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Clone (noun) "one that appears to be a copy of an original form"
Clone (verb) "to make a copy of"
Navigation (noun) "the science of getting ships, aircraft or spacecraft from place to place"

Source: Merriam-Webster English Language Dictionary


The following is a step by step process that you can follow to create a functional backup copy of your OEM Navigation SD card that can be used in your vehicle, thus allowing you to put your original in a safe place. That way if anything ever happens to the the copy you have produced, you can easily create another replacement. These instructions are provided as is and at the discretion and risk of the reader to utilize if they choose to do so. The author of the instructions neither provides nor implies any warranty and accepts no liability for their use.

First, I'll give you the basic syntax for those of you that have more desktop experience. Then I'll follow that with detailed instructions for those that don't do this sort of thing very often.

Short version:

Lock your OEM SD card and insert it in your computer. Insert your new blank SD card in the computer. In Windows Explorer, confirm the drive letter assigned to each SD card. Format the blank SD card as FAT32, and leave the volume name blank (the OEM SD card doesn't have a name either). As a safety consideration, even if my blank SD shows up as already formatted to FAT32, I do it again, and I don't use the quick format option. That allows the card to be thoroughly tested and any potential bad sectors excluded. For the sake of this example, let's assume your OEM SD card mapped to Drive E: and your blank SD card mapped to Drive F. Open a CMD window and type the following (I'm using a red lower case s to denote where spaces need to be placed between the parameters):

XCOPYse:sf:s/Es/Vs/Gs/Hs/K

When the XCOPY process has completed, eject both cards and close your CMD and Windows Explorer windows. Remember to unlock the OEM SD card, and then tuck it away in safe place. You can then install the XCOPY you just created in your vehicle.

NB: If you can only access on SD card at a time, you can perform the XCOPY to your local hard drive, and do a second XCOPY to move the content from your hard drive to the new blank SD card.

Long Versions (two variations, one for those with two availableSD reading slots and a second for those with only one slot available):


Assumptions:

  • You have a VIN locked OEM navigation card for your vehicle
    • VIN locked means you have purchased and installed an OEM navigation SD card in your vehicle, and driven the car more than 60 miles / 100 km since you installed the card.
  • You have access to a Windows PC with has either an SD card reader slot, or a USB attached SD card reader device
    • Instructions will be provided on how to perform the process on a machine that has only one available SD reader slot, and for those with two available SD slots
  • You have purchased a blank Class 10 SD card in either 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB size
    • These are readily available through online resellers like Amazon, or places like WalMart, or pretty much any electronics shop that sells items like USB sticks
  • You know how to use Windows Explorer, and how to identify drive letters that your SD cards will be assigned when it is inserted in your computer for use

Process Option A: (two SD reading slots available):
  1. Remove the VIN locked SD Navigation card from your car
    1. If you're unsure how to do this, refer to your owner's manual
  2. Slide the tab on the side of the SD card to the "locked" position
    1. This will prevent you from accidentally overwriting or damaging the contents of your OEM navigation card
  3. Insert your newly purchased empty SD card into your computer
    1. If your computer has a built in SD card reader, just insert the empty SD card into that slot, or,
    2. If your computer doesn ot have a built in card reader, connect your USB card reader into one of your USB ports on your computer, and insert your blank SD card in that reader
  4. By now, a Windows Explorer window should have popped up, but if not, just open Windows Explorer
    1. Scroll down, and expand the item called "computer", and note the Drive letters that have been assigned to your OEM sd card and your empty SD card
    2. For the sake of this example, assume the OEM SD card was assigned to Drive E: and the empty SD card has been assigned to Drive F:
      1. If your drvies have been assigned different letters than E: and F:, use the letters that were assigned on your computer instead
    3. Format the empty SD card to FAT32
      1. Right click on Drive F: (your empty SD card)
      2. Click on the "format" option
      3. In the requstor window that pops up, leave the volume name empty
      4. Make sure FAT32 is selected as the File System type
      5. DO NOT select fast format
      6. Accept the options and allow the card to be formatted
      7. Once complete, you can move to the next step
  5. Click on the "round Windows icon" on the very bottom left of your screen, and in the "start search" area, type CMD... you'll notice a command called CMD appear at the top of the results list. Left click on that command icon.
    1. A DOS Command (CMD) windows will now open on your screen... typically black with white lettering inside
    2. In that CMD window, type the following exactly as shown here (I'm using a red lower case s to denote where spaces need to be placed between the parameters... don't type an "s", hit the spacebar to insert a space in that location):

      XCOPYse:sf:s/Es/Vs/Gs/Hs/K

      When the XCOPY process has completed, you can close your CMD and Windows Explorer windows.

    3. In the very bottom right of your computer screen (the system tray area, with all the small icons), you'll see one that shows USB attachments.
      1. Left click on that icon, and your USB/SD card will be listed.
      2. Click on each one to eject them
      3. The computer will pop up a message saying it's now safe to remove that drive (SD card)... do so
      4. Repeat for the second SD card
  6. Remember to unlock the OEM SD card, and then tuck it away in safe place. You can then install the XCOPY you just created in your vehicle.
  7. You're done!

Process Option B: (only one SD reading slot available, will use computer hard drive as transfer drive):
  1. Remove the VIN locked SD Navigation card from your car
    1. If you're unsure how to do this, refer to your owner's manual
  2. Slide the tab on the side of the SD card to the "locked" position
    1. This will prevent you from accidentally overwriting or damaging the contents of your OEM navigation card
  3. Insert your OEM nav SD card into your computer
    1. If your computer has a built in SD card reader, just insert the empty SD card into that slot, or,
    2. If your computer doesn't have a built in card reader, connect your USB card reader into one of your USB ports on your computer, and insert your blank SD card in that reader
  4. By now, a Windows Explorer window should have popped up, but if not, just open Windows Explorer
    1. Scroll down, and expand the item called "computer", and note the Drive letter that has been assigned to your OEM sd card
    2. For the sake of this example, assume the OEM SD card was assigned to Drive E:
      1. If your OEM SD card is assigned to a different letter than E, use that letter instead when following the instructions and syntax example below
  5. Create a folder on your C: drive called "OEMSDCARD". All one word, no spaces. It should show up as c:/OEMSDCARD
    1. This is where we will copy the content from your OEM card so we can later transfer it to your new, empty SD card
  6. Click on the "round Windows icon" on the very bottom left of your screen, and in the "start search" area, type CMD... you'll notice a command called CMD appear at the top of the results list. Left click on that command icon.
    1. A DOS Command (CMD) windows will now open on your screen... typically black with white lettering inside
    2. In that CMD window, type the following exactly as shown here, and then press your "enter" key to execute the command (I'm using a red lower case s to denote where spaces need to be placed between the parameters... don't type an "s", hit the spacebar to insert a space in that location):

      XCOPYse:sc:\OEMSDCARD:s/Es/Vs/Gs/Hs/K

      When the XCOPY process has completed, eject the OEM SD card and remember to unlock the tab on the side of it. Tuck it away in a safe place.
    3. Leave the CMD window open, as we'll use it again in a few moments
  7. In the very bottom right of your computer screen (the system tray area, with all the small icons), you'll see one that shows USB attachments.
    1. Left click on that icon, and your USB/SD OEM SD card will be listed.
    2. Click on it to eject them
    3. The computer will pop up a message saying it's now safe to remove that drive (SD card)... do so
  8. Now we'll prepare the empty SD card. Insert your new, empty SD card into your computer
    1. If your computer has a built in SD card reader, just insert the empty SD card into that slot, or,
    2. If your computer doesn't have a built in card reader, connect your USB card reader into one of your USB ports on your computer, and insert your blank SD card in that reader
  9. By now, a Windows Explorer window should have popped up, but if not, just open Windows Explorer
    1. Scroll down, and expand the item called "computer", and note the Drive letter that has been assigned to your empty SD card
    2. For the sake of this example, assume the empty SD card was assigned to Drive F:
      1. If your OEM SD card is assigned to a different letter than E, use that letter instead when following the instructions and syntax example below
    3. Format the empty SD card to FAT32
      1. Right click on Drive F: (your empty SD card)
      2. Click on the "format" option
      3. In the requstor window that pops up, leave the volume name empty
      4. Make sure FAT32 is selected as the File System type
      5. DO NOT select fast format
      6. Accept the options and allow the card to be formatted
      7. Once complete, you can move to the next step where we'll copy the content from your C:/OEMSDCARD folder to the freshly formatted emtpy SD card
    4. Go back to your CMD window that you left open from step 6.3 above
    5. In that CMD window, type the following exactly as shown here, and then press your "enter" key to execute the command (I'm using a red lower case s to denote where spaces need to be placed between the parameters... don't type an "s", hit the spacebar to insert a space in that location):

      XCOPYsc:\OEMSDCARDsf:s/Es/Vs/Gs/Hs/K

      When the XCOPY process has completed, eject the new SD card
    6. In the very bottom right of your computer screen (the system tray area, with all the small icons), you'll see one that shows USB attachments.
      1. Left click on that icon, and your new USB/SD card will be listed.
      2. Click on it to eject it
      3. The computer will pop up a message saying it's now safe to remove that drive (SD card)... do so
  10. You can now delete the folder c:\oemsdcard and all of it's contents. It is only needed as a temporary transfer location and now that your new SD nav card has been created, this temporary file storage is no longer required.
  11. Take the new card out to your vehicle and insert it for use
  12. You're done!
 

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That's brilliant!
Thank you so much for posting.
 
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Copied to a 32gb card for future expansion space. Your instructions were perfect. Thank you for taking the time to post.
 

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I only have one slot for a card. Any work arounds.
Yes, it's in the instructions. :)
There are two versions of the process, one for folks with two slots (process Option A), and another for folks with one (process Option B). Read further down till you see Option B.... that's what you're looking for.
 

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Can you do this process if you have not vin locked the card yet?
Well, you could, but it would be pointless, as you'd have to repeat the process a second time whenever you get around to updating the content via the NaviExtras portal and their desktop app. So just wait til you have driven the amount of distance to VIN lock the card in your vehicle, and clone it at that point.
 
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