How to Copy a Garmin Map Data Card

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How to Copy a Garmin Map Data Card
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You can replicate map data from a Garmin map data card to a computer for configuration and modification, utilising the MapSource software application. MapSource is included with the Garmin GPS purchase and can be downloaded or installed via the installation media. Things you can copy include waypoints, routes, tracks and entire map sets. Copying a Garmin data map card can help to create an additional storage space for maps as well as allowing for more space on the data card. Copying a Garmin map data card requires a few steps to set up.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Install MapSource software on your computer with the CD that came with your Garmin GPS or by downloading it (see Resources). Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

  2. 2

    Insert the Garmin map data card onto a computer.

  3. 3

    Launch the MapSource software. Click the "Transfer" tab within the "File" menu and select "Receive."

  4. 4

    Edit the data you wish to receive within the selection dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Select "Receive." The information will be transferred from the Garmin map data card and will be conveyed within the MapSource window. You have now copied a Garmin map data card.

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