Model 3

How many GB USB stick should I get?

edited November -1 in Model 3
I'd like to be prepared for the dashcam feature in ver9. What's the correct capacity to get? I hear the car overwrites the older video content after one hour, so that should factor into the mix to keep the USB drive size reasonable, correct?
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  • edited September 2018
    From the videos, it's around 30mb per minute. A 128GB or 256 GB stick should be more than enough.
  • edited September 2018
    128 GB Patriot Supersonic Rage 2

    It’s supposed to be one of the fastest possible USB sticks available. Perfect for moving around large amounts of data.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SNLGXE0/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_c_3jgSBb87NE663
  • Can I use the rear usb outlet for dash cam or does it have to be the front one?
  • edited September 2018
    Rear USB are for charging only
  • edited September 2018
    https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Bar-Plus-256GB-MUF-256BE4/dp/B07BPKL2D2

    I chose this one. 256 gig is far too much, but it’s like $30 more than the 128.
  • edited September 2018
    Is it possible to put in a self powered USB hub or something so that both ports can be used for the phone tray AND have a USB stick for dashcam?
  • edited September 2018
    Kelly not sure nothing in the release notes about it. Something tells me the software is limited to one USB device based on the V9 release notes
  • edited September 2018
    KellyJ - the owners manual says that a hub should not be used in the car. However, I don't have the car - I've just been doing a little reading while waiting.
  • edited September 2018
    Hoping one of these Y splitter cables will allow use of USB stick and Qi chargers. Anyone tried this? Waiting for parts to arrive.

    https://www.amazon.com/Female-Splitter-Power-Extension-Adapter/dp/B07CKQSTCB
  • edited September 2018
    i have a tb external hard drive. will that work or does it have to be a flash drive
  • edited September 2018
    I am surprised that Tesla doesn't have a recommended size, speed, etc. range in the manual or update notes for this feature. That omission is just asking for various failed results from many of us trying to cut corners and save a few bucks. Something that specifies that a 64gb drive will work but limit the amount of saved data to X amount of files would be nice. Is the port a USB 2.0 or will 3.0 work? Does the drive have to be dedicated to the one port so you will lose one of your ports or does the type of splitter that would allow charging only on one split be ok so you could still charge and record video through one port if the splitter was of that type? Not providing all that info leaves it up to experimentation by the user and if enough money and time are wasted on finding out those answers individually, some unhappy complaining will be certain.
  • edited September 2018
    I am waiting to hear from owners what works and what doesn’t. We probably won’t know till the update arrives.
  • edited September 2018
    This might be overkill but got one of these laying around and bought an enclosure for it. Format Fat32 and ready for firmware v9 update

    https://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/WD-Blue-640x242.jpg (SSD)
    https://www.amazon.com/KINGSHARE-External-Enclosure-SATAIII-SSD-Silver/dp/B076DYH5NC?th=1 (enclosure)
  • edited September 2018
    According to this, the dashcam will only record for an hour and one hour is about ~2gb.

    https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-dashcam-autopilot-cameras-first-look/
  • edited September 2018
    @disapr, 1 hour loop recording but you can press to save last 10 minutes separately to the hdd too
  • edited September 2018
    I purchased a 64GB in anticipation of ver 9 and even that seems like overkill.
  • edited September 2018
    Is a USB stick only for music and camera recording, or is it used during firmware updates as well?
  • edited September 2018
    @cbardeen I asked the Jeda wireless pad folks about this, since their product currently requires the use of both front USB slots for both sides of their charging pad to work. They are currently testing different solutions (splitters? hubs?) and will have an update with what they find. They didn't provide any timeline, though.
  • edited October 2018
    If you are using Windows, you will only be able to format a drive larger than 32G, to NTFS or exFAT. You will need to use a 3rd party utility, like EaseUS. It is free, I can post the link if anyone is interested.
  • edited October 2018
    I should add, the drive you use needs to be formatted to FAT32
  • edited October 2018
    @gballant4570: “... I don't have the car - I've just been doing a little reading while waiting.”

    Good for you! I wish everyone did that. :-)
  • edited October 2018
    16GB or 32GB should be fine. Since the USB stick (supposedly) is dedicated to dashcam and 60 mins of recording on a loop takes 2GB, you just need to allow some room for permanent storage of 10 min incident videos..

    I'd like to recommend getting a "quality" USB stick, but honestly have no idea how to assure that. You should get one rated for lots of read/write operations, but again I've no idea how to assure that either.
  • I will stick with my BlackVue:

    Front Cam
    Rear Cam
    2 days worth of storage based upon my usage
    Always on / records on motion, movement (impact)
    Sound recording
    GPS Location Data
    Speed Data
    Impact alerts
    Video accessible from my phone or PC
    Full HD Resolution
  • edited October 2018
    What model blackvue?
    Cost? Self install or professional?
  • edited October 2018
    See TeslaTap's discussion of USB drives for music. It has a good discussion of USB stick quality.

    https://teslatap.com/usb-flash-drives-for-music/
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