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    DVR backup question

    Is there any easy way of either manually or (preferably) automatically backing up a DVR to a HD and deleting the data from the DVR?

    Our store's consumer-grade 16 channel DVR re-writes security footage after about 36-48 hours, and Im wondering if there's an easy way of backing that up to archives.
    Any tips or software suggestions appreciated.
    I'm seeing off-site options but am looking for something we can do ourselves.
    Thanks.

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    I would start by looking up the exact model to see what options there are ?

    Some have ugpradeable hard drives in them, for example, and only overwrite footage once it is full. If you can somehow access the drive/files from a network then you can backup the video files, but again, it depends on the model and what type of connectivity it has so I would start there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    I would start by looking up the exact model to see what options there are ?

    Some have ugpradeable hard drives in them, for example, and only overwrite footage once it is full. If you can somehow access the drive/files from a network then you can backup the video files, but again, it depends on the model and what type of connectivity it has so I would start there.
    Hey Philip,
    We're upgrading the HD's regardless, something I've been pushing for the last 18+ months.

    Our recent firing gave me the right to pull the, "I told you so" card.
    The DVR's are useful for theft, customer/employee altercations, online orders shipped and disputed, employee behavior and register errors, etc...

    Small store but we run 3 businesses out of it and have a very high-dollar inventory, a lot of employee turnover, and a lot of theft.

    Would still be nice to have a month of archived footage available, 2 weeks minimum, so I'm suggesting a FTP backup method I read about.
    http://www.securitycameraking.com/se...an-ftp-server/

    Everything we do, website and database and email, is on-site, so I'd rather avoid the cloud.

    Thanks for the advice, have a good night.

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    Backing up via FTP would work, provided the DVR supports scheduled backups via FTP... Then yes, you can follow that guide to setup an FTP server on one of the other computers, also make sure it is on at the time when the backup is to be performed.

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    Thanks Philip.
    We went with another purple WD(?) drive, video-stream specific, 4TB.
    In addition to the 2TB it came with that should give us a week.

    Not what I was hoping for but still tripled our review time.
    My IT guy said he could do the FTP thing no problem (we have our own servers so that makes it easier) but we'll see how this goes.

    I appreciate your help.

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