Maximum SD Card size for Zumo 550

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  1. pedalmike

    pedalmike Horizontally Opposed

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    Before I bought a SD Card for my Zumo, I thought I'd ask Garmin what is the largest capacity card the Zumo can handle. The owner's manual does not address this.

    Excerpt from Garmin tech email reply to me today:

    "The largest SD card that this unit will hold is a 2 GB card. Currently, the only unit that holds up to a 4 GB card is the Nuvi 660.
    Should you have further questions please contact Garmin Product Support by replying to this email or contact our Consumer Support Line at 800-800-1020 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm CST.
    Chris Malcolm
    Automotive Support Specialist
    Garmin International
    1200 E. 151st Street
    Olathe, Ks 66062
    Phone 800-800-1020
    Fax 913-440-5488
    www.garmin.com"
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  2. WoodButcher

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    On http://razorbiker.com/zumo/ there are some people that have found 4gb cards that work. It does not support the SDHC cards. The HC is slightly different and most 4gb cards and all 8gb and larger cards will use it. So if the card is 4gb and not HC then it might work. Stick with the better name brands and you have a higher chance of success.
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  3. Creech

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    I bought a generic 4 gig SD card from Fry's and have no problems with it, other than the MP3 player has a 500 song limit in Play All mode...

    -Creech
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  4. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    I called Garmin on this too. They first said 4gb, but then he checked again and said 2gb.

    I was particularly interested in the Sandisk Ultra II, and he said that would work as well, and may be faster for maps or pictures, but no better for music.

    Personally , I'd be real surprized if 4gb weren't allright as the Zumo is based on the Nuvi.
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  5. pixellman

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    SanDisk extreme III 4 GB working perfect on my zumo 550
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  6. Lucky_Devil

    Lucky_Devil Master Lurker

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    Using a 8GB A-Data Super SDHC 2.0 card here... with ZERO problems.
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  7. PotatoHead

    PotatoHead It's only potato...

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    I'm using an 8GB card also, with no problems...
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  8. walrond

    walrond Earth Wanderer

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    With one of the past Zumo software uploads the Zumo was able to use the SDHC cards. I currently have a 4GB SDHC that I use with no problem. The card reader on my computer does not work with a 4GB card, but since the computer sees the Zumo as another drive, I just leave the SDHC card in the Zumo and upload to it that way. It's just really slow doing it that way.
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  9. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    The larger cards seem to be working. Will the zumo access the whole capacity, or just the first 2gb?
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  10. walrond

    walrond Earth Wanderer

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    The whole capacity is available.
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  11. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Its fully SDHC compatiable so long as your firmware isn't super old (I think then went to SDHC last june or thereabouts). I have an 8gb in mine with no issues:)
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  12. cheff

    cheff Been here awhile

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    I just got a 8GB card and it is working just fine. :D
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  13. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    I run the 4 gig from these guys..............it is fast!

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  14. dwoodward

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    So yesterday, I went out to pick up an 8GB card for my Zumo 550, and right next to it was a 16GB card, first one I've seen that large. Hmm, thinks I... and I walked out the door with the 8GB.

    Anyone have/tried a 16GB card? That'd get fit all my road music, even the "why do I have this crap?" tracks. :deal
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  15. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    Considering the Zumo is limited to 1000 songs, what's the point of using a 16 gig card? Even at a high bitrate, how much space does 1000 songs take up? I ripped my entire cd collection at 128k (I don't need the music cd quality on the bike) and it takes up all of 10 gigs.
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  16. BigX

    BigX n00b - Yeah, right

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  17. ok.computer

    ok.computer n00b

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    SanDisk 8 GIG SDHC working fine with mine.
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  18. Punditbywords

    Punditbywords n00b apprentice

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    Out of curiosity, I bought a 16GB SD card and slapped it in my Zumo 550. At first the unit would not read the card. I reduced the number of songs on the card to below 1,000 and it works just fine.

    Note: I had to power down the Zumo and then turn it back on before it would recognized the SD card.

    Final note: Garmin states that the Zumo has a 1,000 song Playlist limit. I originally thought that I could have multiple Playlists on a single SD card -- with no more than 1,000 songs in each Playlist. In fact, what Garmin should have said is that the Zumo has a 1,000 song Library limit.

    NB: Based on what I've found, I'd have to agree with JSTCRASHNTHRU -- there's not much reason to get an SD card bigger than 8 GB because, even at the highest bit rates, 1,000 songs is only going to need ~ 6-8GB.
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  19. GS Addict

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  20. ECM

    ECM Been here awhile

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    Very true, unless you also want to add some additional maps (500 models) and/or topo maps, together with your juke box.

    (Taking 2 cards with you works just fine as well ;-)
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