Model 3

Help! Recover an overwritten "dashcam RecentClip" from USB.

Did anyone successfully recover an overwritten dashcam video clips from their Tesla thumbdrives? I have a FAT32 formatted USB drive.

My car got hit-and-run when it was legally parked. Dashcam recorded the whole incident but I lost this video clip after one view. Because I did not manually save the video and it got overwritten.

I tried the recover tools people mentioned on Tesla forum ( and I was not able to recover the clip I need.


  • In your case, pay for a forensic IT specialist.
  • I’ve never done it on a thumb drive on a Tesla but I have done it on regular thumb drives. It’s hit or miss. A lot of free and paid forensic recovery tools you can try.
  • Ditto Calidude. If it’s truly overwritten it may be corrupted and irrecoverable. I have used many free and paid programs and Remo Recover works when many others don’t.
  • Just ran into the same problem. Ran the free Microsoft winfr file recovery command line program on my SanDisk 128Gb USB 3.1 flash drive and it seems to have recovered nearly every video clip since I put the drive in the Model 3, 2.5 months ago (nearly 4000 clips). I believe I used the /x /y:MPEG switches. The download site claims it only works on exFAT flash drives <4Gb but I gave it a try anyway and was very happy. Took a while.
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