Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Irwin, Pa USA 15642 (near Pittsburgh)
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Dish Network receivers and External hard drive capabilities
I have a VIP 722 K dvr from Dish network and am interested in their "hopper" but am very confused about the off receiver storage capability. My VIP can connect to a usb hard drive (formatted to their format) to store tv shows, movies or any recorded material from Dish Network. I can retrieve any program and store any other program. The Hopper has a different "format" I guess but they (Dish) tell me that it can use an external drive but the two formats are (maybe) not compatable and they tell you to download to the hopper all your stored programs then let it format the hard drive and I guess then start using it for new storage. On the dish site they have conflicting info about external hard drives. One page shows no compatability yet another page says Hopper is compatable. I need to contact someone who has had a VIP 722K with an external HD and moved to Hopper to be sure it will work like the vip with an external drive. I just bought two, 2 terrabyte drives and have my stuff stored on them and although willing to download, format and reupload if needed to use them with a hopper, I do not want to take any chance of losing my recordings or this archiving capability. Any one with experience with VIP722K and external hard drives who "Upgraded" to hopper out there?