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Model 3 dash cam and sentry setup help

So I thought i would post in case this helps anyone having trouble getting dashcam set up with a new SD card/ hard drive.

I bought this storage solution:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07855LJ99/ref=pe_3187911_185740111_TE_item

Setting up dashcam and sentry mode should have been easy i thought... very clear instructions from this site...

How to Setup Tesla DashCam and Sentry Mode - Pure Tesla

On windows you need to use a 3rd party app to format a drive this size so I used GUIformat

Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

Which seemed to work OK... FAT32 file system confirmed and my TeslaCam folder in place.

However.... after multiple attempts repeating the process/ trying quick then slow formats.... the car would never recognise the disk!

I don't know why!

Anyway... as a last ditch I used another utility to format the disk just in case... and it worked!

Download from here:

https://www.rmprepusb.com/documents/rmprepusb-beta-versions

Set the disk to be non bootable and max partition then press prepare disc.

This worked first time and I now have functioning file storage.

Great feature!
 

Roy W.

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So I thought i would post in case this helps anyone having trouble getting dashcam set up with a new SD card/ hard drive.

I bought this storage solution:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07855LJ99/ref=pe_3187911_185740111_TE_item

Setting up dashcam and sentry mode should have been easy i thought... very clear instructions from this site...

How to Setup Tesla DashCam and Sentry Mode - Pure Tesla

On windows you need to use a 3rd party app to format a drive this size so I used GUIformat

Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

Which seemed to work OK... FAT32 file system confirmed and my TeslaCam folder in place.

However.... after multiple attempts repeating the process/ trying quick then slow formats.... the car would never recognise the disk!

I don't know why!

Anyway... as a last ditch I used another utility to format the disk just in case... and it worked!

Download from here:

https://www.rmprepusb.com/documents/rmprepusb-beta-versions

Set the disk to be non bootable and max partition then press prepare disc.

This worked first time and I now have functioning file storage.

Great feature!
Alternatively, use an Apple Mac ;)
 
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Roy W.

Battery running low...
Jun 3, 2019
2,334
2,405
Derby, UK
Umm - yes.

It is a bit frustrating that microsoft are chosing to make life difficult for us PC users :)

Still... you have probably paid a LOT more money for your equivalent CPU speed / memory / GFX power than me.. so it is all good!
I know what you mean. I paid almost £2k for my iMac. But it is five years old now, and it still boots up in less than 20 seconds.

I used PCs at home and work between 1984 and 2015, but I’ve never regretted swapping to Mac. It just works!
 
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Please keep people up to date re long term reliability. All in one USB sticks such as that linked do not have a good reputation for long term reliability - thats the reason why many go for SD/MicroSD (especially 'Endurance' cards) or potentially better SSD based solutions - they are more robust when continuously being written to.

Ah OK - I wasn't aware of an issue.

So far so good reviewing dash cam footage tonight.

Going to test sentry tomorrow.
 
When viewing clips, I found this cross platform website to be very useful - no data is uploaded to any websites so even works offline.

TeslaCam Video WebApp Player

For some reason that site isnt working for me...

I have been using this...

Tesla Sentry Cam Software, Sentry Keeper, Tesla Sentry, Sentry Monitor

Clunky - but cool seeing all 4 streams at once.

EDIT - fot the web app to work... but only in IE - chrome not playing ball. Sentry keeper is maybe better in that it lets you create a merged video file to save?
 
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So I thought i would post in case this helps anyone having trouble getting dashcam set up with a new SD card/ hard drive.

I bought this storage solution:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07855LJ99/ref=pe_3187911_185740111_TE_item

Setting up dashcam and sentry mode should have been easy i thought... very clear instructions from this site...

How to Setup Tesla DashCam and Sentry Mode - Pure Tesla

On windows you need to use a 3rd party app to format a drive this size so I used GUIformat

Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

Which seemed to work OK... FAT32 file system confirmed and my TeslaCam folder in place.

However.... after multiple attempts repeating the process/ trying quick then slow formats.... the car would never recognise the disk!

I don't know why!

Anyway... as a last ditch I used another utility to format the disk just in case... and it worked!

Download from here:

https://www.rmprepusb.com/documents/rmprepusb-beta-versions

Set the disk to be non bootable and max partition then press prepare disc.

This worked first time and I now have functioning file storage.

Great feature!

Thank you so much I couldn't get the car to recognise the microSD until I tried your fix!
 
So I thought i would post in case this helps anyone having trouble getting dashcam set up with a new SD card/ hard drive.

I bought this storage solution:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07855LJ99/ref=pe_3187911_185740111_TE_item

Setting up dashcam and sentry mode should have been easy i thought... very clear instructions from this site...

How to Setup Tesla DashCam and Sentry Mode - Pure Tesla

On windows you need to use a 3rd party app to format a drive this size so I used GUIformat

Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd

Which seemed to work OK... FAT32 file system confirmed and my TeslaCam folder in place.

However.... after multiple attempts repeating the process/ trying quick then slow formats.... the car would never recognise the disk!

I don't know why!

Anyway... as a last ditch I used another utility to format the disk just in case... and it worked!

Download from here:

https://www.rmprepusb.com/documents/rmprepusb-beta-versions

Set the disk to be non bootable and max partition then press prepare disc.

This worked first time and I now have functioning file storage.

Great feature!
Thanks so much for this. I have been struggling to get the dashcam going with no luck. Worked instantly!
 
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