CCTV Security Camera Backup Device Setup

I have a CCTV security system that saves to an internal hard drive. The user's guide shows how to take the system apart to replace the internal hdd if necessary.

My idea and goal: take the system apart and setup the sata hdd and while doing that, configure it with a second drive for external use - here's the thing - I'd like the second drive to be able to capture data/video at the same time as the first drive. Is that possible? I guess I'm looking for an "immediate" backup system. Can I do this? Or can I use the system's external USB port to somehow setup an external hdd for the same thing? Thanks.
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>> I can post the user guide tomorrow as an attached file - yes or no?

It would be nice, if it isn't too big for EE to allow. That way I know I have the correct info.

Or you can look at the links I posted and tell me which one is closest to what you have, if it will not let you post it.

As for software. I would try YAWCAM or EYELINE. There are others, but I have used both of these. They work good on cams, but I haven't tried them on a DVR, yet.
They may or may not work with your DVR.
DVR's can sometimes be picky about who they play with.

YAWCAM (free)
only does 1 "source" at a time, but since the dvr is a "single source", I would be interested in finding out what happens.

EyeLine Video Surveillance Software (free to try, but you have to pay to use it)

I really like this one. I have had USB cams, composite cams (coming in through a video capture card), and IP cams. all going at the same time.
Depending on the version you get, it can handle up to 100 cams at once.
It can be a little picky about video capture cards, but USB and IP cams don't usually have a problem.
Again, I haven't tried it with a DVR, yet.
Depends on your "dvr".

It would have to support a RAID1 setup, or at least some kind of syncing with the external drive.

What's the make/model number, so we can look up the user guide?

If it supports networking, a better idea might be to run a "security cam" program on a different computer, and record it remotely.
76133Author Commented:
Thanks for responding.

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hmmmm... the only thing I have found so far is a spec sheet .

It say 1 SATA port, 1 hard drive supported.
It does list the USB and Network as Backup devices, though.

I will poke around some more in a little bit.
I found 1 User Manual for the "PRO SERIES". but I don't know how much good it will do.
It seems to be mostly for the 1U and 2U models.
1U has 2 SATA ports.
2U has 8 SATA ports.

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76133Author Commented:
My apologies for the delayed response. I found it! I found the users' manual on the cd that came with it and it showed a diagram that shows it has networking support where you can plug the DVD into a router and then a PC into that as well. The cd has software (not too useful) that allows you to view the video and backup to the PC.

It sounds like your idea of the 3rd party software on the PC was a really good one! Any suggestions on which brand?

Also, if there are 2 sata ports like you mention above, is it possible, given the right software, for that video to stream to 2 hdd's simultaneously?

If it will help, I can post the user guide tomorrow as an attached file - yes or no?

Thanks again for taking the time for this.
Thank you much.     : )
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