Copying Garmin Topo Maps

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by renogeorge, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. renogeorge

    renogeorge Long timer

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    I have the Garmin 24K Topo maps on disc. Can I legally make copies of these discs for my own use? For the record-- I have NEVER cut the labels off of mattresses and I don't want the FBI after me for doing something illegal with Garmin's high priced, but not lockable, Topo maps

    If it's legal, HOW?.
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  2. WoodButcher

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    I believe the 24k maps use the same unlock code system as the City Navigator maps. So if that is the case, make as many copies as you want because the cd/dvd isn't unique, but the unlock code is.
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    Garmin 24K topo maps are not locked to a particular device.

    According to GPStracklog.com (HERE) the Garmin 24K topo maps in DVD and uSD formats are not locked and can be used on multiple devices:

    "Garmin recently finished rolling out their new TOPO US 24K map sets. They are available as downloads and on micro-SD cards, with larger regions available on DVD. All three formats can be purchased directly from Garmin as well as various retailers. The new product offers several advantages including routable trails and detailed highway coverage, and the DVD and micro-SD formats are not locked to a single device, so you can still use them if you buy a new unit."

    FWIW, gpscity.com says the same thing...
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  4. renogeorge

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    OK. I already have the Topo disc and it appears to be legal to make a copy as a backup. In trying to copy the North Central Topo, I am running into a problem with the file being too large for a single DVD. This is probably my general lack of computer knowledge as opposed to a GPS issue. But how do I get the backup copy made? Compress? Multiple DVDs?

    I tried compressing the Garmin files but the compressed file was merged in with the un compressed and I couldn't isolate it and burn to disc When I try to burn to a blank DVD, I get a message that the file is too big for the DVD. I never get an option to use a second disc.

    I am using a PC running Windows 7, if that makes any difference.

    Thanks for all the help!!!
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  5. 250senuf

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    Buy some double layer DVDs (8.5 gb) as long as your burner is capable of using them. I don't know about being able to spread the data over multiple DVDs.
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  6. WoodButcher

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    Thanks for checking that out. I knew the sd version wasn't locked since that's what I have.
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    I cut the labels off mattresses and I always make backup copies of those expensive discs I get from Garmin in case something goes wrong with the original.
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  8. huero

    huero Been here awhile

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    I realize that I am reserecting an old thread. However, I was was hoping you guys could enlighten me. Currently, I own the zumo 665, the rino 655 and a Montana.

    My question, too, is about the 24k topo map. If I purchase the topo map on a carmin sd card, can I make a copy of the sd card to use in my other devices? Like the OP, I don't want to mess doing something that's not on the up and up. However, I certainly don't want buy the 24k topo map more than once.

    I doubt I really need the 24k in the zumo cause I typically use it on pretty established roads. But, the Montana and rino I use for sledding and off-roading.

    Thank fellas,
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  9. renogeorge

    renogeorge Long timer

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    I don't know about the SD cards. I have several of the 24K Topos on DVD. I can copy and share these between my home computers and GPS units.

    FWIW
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  10. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    If Garmin doesn't ask you for your gps unit ID number, or if you don't have to connect your gps to a computer to download the file, then they won't be issuing you an unlock code that would be written into the file. That means that the SD card could probably be used in any compatible gps, as the image would be an unlocked version. Don't know if it's legal or not to copy the card...........
    I prefer to have the DVD version of any map, and loaded to my computer. So much easier to plan on a desktop screen, and also easy to share between gps units.


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