Clone GPSr

Do you have maps installed on your GPSr that you frequently use with BaseCamp or MapSource? Are some of these maps available only with your GPSr connected? Would you like to have access to all of these maps in BaseCamp or MapSource without having your GPSr connected?

Several methods exist to accomplish these requests, two of which are demonstrated here. These methods do not duplicate any GPSr navigation functionality.




Preparation


PC Only: To ensure all required files and folders are visible and copied correctly, do the following:
  1. Open the 'Start' menu
  2. Select 'Control Panel'
  3. Open 'Folder Options'
  4. Duplicate these settings under the 'View' tab
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Format FlashDrive/µSD Card

  • Prepare a USB FlashDrive/µSD Card for use with Garmin BaseCamp and your Garmin GPSr.
  • This process will permanently erase all data on the USB FlashDrive/µSD Card.
  • Make sure you are formatting the correct drive!
  • For µSD cards > 32GB please refer to this wiki discussion.


1. Connect and locate the host USB FlashDrive/µSD Card in windows explorer
---Removable Disk Icon.png

2. Right Click and Select "Format"
---Removable Disk Select Format.png

3. Choose "FAT32", "Quick Format" and select "Start"
---Removable Disk Format Menu Selections.png

4. After format completion, select "OK"
---Removable Disk Format Complete.png

5. Right Click the FlashDrive/µSD Card and select "Properties"
---Removable Disk Select Properties.png

6. Confirm FAT32 file system and select "OK"
---Removable Disk Empty Properties.png

7. USB FlashDrive/µSD Card preparation is complete.






GPSr Clone

Create an (almost) identical clone of your Garmin GPSr and use it with any host computer. Garmin software applications will not be able to differentiate between this clone and the actual GPSr.


1. Prepare a USB Flash Drive

2. Connect your Montana GPSr via USB and enable Mass Storage Mode

3. Open the root directory of your Montana GPSr
---M650 Root Directory.png

4. Right Click and "Copy" the Garmin directory
---M650 Garmin Directory Right Click Copy.png

5. Open root directory of USB FlashDrive, Right Click and "Paste"
---FlashDrive Empty Paste.png

6. Allow the Garmin directory to be copied completely to the USB FlashDrive
---FlashDrive with Garmin Directory.png

7. Copy any additionally desired maps and files to the appropriate folders in the USB FlashDrive \Garmin\ directory
---FlashDrive Garmin Directory.png

8. Use JaVaWa Device Manager to enable/disable installed map visibility

9. The USB FlashDrive is now ready to use with BaseCamp or MapSource on any computer!

10. Add even more functionality by installing and running your favorite applications directly from the USB FlashDrive!

Enjoy!










Garmin FlashDrive

Transform a USB FlashDrive into a Virtual Garmin GPSr and use it with any host computer


1. Prepare a USB FlashDrive

2. Download FlashDrive.zip
---FlashDrive Folder Zip.png

3. Extract FlashDrive directory from FlashDrive.zip
---FlashDrive Folder.png

4. Open root directory of USB FlashDrive
---Removable Disk Empty Directory.png

5. Copy the contents of the FlashDrive folder to the USB FlashDrive root directory
---Removable Disk Loaded Directory.png

6. Eject, remove and reconnect the USB FlashDrive. This is how it should now appear in windows explorer:
---Garmin FlashDrive Icon.png

7. Copy desired maps and files to the appropriate folders in the Garmin FlashDrive \Garmin\ directory:
---FlashDrive Garmin Directory.png

8. Use JaVaWa Device Manager to enable/disable installed map visibility

9. The Garmin FlashDrive is now ready to use with BaseCamp or MapSource on any computer!

10. Add even more functionality by installing and running your favorite applications directly from the Garmin FlashDrive!

Enjoy!