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Motion recording for Swann dvr4

Can;t seem to get it right, I have tried to select the areas in the config that would activate recording but recording is still 24/7.
What am I doing wrong or not doing??

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  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2008

    My Swann DVR 4 Alert records fine when it is set to continuously record but when I set it to motion activate, I get a message "Hard Disk Fail" after 10 to 15 motion activations. A power down and power up fixes it for the next 10 to 15 recordings. I tried reformatting the disk, reverting to factory settings, etc and still have the problem.

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Have you switched cameras to AUTO (A) on settings line. Is the sensitivity for motion turned on and set correctly =
1= very sensitive 9 = less sensitive.

Setting areas are shaded = no recording area
unshaded = recording area

Hope this helps - good luck.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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    Raygin Nov 05, 2009

    Chucho 777

    Have you made your own password?

    if not the default password is, press channel 1 - 6 times


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Hello, My SWann DVR4-Model is blocked and I do not remember the key. That I can do to unblock her. Thank you.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009


You have to make sure you are in the right menu setting on the DVRs they can be a little more tricky when it come to changing settings. You need to find the the motion detection trigger and set the alarm time on it. That is the amount of time the camera rtecords after it is triggered. If that is not set the DVR will continously run by default.
Problem 2 you should probally swap out the HDD, it sounds like it could be bad, or the setting are not done correct. If I am not mistaken the motion detection on the Swan is integrated and probally is not the best choice for a surveillance DVR. If it were my system I would send it back to the dealer in exchange for a new one. The DVRs are supposed to be bomb proof and user friendly. Sorry I dont have any more info for ya.

Posted on Mar 21, 2008

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