Can I load maps directly to an SD card during a map update?

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02/13/2014

The latest version of Garmin Express provides the ability to install a map update directly to an SD card.

The SD card installation option will only appear when updating a compatible device that does not have sufficient internal memory for the largest allowable map region. When using the SD card installation option, critical files are loaded to the SD card so it must remain in the device after the update to ensure full functionality. For the largest size SD card a device can use, refer to: What is the largest size Secure Digital (SD) card that an automotive device can accept?

The SD card support during the map update will only function with up-to-date software. It may be necessary to update the device's software with Garmin Express prior to updating the maps.

These devices do not support the SD card option:

  • nuvi 295
  • nuvi 300 series
  • nuvi 500 series
  • nuvi 600 series
  • nuvi 800 series
  • nuvi 805 series
  • nuvi 5000
  • StreetPilot series
  • zumo 450
  • zumo 550
  • zumo 660
  • zumo 665
  • Nissan 700 series

For devices that do not support using the SD card with the map update applications, any maps that do not fit in the internal memory can be installed to the SD card manually, using these instructions:

What do I do if my device doesn't support the SD card feature during the Garmin Express map update?

Referenced Links:

Garmin Express:
http://www.garmin.com/express

What is the largest size Secure Digital (SD) card that an automotive device can accept?
http://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={18331ce0-4af6-11e3-f27b-000000000000}

What do I do if my device doesn't support the SD card feature during the Garmin Express map update? https://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/case.faces?caseId={a209e880-9319-11e2-65d0-000000000000}

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