How to Clone a Navigation SD Card with Free Tools

The Navigation SD Card is a memory card used in car navigation systems. You may clone Navigation SD Card for data recovery. Learn how to clone it efficiently from this page.


By Lily Updated on December 19, 2023

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About the Navigation SD Card in your car

Navigation SD Cards are used in navigation systems that support SD cards. They are placed in the GPS device to store navigational data such as maps, points of interest and saved routes. The stored data can be read by the system to aid the driver. The cards can either be pre-loaded with navigational data or be loaded manually. You can find Navigation SD Cards in car navigation systems of Ford, Nissan, Mazda, Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, etc.

Navigation SD Card

The necessity of cloning Navigation SD Card

If there is a Navigation SD Card in your car navigation system, you may realize it is necessary to clone Navigation SD Card in following circumstances:

Make a backup of the original SD card so that you can restore the card in case of data corruption or data loss.
Copy the original SD card to a faster SD card, thus making the whole system faster.

To make the backup/copy process smooth, you need a reliable Navigation SD Card duplicator.

How to clone a Navigation SD Card in Windows easily

Here I’m going to introduce two effective tools for Navigation SD Card cloning. Just keep reading to get detailed steps.

Use Mazda Toolbox for Mazda Navigation SD Card copy

Mazda offers its users an application to backup and restore their Navigation SD Cards. Follow the guidance below to use Mazda Toolbox.

1. Connect the SD card to your computer and login Mazda Toolbox with your user account.

2. On the Home screen, click on the Settings button.

3. In the Settings menu, click on the Manage button.

4. In the Manage menu, click on the Backup your device button.

Backup Your Device

5. Enter a name for your backup, so that you can identify it later. Wait for the backup task to be finished.

It seems easy to backup Navigation SD Cards with Mazda Toolbox. However, it only applies to Mazda users and it only supports Windows 10/8/7. What’s more, it requires a minimum display resolution of 1024*768 and 10 GB free space on your hard drive. Is there a superior tool to Mazda Toolbox?

Use a handy freeware to clone Navigation SD Card of all kinds🔥

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free backup software for Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, comes to help.

  • It offers the Disk Clone feature which enables you to copy a Navigation SD Card to another card easily. The cloned card can be used directly without the restoration process.

  • It owns the Disk Backup feature that allows you to create disk image for a Navigation SD Card. You can restore the Navigation SD Card to a normal state from the backup image when problems occur. (It is particularly useful when the navigation system only supports the original SD card.)

  • It supports a variety of Navigation SD Cards. You can use it to clone Mazda/Nissan/Ford Navigation SD Card, etc.

★ How to copy a Navigation SD Card to another SD card via AOMEI Backupper

▶ Two SD card readers (If your computer has one SD card slot, one reader is enough).
▶ A Windows PC.
▶ Navigation SD Card cloning software (free download and install).

Download FreewareWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 1. Connect the Navigation SD Card and the target SD card to your computer and make sure they are detected properly. Run AOMEI Backupper, click “Clone” and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the Navigation SD Card as the source disk and click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the target SD card you have connected to your computer and click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Tick “Sector by sector clone” to make an exact copy of the original SD card. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Note: The destination SD card will be completely overwritten. If there are important data on it, backup files before you start clone.

Start Clone

💛 Extra tip: 

You may find the target SD card shows wrong size after cloning SD card to larger card. To make full use of disk capacity, try the following 2 practical options in Edit Partitions feature (supported by the professional version).

👉 Add unused space to all partitions: It will reallocate the unallocated space to each partition of the target disk, appropriate for the disk size.

👉 Manually adjust partition size: It allows you to extend unallocated space to any partition on the destination disk as you want. 

Add Unused Space

★ How to backup and restore a Navigation SD Card using AOMEI Backupper

1. Connect the Navigation SD Card to your computer. Load AOMEI Backupper, click “Backup” and select “Disk Backup”. You can save the backup image on a local disk, external drive, or USB drive, etc.

Disk Backup

2. When your Navigation SD Card malfunctions, you can restore it by going to “Restore” > “Select Task”/“Select Image File”.

Disk Restore

FAQs about Mazda Navigation SD Card

1. Can I transfer Mazda navigation SD card?

Mazda strongly advises against swapping navigation system SD cards between vehicles for testing purposes. If such a swap occurs, the SD card installed in the other vehicle will become "linked" to the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of that specific vehicle.

2. How do I update my Mazda navigation SD card for free?

You can download Mazda Toolbox from the website and use it to get free map update.

3. How to unlock Mazda navigation SD card?

Just set the lock tab to the “UNLOCKED” position. Please note if the SD card is installed with the tab at the “LOCK” side, the navigation system will not operate.


To clone a Navigation SD Card, you can either use a specific toolkit or a universal backup tool like AOMEI Backupper. Apart from SD cards cloning, you can use AOMEI Backupper as bit copy software and CompactFlash card copier.

To get the best performance of an SSD after cloning, it's suggested to clone NVMe to larger NVMe SSD. Compared with SATA SSD, NVMe SSD has much faster transfer speed. 

To clone disks on any computer, you may use AOMEI Backupper Technician or Technician Plus to create portable version. Don’t hesitate to get this tool!

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.