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.