Howdy ... I'm posting this for the potential benefit to newbies like myself who are casting around for an external hard drive (EHD) for their 211K. More experienced types won't find anything interesting here. I purchased a Western Digital hard drive (WDBACW0010HBK-NESN) yesterday for $69 at a local big box store that gives a fifteen day satisfaction guarantee. So far (one day ... ha!), so good. Its specifications accord with Dish's: 1 TB (you can find threads suggesting a larger hard drive will work); external power source; USB 2 compatible. Potential buyers can run a Google search on the model number, as I did, and find there are 211K owners who like this EHD. And, of course, a Google search will also reveal owners (a minority) who disliked it so much they threw it off a cliff. I installed it per Dish's instructions: http://www.mydish.com/support/setup-211-211k-411 My experience connecting the thing did not precisely match what Dish lays out in the page above, but it was close enough. The 211K recognized there was an EHD connected to it, I got a "call this number" message, I took a deep breath ... and called. Dish's automated message offered technical support (no no don't choose that!) and customer support (see previous parentheses!) and something like "add new service" (choose that). Then there was a "Are you foolish enough to want to activate an external hard drive?" option. I agreed I was that foolish. Then there was a "This will cost you $40 and no end of costs to be specified at a later date that will bankrupt you" option. I chose that. [NB: One thing everyone can agree upon is that Dish is reallllllllly good at collecting money. That $40 is gone baby gone on my credit card balance this morning]. I hung up. I got a beer out of the fridge. I went back to the TV. Screen messages guided me through formatting the EHD and rebooting the 211K. It all worked on the order of twenty minutes max. I fetched another beer. I like beer. I've done some recording of "live" television. That worked without messing up what I've come to expect in terms of picture quality (you can find threads suggesting EHD connection to a 211K and other receivers will in fact mess up picture quality). I set up to record a program after I'd gone off to practice my snoring. It recorded. Functions like "pause," "skip ahead," and so on likewise are all working. I've checked out the "on demand" stuff that Dish's website suggests ("suggests" is a word invented by weasels) will become magically available with the activation of an EHD. Uh, what "on demand" stuff? That's still a work in progress. I've got a wifi broadband set up in the house. My 211K says it knows it's connected broadband. The Dish website suggests a broadband connection will dazzle me. See previous comment on "suggests," weasels, etc. If you look at other threads on the topic, you'll see some questions about whether Dish's activation of an EHD applies to this receiver in a household, that receiver in a household, or all receivers in a household. Can't help you. I've got two 211Ks. The EHD is connected to one of them. It works. I ain't gonna disconnect it and try it on the other. So far as this hard drive goes ... I like it! I wanted something inexpensive and it is. I wanted something small and it is. I wanted something quiet and it sort of is. My brother has a Dish DVR receiver (can't remember which one). It's so noisy, it unhinges my brain. True, my hinges are pretty loose. This Western Digital model makes about as much noise as my little Toshiba notebook computer. Not too bad at all, a small fraction (maybe 1/10th) of my brother's Dish DVR receiver. As I wrote above, the local big box store gives a fifteen day satisfaction guarantee. Man am I gonna put this thing through the ringer. Will report the results if there's anything interesting. Otherwise ... I hope some other newbie out there might've found this post useful.