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i just bought a 2015 focus. it has navigation installed but didnt have the sd card with it. ive just bought the f5 europe navigation sd card. when i insert it a message comes up "sd card not valid." ive checked the navigation version in the car is f3. ive been trying to look for an update but cant find them anywhere only on the usa site were you need a vin number to register. anyone know where you can get an update that will get me the f5 navigation?

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It may be a hooky card.
The nav card has a file on it that is created from the cards inbuilt serial number, if the file is incorrect then the system will reject it.
F3 is the current sync version and nothing to do with nav software.
Whete did you get the card from?

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I'll lay bets it's a fake nav card.
As stated before- the sync version has no effect on the navigation system, they are seperate software.
You need an original nav card (or at least a copy that isn't junk).

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Thanks for the info. I've sent the card back for refund. So if I buy another f5 if it's genuine it will work on my car even if it's f3 version installed in the car.

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Personally I would not buy a F5 SD-card. The F5 SD-card contains 2013 map material which is extremely outdated. The new F6 SD-card that was recently released contains 2016 map material.

The SYNC 2 SD-cards can easily be copied. Both the F5 and F6 files can be downloaded from several websites. You only have to search for it. 

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Thanks. Another thing is since I did the sync update I can't seem to find any info on the navigation version on my car only the software license info. I'm thinkin it's been deleted or something?

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To create a copy of a nav card you need a decent quality 32gb micro SD card with standard SD adaptor, a free program called SD Booster and an Android phone or pad with a micro SD port.

This enables you to read the SD cards unique serial number which is needed in order to create a file on the card once the nav mapping software has been applied to it.

I can't recall off the top of my head what software it is that you need to create the modified serial number file but it is this that your nav system reads in order to verify the SD card and allow the system to run.

The software gives 3 different files, one of which will work (but no way of knowing which) so it's a case of trial and error (swapping the files until one of the three files is accepted) which is why there are usually problems in buying hooky cards off ebay.

I'm currently in Cyprus but if you P/M me a reminder on Monday night I'll dig up all the software and info you need and wang it onto a dropbox link for you.

The file will be big as the nav data alone is about 30gb so will take a while to transfer.

It will work just fine as I used the process to make a back up card for myself in case my original one goes wonky.

Sandisk Ultra cards seem best suited and are only about £12 off amazon.

 

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  • 2 months later...

Stoney871 is there any chance you can send me the above software as I am try do do a version  of the SD card for my ford focus 2015 I have done my sat nav in the car but is having trouble in copying the SD card (F5).Many thxs in advance

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  • 7 months later...

F6 link .Trying to download the Via Michelin folder in the Data folder but says to large a zip file. It would take ages to download all the photos separately. In f5 card its about 145 mb so not to large a file. would you be able to zip this folder up and supply a link.Have tried running this without the files on and will not start up in car just says loading and sit at that Thanks for all your help Pat

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I've been trying to get this to work for the last week.

In answer to the above, you can download the files from dropbox, you just need to create a free account, copy the folder to your account and then download it through the dropbox client. Thanks to Stoney871 for supplying it.

The next issue you will face is that the F6 data contains a file that is over 4GB in size (the limit for a Fat32 filesystem) as such you will need to format your SD card in exFat filesystem.

The final issue, that I have not overcome, is getting a working SdCard.key file. I have tried using the app provided, but all 3 files it generates do not work (in fact the 3rd option doesn't generate one at all). I also tried using the 'binary' equivalent of my SD card serial number which other forums suggest to do, but this did not work either. In fact when doing this and entering the SD card, simply nothing happens - whereas the other files generated - using the actual serial - throw up an SD card error on the sync 2 screen.

I also found an android APK app (FordActivator.apk) that is meant to generate the SdCard.key file, but the one this generates also does not work, giving the same error.

Has anyone else gotten this to work with the F6 maps? I'll admit, I've not tried the F5, but might do, considering my car has F4 at the moment.

I have a 2016 Mustang with the latest sync 2 software. 

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I've got a question again primarily regarding upgrading from the F3 card.

My 2015 Focus has the F3 card in it, running SW version 4.32.14073 and Nav application version 3.62.5.  Would I be able to just do a straight swap of the F3 with the new F7 map card, will it just work if i slot it in?  I can't see anything about it not working due to old software but wondered if someone could confirm?

Thanks in advance, first post in here :)

Paul

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Just an update on my struggles, I got the new F7 maps - I'm not sure if I'm allowed to link to other forums but there's a thread on gpspower dot net

Anyway, they also had a java tool to generate the SdCard.key, I used this with the same binary serial that shows in the ford activator apk and it works!!

If I open the files in notepad it's just gibberish, but I can tell the output from the java keygen is different to the ford activator apk. I used the same card I'd been struggling with back in May so it wasn't a card issue before. I hope this helps someone.

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