How to back up Lowrance HDS waypoints before upgrading software for new Insight Genesis features

06-saved-s-usrWhenever GoFree releases new a feature for Insight Genesis, anglers and boaters must almost always first download and install new software (often also called “firmware”) to enable their Lowrance HDS unit to run the latest and the greatest. A software upgrade this month, for example, allows Insight Genesis Premium account users to set custom color palettes to highlight the depth ranges that are of most interest to them.

But before you upgrade your software/firmware, we recommend you first back-up all of your waypoints, tracks and trails by saving them on an SD card.

While commenters on the occasional fishing forum might repeat a third-hand horror story of an angler updating the software and losing all of his waypoints, the truth is that this rarely ever happens. That being said, the process to back up all your files is quick and easy, and will provide you peace of mind.

Follow these instructions to back up all of your waypoints, tracks and trails, or watch this video:

  1. Power on your Lowrance unit
  2. Insert a blank SD or mini-SD card (depending on whether you have a Gen2 or Gen3 unit) into one of your unit’s card slots
  3. Push your “Pages” button
  4. Scroll down the vertical menu of options on left side of screen01-files
  5. Touch “Files” (see above)02-waypoints
  6. Touch “Waypoints,  Routes, and Trails database” (see above)03-export
  7. Touch “Export” (see above)
    • Will default to “User data version 5” … Use that04-export-button
  8. Touch “Export” (see above)05-memory-card-OK
  9. Will show “Select destination folder …” to determine onto which SD-card slot you want to save your back-up files (see above)
    • If just one card is inserted, it will default to the slot that card is in
    • If two cards are inserted, you’ll need to choose the slot in which your blank SD card is inserted
  10. Touch “Memory card – left” or “Memory card – right” as the case may be, or “Memory card — top” or “Memory card — bottom.” (see above)
  11. Touch “Ok” at bottom right of screen (see above)
  12. The next screen up is the naming window, which will set the default name to “WaypointsRoutesTrails” … you’re probably going to want to re-name it something like “Lowrance HDS-9 Console Backup 06-25-15” … something that will remind you which unit you backed up and when.
    • After you’ve used the onscreen keyboard to type in a new name, touch the green “Enter” button at bottom right of the screen.06-saved-s-usr
  13. An hourglass icon will then appear on your screen. Once it disappears, the saving process is complete. All your waypoints, routes and trails are now saved in a .usr file on your selected SD card (see above)
  14. Remove your SD card from your Lowrance unit and load it into your computer.
  15. Copy the .usr file off of your SD card and save it on your computer
Importing Waypoints, Tracks and Trails in HDS Gen2 Touch and HDS Gen3

If, on the off chance that you lose your waypoints, trails and tracks, follow these steps to re-install all your backed-up data:

  1. Locate your saved .usr file on your computer
  2. Save it to an SD or mini-SD card
  3. Insert the SD card/mini-SD card into your Lowrance unit
  4. Power on your unit
  5. Push your “Pages” button
  6. Scroll down the vertical menu of options on left side of screen
  7. Touch “Files”
  8. Touch “Memory card- left” or “Memory card – right,” or “Memory card — top” or “Memory card — bottom,” depending on if you have a Gen2 or Gen3 and which slot you inserted your SD card with your saved data on
    • Touching that “Memory card” icon will open a drop-down menu that will show any and all files saved on the SD card
  9. Touch the name of the file you want to import (for this example, we’ll say the file name is “Lowrance HDS-9 Console Backup 06-25-15”
  10. In the window that opens, touch the button labeled “Import”
  11. A window will open with the question “Are you sure you want to import Lowrance HDS-9 Console Backup 06-25-15?” Touch the “Yes” button below that question
    • A progresss bar will then open
  12. After the progress bar reaches the end, a window will open with the message “Import complete,” under which will be button labeled “Close.” Touch that button.
  13. This then completes the process of importing waypoints, tracks and trails
  14. The steps above are shown at the end of this video:

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