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The folder is in the root directory of the drive. If you replace the drive, how does the car know where to store the footage if you don’t create the folder for it? Maybe format and set it up from the menu in the car if you’re not putting media on it too?
 
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Make sure the drive is formatted as FAT32 - if you're doing it on a Windows PC you'll need to use a utility called guiformat but make sure you select the correct drive! You then need to create a TeslaCam folder (case sensitive) in the root of the drive and you're good to go.

I was having problems with the media player not remembering which audio file was playing when leaving the car. The solution was to create 2 partitions in a 256GB flash drive using gparted (Linux) and using the second partition to store the media. The first partition needs to be at least 32GB in size. Now the media player always picks up where it left off! This is using the glovebox USB port.
 

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I was having problems with the media player not remembering which audio file was playing when leaving the car. The solution was to create 2 partitions in a 256GB flash drive using gparted (Linux) and using the second partition to store the media. The first partition needs to be at least 32GB in size. Now the media player always picks up where it left off! This is using the glovebox USB port.
As an alternative, I use separate USB drives for the TeslaCam and music. When I need to reformat the TeslaCam USB I remove the music USB just for those few seconds. Otherwise the Format button is greyed out. Sounds like either method is OK.
 

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You don't need to format and set folders on a PC/Mac any more, the car can do it all. just plug it in the car and you can select to format it via the security tab.
 

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Does it matter which USB Port you use for the TeslaCam?
No. But but if you have the Model 3 refresh version then you should have a USB socket in the glove box. Best to use that one as it's secured inside the glove box and can't be stolen (assuming you have set up a pin to access it).

What happens with the TeslaCam Folder on your Mac/PC?
Not sure what you mean. If you reformat the drive from your car then it will delete everything on it so ensure you've saved everything that you want onto your computer beforehand. The folders on your computer won't be affected as they're completely separate entities. You can copy/move videos over to your computer as normal.
 

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No. But but if you have the Model 3 refresh version then you should have a USB socket in the glove box. Best to use that one as it's secured inside the glove box and can't be stolen (assuming you have set up a pin to access it).



Not sure what you mean. If you reformat the drive from your car then it will delete everything on it so ensure you've saved everything that you want onto your computer beforehand. The folders on your computer won't be affected as they're completely separate entities. You can copy/move videos over to your computer as normal.
Thank you!!
My Model 3 is due Feb/March.
 

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No. But but if you have the Model 3 refresh version then you should have a USB socket in the glove box. Best to use that one as it's secured inside the glove box and can't be stolen (assuming you have set up a pin to access it).



Not sure what you mean. If you reformat the drive from your car then it will delete everything on it so ensure you've saved everything that you want onto your computer beforehand. The folders on your computer won't be affected as they're completely separate entities. You can copy/move videos over to your computer as normal.
So just to clarify, for a computer Numpty, you stick your new USB Flash drive into the mac/PC to open the TeslaCam file, then stick it in your car?
 

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My Model 3 is due Feb/March.
Excellent. That means you'll have the refreshed model, which means you will have a USB port in the glove box. Use that one. Make sure you set up a pin to access the glove box as that will prevent any potential thieves from stealing the USB drive.

So just to clarify, for a computer Numpty, you stick your new USB Flash drive into the mac/PC to open the TeslaCam file, then stick it in your car?
Perhaps it's better if I just give you a step by step guide on how to format your USB drive and how to set it up for dashcam/sentry mode use. There's two ways of doing this but one of them is easier and doesn't involve the use of a computer at all. I'll give you the easiest option as there really is no point in making life difficult :D

1) You HAVE to format the USB drive before it can work on your shiny new Tesla (congrats on your purchase by the way). Formatting the drive will wipe it completely clean so if there's anything on your drive that you want to keep, such as photos, videos. music etc. then save them onto your computer, or you'll lose them forever. If the drive is brand new and there's nothing on there then this step is irrelevant and you can move onto step 2 instead.
2) Take the USB drive and plug it into the USB drive located in the glove box.
3) At the bottom right corner of the screen click on the little car icon. This will bring up your settings for your Model 3.
4) Go to the Safety and Security settings.
5) Scroll down until you see a button that says Format USB Device. Press this button.

And you're done! It really is as simple as that. Your USB drive is now set up and you don't have to do anything else to it. You'll know it's worked if there's a camera icon at the top of the screen with a red dot on it. The red dot indicates that it's recording.

As a little side note, do NOT pull the USB drive out without properly disconnecting it first as that runs the risk of corrupting the entire drive and losing any video evidence of whatever incident occurred. To disconnect it properly, press and hold the camera icon for a few seconds. The red dot should disappear and then it's safe to pull the USB drive out.

If you ever need to send a video as evidence to your insurance or police, you can simply plug your USB drive into your computer (after disconnecting it properly from your car) and copy/move the video clips over. It doesn't matter where you move the video clips to on your computer, the name of the folder is irrelevant.

Hope all of this helps :)

Here's a YouTube video on the above steps in case anything is unclear:
 

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Excellent. That means you'll have the refreshed model, which means you will have a USB port in the glove box. Use that one. Make sure you set up a pin to access the glove box as that will prevent any potential thieves from stealing the USB drive.



Perhaps it's better if I just give you a step by step guide on how to format your USB drive and how to set it up for dashcam/sentry mode use. There's two ways of doing this but one of them is easier and doesn't involve the use of a computer at all. I'll give you the easiest option as there really is no point in making life difficult :D

1) You HAVE to format the USB drive before it can work on your shiny new Tesla (congrats on your purchase by the way). Formatting the drive will wipe it completely clean so if there's anything on your drive that you want to keep, such as photos, videos. music etc. then save them onto your computer, or you'll lose them forever. If the drive is brand new and there's nothing on there then this step is irrelevant and you can move onto step 2 instead.
2) Take the USB drive and plug it into the USB drive located in the glove box.
3) At the bottom right corner of the screen click on the little car icon. This will bring up your settings for your Model 3.
4) Go to the Safety and Security settings.
5) Scroll down until you see a button that says Format USB Device. Press this button.

And you're done! It really is as simple as that. Your USB drive is now set up and you don't have to do anything else to it. You'll know it's worked if there's a camera icon at the top of the screen with a red dot on it. The red dot indicates that it's recording.

As a little side note, do NOT pull the USB drive out without properly disconnecting it first as that runs the risk of corrupting the entire drive and losing any video evidence of whatever incident occurred. To disconnect it properly, press and hold the camera icon for a few seconds. The red dot should disappear and then it's safe to pull the USB drive out.

If you ever need to send a video as evidence to your insurance or police, you can simply plug your USB drive into your computer (after disconnecting it properly from your car) and copy/move the video clips over. It doesn't matter where you move the video clips to on your computer, the name of the folder is irrelevant.

Hope all of this helps :)

Here's a YouTube video on the above steps in case anything is unclear:
Excellent. That means you'll have the refreshed model, which means you will have a USB port in the glove box. Use that one. Make sure you set up a pin to access the glove box as that will prevent any potential thieves from stealing the USB drive.



Perhaps it's better if I just give you a step by step guide on how to format your USB drive and how to set it up for dashcam/sentry mode use. There's two ways of doing this but one of them is easier and doesn't involve the use of a computer at all. I'll give you the easiest option as there really is no point in making life difficult :D

1) You HAVE to format the USB drive before it can work on your shiny new Tesla (congrats on your purchase by the way). Formatting the drive will wipe it completely clean so if there's anything on your drive that you want to keep, such as photos, videos. music etc. then save them onto your computer, or you'll lose them forever. If the drive is brand new and there's nothing on there then this step is irrelevant and you can move onto step 2 instead.
2) Take the USB drive and plug it into the USB drive located in the glove box.
3) At the bottom right corner of the screen click on the little car icon. This will bring up your settings for your Model 3.
4) Go to the Safety and Security settings.
5) Scroll down until you see a button that says Format USB Device. Press this button.

And you're done! It really is as simple as that. Your USB drive is now set up and you don't have to do anything else to it. You'll know it's worked if there's a camera icon at the top of the screen with a red dot on it. The red dot indicates that it's recording.

As a little side note, do NOT pull the USB drive out without properly disconnecting it first as that runs the risk of corrupting the entire drive and losing any video evidence of whatever incident occurred. To disconnect it properly, press and hold the camera icon for a few seconds. The red dot should disappear and then it's safe to pull the USB drive out.

If you ever need to send a video as evidence to your insurance or police, you can simply plug your USB drive into your computer (after disconnecting it properly from your car) and copy/move the video clips over. It doesn't matter where you move the video clips to on your computer, the name of the folder is irrelevant.

Hope all of this helps :)

Here's a YouTube video on the above steps in case anything is unclear:
Thank you so much!!
Do you think the Samsung SSD T5 500 GB USB 3.1 Gen 2 is best?
 

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Thank you so much!!
Do you think the Samsung SSD T5 500 GB USB 3.1 Gen 2 is best?
It'll definitely suffice but it is a bit expensive. If money is not an issue for you then sure, go for it. But from what I understand, Tesla are throwing in free 64gb memory sticks with the refresh models so you could just use that. I have no idea how good they are though.
 
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