Adding a Storage Drive to NVR

Using a secondary storage drive was not originally in the design for the Gigastrand NVR software however, it is a critical feature for many users to be able to separate out the video storage from their main system drive. It also solves a host of other issues with storage and even allows for an external device or a RAID to be used for storage.

At some point we will release a script file to do this automatically. For now, this is how you can do it manually.
NOTE: This could result in data loss if not done properly. If you are not comfortable doing this on your own, Gigabytes can help you remotely.

  1. Format and setup the drive (using Parted or Gparted)
    NOTE: If you format the drive EXT3, the rest of the instructions will work fine. Otherwise, in step 4, change ext3 to the file system that you set the drive up with.
  2. edit fstab (/etc/fstab) as root (right-click on the file>Root Actions>Open As Text)
  3. Add the line
    for Gigastrand NVR Software:
    /dev/sdb1 /etc/kmotion/images_dbase ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 2
    for Ivideon:
    /dev/sdb1 /home/user/.IvideonServer/archive ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 2

    be sure to change “sdb1” to the appropriate drive or partition.
  4. Save the file
  5. Open the drive in Dolphin or Konqueror (or click on Computer on the desktop)
  6. Change ownership to active user (right-click>Root Actions>Ownership to Active User)

If you are running Gigastrand or Next Level NVR software you may have to edit an additional file.

  1. Edit /etc/apache2/envvars as root
  2. add the following 2 lines
  3. export APACHE_RUN_USER=user
  4. export APACHE_RUN_GROUP=user
  5. restart Apache
    Open a terminal and type in sudo service apache2 restart

It wouldn’t hurt to restart the computer to make sure all the settings took hold but that is optional. Be sure to stop the NVR before you start and start the NVR (icons on the desktop) once complete.

Video Security Server Software

Linux NVR Software
NVRNVR Software (current version)
Gigastrand NVRGigastrand NVR Software (deprecated)
MotionEye Installer
MotionEyeMotionEye Installer
Zoneminder Installer
ZoneminderZoneminder automated install file (BETA)
Other Linux Software
ReindexerReindexes video files to repair the video database. Includes both an automatic and manual shell script.
WARNING: EXPERIMENTAL. May result in Data loss.
WallpaperGigabytes NVR Wallpaper
Windows Unisight DVR/HVR/NVR
StandardStandard DVR Server for older DVR systems (v1.12.0725)

Professional

Professional HVR Server Software for Hybrid and Network Video Recorders (v2.17.0711)

Professional

Professional HVR Server Software for Hybrid and Network Video Recorders (v2.15.1216)

Professional

Professional HVR Server Software for Hybrid and Network Video Recorders (v2.14.0328)

Professional

Professional HVR Server Software for Hybrid and Network Video Recorders (v2.12.0725)

Enterprise

  Enterprise HVR Server Software for Hybrid and Network Video Recorders (v3.15.1216)

Enterprise

Enterprise HVR Server Software for Hybrid and Network Video Recorders (v3.14.0328)
EnterpriseEnterprise HVR Server Software for Hybrid and Network Video Recorders (v3.12.0725)
Other Software
Amcrest IPIP tool for Amcrest cameras for Windows (works in Crossover Linux)
Foscam IPIP and camera search tool for Foscam cameras for Windows (works in crossover for Linux)
Amcrest ProAmcrest Pro View software. Client / server for Windows

How-to Security Videos

micro server 2 RAID

Instructional Videos for Unisight Video Security Systems

Creating BackupsHow-to video on creating Backups (Local WMV)
Client ConnectionHow-to video on using the client software (Local WMV)
Review PlayerHow to Use the review Player to playback backups (YouTube)
iPhone ClientiPhone Client installation (YouTube)
Software InstallInstalling / Updating DVR software (YouTube)
DVR RegistrationHow to register the DVR software (YouTube)
DVS SetupAdding a DVS device or IP camera (YouTube)
Client ConnectionCreating new client connections (YouTube)
Client BackupsHow To Do a client Backup (YouTube)

Video Security Manuals

Manuals for Unisight Security systems.

Most Requested

Backup Instructions

Step-by-step backup instructions

Playback Instructions

Step-by-step playback instructions
PC DVR Manuals

DVR Server Manual

Full Server Manual

DVR Client Manual

Full Client Manual

Installation Guide

Installation manual
Network GuideDVR Networking Guide
Watchdog 2.0 ManualWatchdog v2.0 manual
Matrix SetupMatrix Setup manual
Configuring FirefoxHow to configure Firefox to connect to the DVR web client Interface.
DVR Color CodesDVR Dongle color Codes
Reindexing GuideGuide to reindexing
Voice Chat GuideVoice Chat How To
Supported IP CamerasDVR Supported IP Cameras
IP Camera ResolutionsIP Camera Resolution Guide
Mobile Clients
iPhone Client
iPhone manual and setup instructions
Android Client
Android manual and setup instructions (Coming Soon)
iVMS 4500 iPhone ManualiPhone Setup Manual written by Gigastrand
iVMS 4500 iPhone Manual HIKiPhone Setup Manual (HIK)
iVMS 4500 Android ManualAndroid Setup Manual (HIK)
iVMS 4500 Blackberry ManualBlackberry Setup Manual (HIK)
iVMS 4500 Windows MobileWindows Mobile Setup Manual (HIK)
Standalone Manuals
HIK Standalone QuickstartFor HIKVISION Branded Standalone Quickstart (HIK-7300HI-S)
HIK Standalone ManualFor HIKVISION Branded Standalone Manual (HIK-7300HI-S)