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How to Set a Retention Limit

NOTE: Be aware that improper use of these settings can cause recording issues. We advise monitoring the unit after enabling either option.

Retention Limit

This option sets the maximum number of days that recorded video will be kept (globally). Once the maximum number of days is reached, the system will begin to overwrite the oldest data with new video. If the maximum amount of storage space is less than the Retention Limit, the recorder will begin overwriting data as soon as storage capacity is reached.

This setting allows you to standardize your retention time without the need to heavily modify your camera's recording settings. 

To Set Retention Limit
  1. Navigate to Setup/Gear Icon.

  2. Click on System Settings.

  3. Within General Settings, under Retention Limit, click Enable.

    • Set the Maximum Retention (days). 

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Minimum Retention Limit

Unlike Retention Limit, Minimum Retention Limit can set up data retention on a per stream basis on each camera. The Enable Minimum Retention setting allows you to force the recorder to hold on to footage for a defined period. Even if the drive were to fill up, the unit will retain footage from that camera/stream and prioritize deleting footage from other cameras/streams. Once the minimum retention period has passed, footage that falls outside of the defined range will be overwritten as normal.

If you need to prioritize storing footage from one camera over the other due to the importance of its captured footage, it is advisable to set a minimum retention limit on at least one stream from that camera. 

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Note: It is not advisable to set a minimum retention limit on all cameras unless you are certain you have enough storage on the recorder. The recorder will not overwrite footage until that minimum retention limit has passed, even if your storage is full. In certain industries, this could lead to a failure to meet retention standards as there could be gaps in footage. 

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