I recently purchased a Lorex 8 channel NVR (model NR8182W) which comes with a 2TB SATA hard drive. I would like to replace the 2TB hard drive with an 8TB SATA hard drive (maximum is 8TB). I currently have four cameras on continuous 24/7 recording and the 2TB drive holds about 10-12 days of video which I would like to increase. I plan to install up to four additional cameras totaling eight.
During this chat with Lorex, an agent stated I only need to purchase a 6TB drive to install as a second drive to the 2TB drive. Option B (if it works) would be less expensive and not waste the 2TB drive already purchased with the NVR.
- keep and reformat existing WD Purple 2TB Surveillance Hard Drive.
- install and format new WD Purple 6TB Surveillance Hard Drive
- Combined, this will provide 8TB storage (maximum).
- remove existing WD Purple 2TB Surveillance Hard Drive.
- install and format new WD Purple 8TB Surveillance Hard Drive
- This will provide 8TB storage (maximum).
However, I read the NR8182W NVR User Guide which states “The system comes with a pre-installed SATA hard drive. You can replace the hard drive with one up to a maximum size of 8TB.”
This does not say anything about combining two drives. I haven’t opened the NVR to see if multiple drives are supported. From what Lorex stated, the NVR can hold two separate drives.
- Is it possible to have two separate drives so that when recording fills one drive, it will begin recording on the second drive?
- Then when the second drive is filled, does it wrap around and begin recording over the first drive?
- does it wrap around on the second drive replacing previous recorded video, and ignore the first drive?
Many thanks for any insight. Happy Holidays!