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Garmin Nuvi 200W SD card Problem

My friends bought a Garmin 200W and a 4 gig SanDisk HC that would not work when we plugged it in to the computer. The folder for the SD card just won't show up on the PC. We assumed that it was the size of the card, that the capacity was to high, so we went out and bought a 1 gig SanDisk SD card. It still didn’t find or open the folder, Is the device broken?

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  • Milton56 Jun 06, 2008

    Just installed a 2GB SD and when trying to download the 2009 navigation it tells me not enough space????  I am assuming, therefore, that it does not recognize the SD Card.

  • Thumper08 Jun 11, 2008

    I've also been trying to download the 2009 Maps upgrade and it is telling me that I don't have enough space (need 32MB). I've just put in a 2GB SD card.

  • Anonymous Jun 19, 2008

    SD CARD NOT WORK IN THE MY GPS

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The problem is that the US 2008NT map takes up about 900MB, the update itself will push that up to 947MB. The Nuvi 200w has an internal memory of 1GB, the Help folder takes about 35MB and the text and speech files for all those other languages that you don't use or understand takes up about 30MB. So if you add all those up you come up with more than 1GB, and the SD card cannot be used for the US mapset (preloaded). It can only be used for additional map sets that you want to add like Europe, Mexico, Australia etc etc. So how do you update? Well you are going to have to decide if you really need all those extra voice and text languages such as Aafrikans, German, Spanish etc etc. If not, get rid of them. Also consider getting rid of the Help Folder since it's actually pretty useless, but I leave that up to you to decide.

Now for 3-belmont-E, your friends and yourself should have realized that the Garmin units read SD, not SD-HC which are different. When you got the 1GB SD card, it should come up as another drive. It will not show up as a folder on the Garmin unit itself, for example....
Your main drive is C: and your CD/DVD is D:, when you plug in the Garmin it becomes E: but if you have an SD card that will become F: so in reality your Garmin device will now be E and F, with F being the SD card. This is of course if the SD reader in the unit did not get damaged by you guys putting in the SD-HC card into it.

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SD Card readers can not be damaged by putting in SDHC cards.

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