I'm wanting to upgrade to The Hopper, but like others have many, many, many hours of content recorded on my old SD DVR 625. I have searched this forum and others before and had determined that a hard drive download with the USB port on the 625 was impossible because Dish didn't ever really activate the USB's on the 625. Well, we've now moved into a new house and during the move the local Dish tech that did the move setup indicated that yes, the 625 would download to external hard drive and whether the USB was activated was determined by how the port was oriented. I can't remember which was which but horizontal meant "no you couldn't" and vertical meant "yes you could" or vice versa. I haven't tried it yet because I don't have a spare hard drive but I tend to think if it was true I'd be able to find some support for his statement somewhere online. Would appreciate any responses, comments or suggestions before I eventually drop a C note on another external drive and give it a shot. Thanks in advance.