SD card, but not on another Garmin.
See, this is the thing that annoys me and why I’d not buy them again. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was OS causing the problem rather than Garmin though. OS strike me as very greedy.Posted 4 years ago
Well, I copied them off the supplied SD Card and onto a USB stick that now lives permanently attached to my PC so that I can use Basecamp without plugging the GPS in. I also copied the Garmin City Navigator files off the SD card in my Edge 705 onto the same USB stick and they both work OK. I just select whichever one I want to use in the Basecamp drop-down.Posted 4 years ago
If anyone is interested
Note if you buy Garmin maps on SD card, then they are locked to that card. So they won’t work if you copy them onto another card
is what I have found to be true. You need an additional file with a key that unlocks the maps and whilst I believe someone has created software to generate a code for you my attempts to find it have only led to malware so far.
I’ve resorted to sticking all the OSM maps I want on another SD card as pete68 suggested and crossed Garmin off my Christmas card list. I will just have to swap cards as needed.Posted 4 years ago
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