Garmin Montana 610 SD Card

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by 2whlin, Aug 16, 2017.

  1. 2whlin

    2whlin Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Oddometer:
    351
    So what's the deal with the SD Card on these devices? (Montana 610) I copied some GPX files to the SD Card through Basecamp, and can see that they are there, but how the heck are you supposed to access this card on the device? Like I'm stranded in BFE and my GPX file gets corrupt and I want to grab one off the SD card as a backup. I am not seeing any icon on the device for this SD Card or how to copy a file off it, not hooked up to Basecamp.
    #1
    live2play likes this.
  2. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,087
    Location:
    Minnesota
    You need to copy the files to the folder Garmin\gpx. If you used the Basecamp Send To command, it should have put them there.

    As far as I know you can't do any file manipulations on the Montana itself. It has to be hooked to a computer.

    I always send my tracks, routes and waypoints to Internal Storage using the Basecamp Send To command. The unit (nearly) always sees them and I can access them thru the Montana Track, and Route manager apps.

    If you can get hooked back up to Basecamp, connect the Montana and see if your stuff is on the SD Card.

    Also it seems to be important to properly eject the Montana from a PC. It usually takes a few minutes to actually eject the SD card. If you pulled the cable before it got properly ejected, this could also be why you didn't get the data.
    #2
  3. 2whlin

    2whlin Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Oddometer:
    351
    so. what is the point in having the SD Card? I'm about to take off on an Adventure where computers won't exist. So basically I am screwed if any of my tracks get corrupted on my device while I am on the trail. I was thinking this was like a backup. I could have ALL my tracks stored on SD Card and pull them up when/if needed.
    #3
  4. 2whlin

    2whlin Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Oddometer:
    351
    what is the Montana Track, and Route Manager Apps? Maybe this is what I am needing to manipulate the data off the SD card back unto the Montana?
    I was hoping to have all my tracks/waypoints stored on this SD card and then if somethting were to happen to them on the device I could delete the corrupt file,then just pull the new one off the SD card.
    #4
  5. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,389
    Location:
    Maine
    Have you tried with the GPX files having different names like BkpTrk.GPX? The Montana usually assembles a list of what's available instead of asking the user to specify a directory name.


    If nothing else works and you want backups, perhaps try using different names and just storing them in memory.
    #5
  6. 2whlin

    2whlin Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Oddometer:
    351
    The device puts ALL the tracks in one location. There is no way that I know of, to set up folders so to speak on the device. You select the Track Manager Icon and it opens up to where ALL the tracks are located. Similar for Routes and Waypoints. You can Search and Sort within that location and that's it. I see what your saying, to just create backups of Tracks using different name. I'm really curious why the hell they even put an SD Card slot on the device if you can't even access the SD Card on the device.
    #6
  7. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,087
    Location:
    Minnesota
    I use the SD card to store all my maps. I have several GB worth that wouldn't fit in Internal Storage. So I definitely have a use for the card. I think lots of others use it similarly.

    It is true that you can't do any file management on the Montana. You have to have to hooked to a computer to move, copy, and delete files.

    I think you can have tracks stored on both the Internal Storage and SD card. I think if they are stored in the Garmin\gpx folder the Montana operating system will show them in the track manager. The tracks can be spread over many files and the system collects information about them so you can see it in the Track Manager window. Same for waypoints. I have dozens of gpx files in Internal Storage\Garmin\ gpx that were put there by Basecamp over the years.

    I don't know what happens when the tracks or waypoints have the same name.

    Sounds like you are having a hard time getting this straight in your head. It is a hard learning process. Keep at it. It all works fine, at least for me.
    #7
  8. 2whlin

    2whlin Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Oddometer:
    351
    will continue to play..
    #8
  9. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,389
    Location:
    Maine
    I also use uSD cards for maps. Maps are the memory hogs.
    #9