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Sentry Mode Questions

Kdblondie

Member
Sep 11, 2019
41
10
Bay Area
I've had my M3 for about 2 weeks now. I just bought a 128GB and it was already formatted to FAT32. I plugged it in to the front USB and when I got in this morning it said I had 6 notifications but when I plugged into my computer the USB has no files. Is there a special setup I'm missing? I just unplugged it, I didn't see anything special to eject it like on a computer you have to eject before unplugging the drive. Do I have to set up a file on the USB?
 

rad1027

Member
Apr 18, 2019
81
54
Fort Worth
I know you have to press and hold the camera with a red dot icon down for about a couple of seconds. It will flash quickly and then it will look greyed out. That’s when you can remove the flash drive.
 

Pegann

Member
Jun 13, 2019
56
29
Portland
I've had my M3 for about 2 weeks now. I just bought a 128GB and it was already formatted to FAT32. I plugged it in to the front USB and when I got in this morning it said I had 6 notifications but when I plugged into my computer the USB has no files. Is there a special setup I'm missing? I just unplugged it, I didn't see anything special to eject it like on a computer you have to eject before unplugging the drive. Do I have to set up a file on the USB?
 

Trevor B

Active Member
Apr 2, 2016
1,169
629
USA
When are the recordings triggered?

I saw there was 6 events, but none of the (sentry) recordings had anything of interest (it was just generic footage).
 

ColonelRHS

Member
Jun 19, 2019
59
117
Germantown TN
My Sentry puts it's files in 'Saved Files'. When I put the thumb drive onto my PC, I click on' removable disc', then click on Tesla Cam, it shows two lines..... dash cam files, and the saved files. The dash cam files show front, sides, and rear camera, I discoverd the saved file is the Sentry camera.... filled with people walking by or behind the car, causing it to record motion events while the dash camera is off.
 

Knightshade

Well-Known Member
Jul 31, 2017
12,331
17,402
NC
My Sentry puts it's files in 'Saved Files'. When I put the thumb drive onto my PC, I click on' removable disc', then click on Tesla Cam, it shows two lines..... dash cam files, and the saved files. The dash cam files show front, sides, and rear camera, I discoverd the saved file is the Sentry camera.... filled with people walking by or behind the car, causing it to record motion events while the dash camera is off.


This is not correct.

Sentry doesn't record anything- the dashcam does.

All sentry does is copy the last 10 minutes of dashcam files to that saved folder when it goes into alert mode... (which is why the clip of someone walking past is usually in minutes 9 or 10 of the saved footage).

Sentry couldn't magically, retroactively, record the last 10 minutes if the dashcam was off.
 

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