Local Storage (HDDs) for DW Spectrum® IPVMS Overview
Affected Roles: Administrator, Owner
Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps: DW Spectrum® IPVMS
Last Edit: March 15, 2022
DW Spectrum IPVMS offers a simple way to manage the internal storage of a system. Each DW Spectrum Server can use unlimited local and network storage (local storage options permitting) where if more storage is added to the local machine, the DW Spectrum Server program will automatically balance space consumption across the storage drives. The intensity of how much storage space is used varies depending to the availability of storage and the Reserved Space that is set for the media server.
This article will outline enabling local storage settings and configuring video archive data storage for the DW Spectrum IPVMS platform.
**NOTE: The use of external hard drives are not supported by DW Spectrum IPVMS. If an external storage device is needed, the DW Blackjack NAS is recommended for integration with your DW Spectrum system.
To configure the local hard drives for DW Spectrum Server’s Storage Locations:
Click on the “Storage Management” tab to view the Storage Location settings of the selected server.
Make sure that the desired storage locations are enabled (green) to allow the server to utilize the local drives for media storage.
**NOTE: The Local Disk (C:) drive will automatically be Reserved and cannot be selected as a storage location. This is to ensure that the local computer’s system and the DW Media storage are kept separated.
For more information, check out Configuring Backup and Redundant Storage.
DW Spectrum IPVMS will automatically reserve space on every internal storage drive that has been enabled/assigned for DW Spectrum, according to the following basic rules:
The Local Disk (C:) drive partition contains the computer’s operating system (e.g. Windows or Ubuntu) and other operational program files. Because of this, DW Spectrum will consider it to be a “disabled” drive and will avoid using this drive for regular archive storage whenever possible.
Any additional internal storage drives, other than the system drive (Local Disk C:), is able to be used to host a DW Media folder for archiving video.
DW Spectrum will treat each individual NAS unit as a single, large hard drive where a DW Spectrum Server will send video recordings to the NAS to be archived over a network connection (LAN, WAN).
**NOTE: Other than NAS, DW Spectrum does not support external storage devices (external HDD, USB drive, etc.) and will be unlikely to detect such connections.