dashcam flash drive

  • 03/16/2020 9:39 AM
    Message # 8834790

    I have had 2 non-descript flash drives corrupted when using them for the Model 3 Tesla.

    Any suggestion for a good sturdy reliable flash drive to replace it?


  • 03/17/2020 12:38 AM
    Reply # 8836494 on 8834790
    Bruce Stout - Tesla ModelY Manual

    USB Flash Drive Requirements for Videos and Recording To store video from your vehicle's cameras, follow these requirements and guidelines for using flash drives:

    • The flash drive must have a sustained write speed of at least 4 MB/s. A sustained write speed is different from the peak write speed. Check the product details of your flash drive for more information. The flash drive must be USB 2.0 compatible. If using a USB 3.0 flash drive, it must be able to support USB 2.0. Use a dedicated flash drive exclusively for saving Sentry Mode recordings. The flash drive must be properly formatted (see Formatting the USB Flash Drive on page 147). Use a flash drive with as much available storage as possible. Video footage can occupy a large amount of space. Tesla recommends using a flash drive with at least 32 GB of storage. Some personal computer operating systems may be unable to format flash drives larger than 32 GB as FAT 32. Consider using a third party application to format flash drives larger than 32 GB.

    Although not a comprehensive list, Tesla has testing the following flash drives and confirmed that they meet the requirements for using Dashcam and Sentry Mode: • SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive • Samsung MUF-64AB/AM FIT Plus – 200MB/s USB 3.1 Flash Drive

    Formatting the USB Flash Drive To correctly save and retrieve video footage, Model Y requires the USB flash drive to be formatted as FAT 32 (for Windows), MS-DOS FAT (for Mac), ext3, or ext4. NTFS and exFAT are not currently supported. In addition, the USB flash drive must contain a base-level folder called “TeslaCam” (without quotation marks). Follow the steps below to prepare a USB flash drive.

    For MacOS: 1. Insert the USB flash drive into your personal computer. 2. Navigate to Utilities > Disk Utility (or conduct a Spotlight Search). 3. Select your flash drive in the left menu. 4. Navigate to Erase in the top menu ribbon.

    5. In the pop-up menu, select the correct format (MS-DOS FAT) and click Erase. Note: Selecting Erase removes all existing content from your flash drive. If you have content that you want to keep, you must move it to a different device before erasing. 6. Once the flash drive is successfully erased, navigate to Finder and select your USB flash drive from the left menu. The flash drive should not contain any files. 7. Right-click in the empty space of the flash drive and select New Folder. A folder appears in your flash drive space. 8. Right-click on the folder, select Rename, and name the folder to “TeslaCam” (without quotation marks). Click "Save". This folder will contain all recent and saved clips from Sentry Mode and dashcam. 9. Properly eject the USB flash drive.

    For Windows: 1. Insert the USB flash drive into your personal computer. 2. Navigate to File Explorer. 3. Right-click on your USB flash drive and select "Format...". 4. In the pop-up menu, under the File System section, select “FAT 32”. Note: You can also name your USB flash drive (under Volume Label) for easier recognition. 5. Check the Quick format box and click Start. 6. Go back to File Explorer, click on your flash drive, and right-click to create a folder, or select New Folder in the top menu. 7. Name the folder “TeslaCam” (without quotation marks) and click Save. This folder will contain all recent and saved clips from Sentry Mode and dashcam. 8. Properly eject the USB flash drive. Once you have formatted the USB flash drive and created the TeslaCam folder, insert it into one of the front USB ports in Model Y. Do not use the rear USB ports—they are for charging only. It may take Model Y up to 15 seconds to recognize the flash drive. When recognized, icons for dashcam and Sentry Mode appear at the top of your touchscreen (note that you may need to enable Sentry Mode by touching Controls > Safety & Security > Sentry Mode). Model Y is ready to record video.

    Retrieving Footage To retrieve video footage from the USB flash drive, remove the flash drive from the front USB port and use a personal computer or other device to access the files. Navigate to the TeslaCam folder. Within the TeslaCam folder, there are three sub-folders: • Recent Clips - The footage in Recent Clips continuously loops in 60-minute cycles whenever the cameras are activate. Therefore, footage is constantly overwritten every hour unless you save it. When an event is recorded, one video is recorded for each of the front, rear, left, and right cameras. • Saved Clips - Contains all recordings that you have manually saved using Dashcam on page 78. • Sentry Clips - Contains all footage from Sentry Mode events which have been automatically saved when an Alert or Alarm state is triggered. The last 10 minutes of an event's footage is saved and labeled with a unique timestamp. Note: As the USB flash drive runs out of available space, the oldest footage in Sentry Clips is deleted to make room for new footage. Once deleted, you will be unable to retrieve them. When the flash drive is full, Sentry Mode and Dashcam can no longer save video footage. To prevent the flash drive from getting full, you must regularly move saved videos to another device, and delete them from the flash drive. Note: You are responsible for complying with all local laws, regulations, and property restrictions regarding video recordings. Note: The cameras do not record audio.

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