Maximum SD Card size for Zumo 550

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by pedalmike, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. ixab

    ixab just Aaron, really

    Oct 31, 2006
    Man, am I an archeologist or what?

    Thought I'd throw this in, since this is nearly the first result of you Google the Zumo 550 SD capacity. If you're on a Mac, or have Cygwin on your Windows computers, you can easily count the number of songs you have on an SD card using terminal

    - Open
    - Put your SD card into your computer
    - Type this: 'ls -l /Volumes
    - look at the output and find the name you've given your SD card
    - Type "find /Volumes/YOUR_SD_CARD_NAME_HERE/music/ -name "*.mp3" | wc -l"

    The output will be the count of mp3 files in the 'music' directory of the SD card.


    Example from my 4GB SD card has 3.6GB of songs on it, mostly 128hz bitrate, the typical bitrate for ripped or purchased songs). Doing "find /Volumes/5504GB2/music/ -name "*.mp3" | wc -l" will output "648". Given that, I think an 8mb is about the max if you're interest is just having room for music. If you're keeping your stash of Jayme Langford photos on your Zumo :evil, just keep in mind you'll max out the 1000 song limit somewhere around 6-7GB.

    For windows it would be something like 'dir /a-d /s /b music | find /c ":" from the command line (once you had used 'cd' to get to the right directory on the SD card). For you Windows users without command line experience, I think using the UI you can get the properties of a folder, and it shows a recursive file count there.


  2. eanth

    eanth Been here awhile

    Oct 5, 2008
    I just put in an 8 gig SDHC card (mini that slides into larger SD converter: $8). I used Garmin MapInstall as Zumo does not play well with Garmin Express. YMMV. Garmin WebUpdater may also work. Insert the card directly into your computer (I use a Mac). Plug the Zumo into the computer via USB. Copy "GarminDevice.xml" from the Garmin folder on the Zumo onto the SD card. Eject the Zumo from the computer. Install the maps you want directly onto the SD card. Eject the SD card from the computer, insert into the Zumo. Done. This worked for me after hours of trying to figure this out. Find all your maps on the Zumo by: push the tool icon>Map>Map Info. Now I have most of North America including Mexico and some of the Caribbean (roughly 3 gigs). A 4 gig card should be sufficient for maps only if you can find one. The rest of NA and Europe should fit on my Zumo now no problem.