Tips & Tricks: Storage options in SeeTec Cayuga


One of the questions customers and users frequently ask us, when planning a video solution is: How can I set up the hard drive(s) that store the video recordings of my cameras? We have summarized the answer to this question in our step by step guide below:

Initial setup of the storage location

The initial setup of the storage location is done via the SeeTec Administration Tool:

  • Select the tab "MultimediaDatabase" here
  • Click "Add Zone" and select the path to the drive where you want to save your video data (default is: C:\Program Files\SeeTec\re\md\mds\data)
  • Assign a size to the zone or tick the box at "unlimited" and confirm your selection. When you choose "unlimited", SeeTec Cayuga takes over the memory management.
  • You can add more than one zone per recording server. In this case, SeeTec Cayuga will take over the storage management and will balance the different zones automatically.

Changing the storage location

If you want to change the location/edit an existing zone, this also works in the SeeTec Administration Tool:

  • Again, select the tab "MultimediaDatabase"
  • Click "Edit Zone" and select the new location where you want to save your video data in the future
  • Again, assign a size to the zone or tick the box at unlimited and confirm your selection


When changing the storage location, the previous video records will be lost. To avoid this, you can copy the raw data of the recordings to the new location.

What kind of storage options can I use and what do I have to consider?

1. Locale storage in the server: Procedure as described above

2. iSCSI: Procedure as described above, the memory is recognized as a local hard drive.

3. Storage on a NAS (Network Attached Storage):

  • Open the SeeTec Administration Tool
  • Select the tab "MultimediaDatabase"
  • Click on "Add Zone" and enter the address of the NAS.(Note: it is mandatory to use a UNC path and no mapped drive letters).
  • Assign a size to the zone or tick the box at unlimited and confirm your selection.
  • Under "Network authorization", the local administrator (with read and write access to the NAS) must be entered.

Note: A local admin with the same username and password must be created on both, the NAS and the server .

Did you know ...

... that in an installation with 15 cameras,

  • each delivering a video stream of 10 FPS in Full HD
  • with assumed 3 days storage capacity
  • will need just under 865 GB hard disk space?

Feel free to use our server calculator to calculate the memory requirements for your individual project or contact our support team if you have any further questions.