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ADENA Hack: How to record videos on a USB drive with AREC without changing the file system?

All AREC Media Stations can save videos on USB drives. To be used for storage, the drives must first be formatted through the station’s “Administrator” web interface. The station changes the drive’s file system to “Ext4”, which is a typical file system for Linux OS. However, it is not natively supported by Windows or MacOS. This means that you cannot use the same drive interchangeably between an AREC station and a standard computer without changing the file system and consequently erasing all files on this drive. Changing the file system is not necessary if you plan to export the videos, but it requires the video to be saved on a storage beforehand since exporting simply copies the recorded file. Currently, the LS-US2 Media Station is the only one that can record directly on USB drives without changing their file system.

To use this feature, go to the station’s “Administrator” web page, navigate to “Video” -> “Recording”, and enable the “Record to USB” option. KS-CC1, although not technically a Media Station, also has this feature and it can be enabled in the same way through its “Administrator” page. With the “Record to USB” mode enabled, the station can save files directly on USB drives as long as the drives are using an accepted file system, such as FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, Ext3, or Ext4, and have sufficient space. Please note that when “Record to USB” is enabled, the station will not save individual video sources and the files will only be stored on the USB drive. If you need individual video sources, or you need copies of the recording, you will have to use other storage modes.

If you want to learn more about the other storage options available on AREC and how to set them up, check out our free ADENAcademy training course, specifically Level B, Lesson 7: “Storing and backing up recorded videos with AREC”. For further information about AREC devices, please contact us at and we will be happy to answer you.



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