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Sentry mode storage.

MY-user

MYLR, 5s, OD9/10, received on Nov. 29.
Sep 15, 2021
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Will Sentry mode fill the drive with clips and not leave any room for Dashcam (RecentClips)? Do you periodically delete/format the drive? What's your process? I'm currently using Tesla provided 128gb drive and now only have 1hr (6gb) left for the RecentClips folder.
 
Will Sentry mode fill the drive with clips and not leave any room for Dashcam (RecentClips)? Do you periodically delete/format the drive? What's your process? I'm currently using Tesla provided 128gb drive and now only have 1hr (6gb) left for the RecentClips folder.
From the owners manual:

"When the internal storage reaches its limit, new recordings from Alert and Alarm event overwrite the older recordings."

"Recent Clips: When recording, Dashcam continuously saves footage to Recent Clips in 60-minute cycles. Footage is overwritten every hour unless you manually save it. Four videos are recorded for each clip, one from each camera (front, rear, left, and right)."

And finally,

"When the USB flash drive runs out of storage space, Sentry Mode and Dashcam can no longer save video footage. To prevent the flash drive from getting full, regularly move saved videos to another device and delete them from the flash drive."

So to directly answer your question, saved clips are the only ones not overwritten and would require action on your part.

Suggest you browse the user interface forum for memory media suggestions. The USB stick will eventually fail. Some prefer SSDs, some SD/Micro SD. Just depends on your environmental and use considerations.
 
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MY-user

MYLR, 5s, OD9/10, received on Nov. 29.
Sep 15, 2021
330
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Colorado
saved clips are the only ones not overwritten and would require action on your part.
I read the manual and still need better understanding. Can Dashcam footage be more then one hour? The drive size only determines the quantity of Sentry events? If Sentry is turned off will I get more than just one hour of dashcam footage?
 
I read the manual and still need better understanding. Can Dashcam footage be more then one hour? The drive size only determines the quantity of Sentry events? If Sentry is turned off will I get more than just one hour of dashcam footage?
No. Dashcam records in one hour cycles. The dashcam footage is only saved when initiated by one of the methods indicated:

Auto (collision or safety event), manual, or on honk. This saves the footage in 10 minute segments and won't be overwritten, per my first post.

I get the impression that you want a dashcam function that records your entire trip and you can go back and review the entire thing later.

That is not how Tesla's system is set up and you would need to purchase a standalone unit for that type of functionality.
 

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