Yes, the USB drive is required. It does upload the footage but you need the usb drive still.
In addition to it, how much storage do I need for Sentry mode?
Although, how do I set my USB to Sentry mode? Once you have a formatted drive, simply insert it into the front USB port in your Tesla. The rear USB ports (Model 3) do not work with Dashcam/Sentry Mode. You will know that your USB drive is properly being read when a camera icon with a red dot appears on your center screen.
By no means, where do you plug the USB in a Tesla Model 3?
The Tesla Model 3 is equipped with two USB charge ports in the center console that can be used with Tesla's included wired phone charging system or combined with an aftermarket wireless phone charging pad.
How do I format a flash drive for Tesla dashcam?
With the drive inserted and no other connections to the 2nd USB port, select Controls > Safety & Security, and then FORMAT USB DEVICE. This will erase the drive contents, formats, and inserts the necessary folder for the dashcam feature.
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It is mentioned in the above content that a photo stick is just a flash-drive-shape device. That is, the photo stick looks very similar to a USB flash drive. The biggest difference is the data transfer port. Usually, there is only one USB-A port for connecting the USB flash drive and computers.
In terms of USB 2.0 vs 3.0 speed, USB 3.0 offers superior speed and a higher efficiency power management compared to the more common USB 2.0. Also, USB 3.0 ports are backward compatible. But, when a USB 3.0 device is connected to a USB 2.0 port, the data transfer speeds will be limited to USB 2.0 levels.
You plug the flash drive into your computer's USB port, and copy files onto it. Flash drives are less permanent than CDs and DVDs, since they operate more like hard drives. The best part about them is their portability. Consider using one to carry photos over to a friend's house instead of a permanent backup device.