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This review is from: Garmin GPSMAP 62ST Handheld GPS Europe (Electronics)I own a GPSmap60csx and have upgraded to GPSmap62st because of the extensive range of compatable full OS 1:50 and 1:25k mapping.At the same time I purchased the Garmin GB Discoverer 1:50k preprogrammed micro SD card, not cheap but you get what you pay for. Follow Garmin's advice and technical help and the unit and mapping are excellent pieces of kit.
Regarding the preprogrammed cards, do not use Mapsource software to download data, as this may overwrite the card so you need to save the data to mass storage in case you need to recover, Garmin can't replace lost or corrupted data on your card. However, you can only recover the data back to the preloaded card and not make free copies on blank cards, (one license only per purchase!),so losing your card would be expensive.I have not used the download from site purchase system which costs the same, so I can't advise which is best ,ask Garmin if in doubt.
The safe operating software for data transfer to the 62 series is Base Camp, this works just fine and will transfer routes and waypoints that you created and saved to PC from the 60 or 62 series.The software uploads the map from the unit when you connect it to the PC via USB. You can then work on tracks, routes and waypoints and transfer back to the unit.
I am confident enough at last but never leave my paper mapping and compass at home just in case of breakdown. I look forward to using this system out on the hills.