Hi guys brand new to the forum so my apologies if this question has been answered elsewhere ... I did try to search the forum for an answer to this specific question but I will be the first one to admit that my search skills are awful I just got off the phone with direct tv's technical support regarding their newest version of the Genie, which has a 2 TB hard drive installed in it. The tech support agent insists that this particular version of genie will NOT support external hard drives via an Esata connection.. if that's true that would be a real bummer (was hoping to attach at least a 3 TB external sata hard drive to it) .. basically the tech support agent says Direct TV has been getting flak re: people who are somehow transferring the tv shows off the external hard drive so Direct TV is starting to "phase out support" for external hard drives (which would REALLY suck if that's true ) ... So I was wondering.. does anyone have the newest 2TB internal hard drive version of genie? (which I have not yet upgraded to myself, considering doing it despite the two year contract genie will stick me with in order to get it for free). If so, has anyone successfully attached an external hard drive to it? Currently I have the "old school" HR-24 model which I was planning on attaching the following hard drive to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LOOJ8VC/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=INYH6KIWSJ9G9&colid=LRYM2128IT1F (" Seagate SkyHawk 3TB Surveillance Hard Drive - SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Drive (model number ST3000VX010) " ) inside the following enclosure https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KGNXTE/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I17J313VLPWE39&colid=LRYM2128IT1F ( " Rosewill 3.5 Inch Hard Drive Enclosure to USB 3.0 / eSATA. External Hard Drive Case Aluminum Body, Built-in Cooling Fan and Fan Switch. Support 3.5” SATA III / II / I Hard Drive up to 6TB and UASP function, model number RX-358 U3C BLK) Based on what I saw on previous threads apparently my old HR-24 would only "see" 2 TB of the hard drive but would "cooperate" with it anyways (fingers crossed ) despite it being over 2 TB... the eventual goal being to transfer this hard drive/enclosure over to the genie when I decide to pull the trigger and agree to the 2 year commitment. Apologies if I've unwittingly violated any of the forum rules and guidelines here , like I said new to the forum Also want to give a shout-out to the incredibly helpful people here on this forum, I have learned SO much from simply reading the existing threads on here re: attaching external hard drives... greatly appreciated !