Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Granite Bay, CA
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I, too, am enjoying the VIP211 DVR with a 750GB drive. Although all name brand drives are supposed to work, I initially installed a new Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus by Seagate, called Tech Support for activation, then waited for the reformat/restart/reload program guide sequence to complete. However, this never did complete successfully. After 4 long calls to Tech Support, three of which were not satisfactory for various reasons, I then realized I had a faulty hard drive. The final technician was actually quite competent and decided on his own to waive the $40 activation fee.
I then returned the drive to Costco and picked up a Maxtor OneTouch4. This drive has only USB2.0, whereas the OneTouch4 Plus has firewire and USB2.0. The drive installed successfully, but I'm not sure why the previous one did not.
Anyway, the VIP211 DVR seems to work almost exactly like the VIP722 (less one SAT tuner), allowing me to now record two OTA programs simultaneously in different rooms. I know I cannot plug this drive into the 722 without reformating (the VIP722 EHD is for archiving, whereas the VIP211 EHD is a true DVR), but no worries. This was a smart move by DISH.