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The vendor you bought it from is the first place you should look. If for whatever reason Garmin shows the id of this specific device as only having a limited mapset, then that will only be problematic for future updates. So you need to ensure the vendor sold you what you bought.
Let friends and other acquaintances know that you are looking for one. One might just give it to you. You never know.There must be something that will fit my meager requirements... Any ideas?
Probably quite a few of them have older gps's that they don't use any more because they wanted the latest and greatest.
Otherwise I think you will be in the $100 US range plus or minus $20. Even on ebay you can't get a good deal. People bid used cycling gps's up to almost retail price. I know, I've been trying to nab one for my Son.
I think you can safely delete all of them. However I'd actually create a folder on my computer's HD and copy the entire contents of the SD folder and all, before I deleted them just in case.
Again, that's not a Garmin map SD card, is it? Don't delete anything till you've heard from other's here. I've no experience with the preloaded map cards. I know there are special licensing issues and other things to consider.
SD cards are pretty cheap. I'd just get a 16GB class 4 or better card. I have had trouble with brands though. I bought a PNY 4GB class 4 that wouldn't wouldn't work in my nuvi205w, but a sandisk 16GB class 4 is recognized. The PNY card does work in other devices.
Your current SD card doesn't contain a preloaded map from Garmin does it?
If you only view them as assistants that might make a mistake occasionally, then they might be helpful.
At least if it gets you into the same situation again, you can direct your anger to it. Misplaced though it is. <<grin>>
Here is a link to Garmin's comparison of the two.....
I don't use these types of gps's. So I can't really tell you much from experience. However I've seen posts here and elsewhere. I think the praise outweighs the cursing. But realize that map data which this device depends on may be inaccurate in some areas.