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What is local archive?

Last update: 09.12.2022

Local archive storage presupposes saving video footage of your surveillance device on the selected folder on your computer/DVR, or on an SD card installed in your device. The number of days that footage can be stored for locally depends on the capacity of the local storage unit (SD card/hard drive) used.

To find out how much local archive can be stored on a specific amount of allocated space, please use the charts here – How much free space should I have to store local archive?

The local archive records loop in case the allocated storage space for it runs out; when there is no more space left, the oldest recordings start getting overwritten by newest ones.

The main advantage of using local archive is:

  • Recordings will be saved even if the camera has no connection to the Internet.

Other noteworthy features of the local archive are:

  • The recordings are easy to damage or destroy since they are kept on a local hard drive or an SD card. To ascertain the security of the archive footage, it is necessary to set up restricted access to the storage unit used.

  • In case the recording equipment/storage unit malfunctions, the recorded archive may become unavailable;

  • It is recommended to use reliable storage devices that can handle constant loads of overwriting data;

  • The number of days local archive can be stored for depends on the capacity of the SD card/hard drive used, and increasing it will require a purchase of a larger storage unit.

We recommend using cloud archive as the main type of saving recordings from your devices. The local archive can be used as a backup for important cameras in case there are issues with their Internet connection.

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