How to Back Up a Garmin Nuvi

by Tanya Robertson

To prevent losing important data stored on your Garmin-brand Nuvi GPS receiver, you should periodically back up the data. You should also back up your data before downloading any updates onto your Nuvi. There are two ways to store information on your Nuvi: in the internal memory of the device and in the removable SD card. The preloaded maps and other information that came with the device will be stored in the internal memory. Any maps or other information that you added will be stored in the SD card.

Copying Internal Data

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Connect your Nuvi to your computer via the USB cord.

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Click "Start" on your computer.

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Double-click "My Computer" or "Computer" depending on the version of Windows your PC has.

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Right-click on the Garmin/Nuvi drive.

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Click "Open."

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Left click on the Garmin folder and hold the button down while you drag and drop the folder onto your desktop. This will copy all the internal data stored in your Nuvi. If you'd like to back up only certain things, you can double-click on the Garmin folder, double-click the GPX folder, then drag and drop each specific file you'd like to copy onto your desktop.

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Save the files in a more permanent place. You can save the files elsewhere on your computer, such as in your documents folder, by right-clicking on the files, selecting "Send To," and then clicking "Documents." You could also transfer the files onto an external hard drive by plugging in the hard drive, right-clicking on the files, selecting "Send To," and then clicking on the drive you'd like to send the files to. A third option is to burn them on a CD/DVD by using your computers disk burning software.

Copying SD Card Data

1

Remove the SD card from the Nuvi. Press the card in with your finger until it clicks. The card will then come out approximately 1/4 inch, and you can pull it out the rest of the way.

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Insert the SD card into the designated slot on your computer. The slot will be approximately 1 inch long and labeled "SD." Insert the card into the drive and push in until you hear it click. If your computer doesn't have an SD card slot, you can use an external SD card reader, or multi-card reader, that will use the USB drive on your computer instead. Press the card into the drive until you hear it click, then plug the USB cable into the USB drive on your computer. You can get an external SD card reader at any electronics store; they're typically priced between $5 and $10.

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Click "Start."

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Double-click "My Computer" or "Computer" depending on your version of Windows.

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Right-click the SD removable disk drive.

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Click "Open."

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Left-click on any files you'd like to copy and, while holding down the button, drag and drop them onto your desktop.

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Save the files in a more permanent place. You can save the files elsewhere on your computer, such as in your documents folder, by right-clicking on the files, selecting "Send To," then clicking "Documents." You could also transfer the files onto an external hard drive by plugging in the hard drive, right-clicking on the files, selecting "Send To," then clicking on the drive you'd like to send the files to. A third option is to burn them on a CD/DVD by using your computer's disc-burning software.

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