I came across this thread while trying to recover after a computer crash, and I thought I'd share my experience in restoring my data in the hopes that it will help someone else. As I'm sure you're aware, the only suggestion Garmin gives is to simply export the data. Unfortunately, this is not very helpful when you've had an unexpected crash (and you're like me - so you didn't have backups.)
This how to/tutorial is aimed at Windows 7
though it may work for Vista as well.
Please note that I am a cyclist using a Garmin Edge205, but I suspect that this will work for you runners too, and since you helped me, I figured I'd return the favor
For the purposes of this tutorial, I will refer to my old
hard disk as X:
and my new hard disk as C:
Install Garmin Training Center
You'll probably want to install the same version of Traning Center that you were using before. I try to stay current, but atleast they offer the previous version on the website as well.
Restoring The Data Store
It took me quite a while, and extensive searching to find the data store on Windows 7. This is because Microsoft decided to revamp the recommended locations for application data, as well as personal data.
The Training Center data can be found in a directory called X:\ProgramData\GARMIN
. "ProgramData" is a hidden system folder, so you will need to either type the name in the address bar of explorer, or enable viewing of hidden/system files.
Once I located the data, I found the same folder on my new hard disk C:\ProgramData
, and renamed the "GARMIN" folder to "GARMIN.new" (to rename: right click "GARMIN" -> rename), then I copied X:\ProgramData\GARMIN to C:\ProgramData
and started Training Center to find my historical data intact. I then immediately backed up my historical data buy using the export function as suggested by GARMIN
I also got an error message stating something to the effect of "there was a problem receiving the activities". I worked around this by creating a new bogus activity and sent it to my Garmin Edge205
I hope all this helps. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread for a bit to see if anyone finds a problem in the procedure, or has any questions.
Edited by ChillWill, 23 August 2010 - 02:20 AM.