DVR to hard drive

Discussion in 'Other HD Receiver Support Forum (811, 921, 942)' started by barb1236, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. barb1236

    barb1236 New Member

    Aug 14, 2009
    Have a dish dvr VIP622 and bought a 250g hard drive to record programs on that are recorded on the dvr. The dvr doesn't recognize the hard drive. Strange because I can put in a flash drive and it recognizes that I have put something in the usb port.

    What must I do to get the hard drive recognized by the dvr and then record from the dvr to the hard drive?:(:rolleyes:)
  2. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Kansas City KS
    You have to call Dish and have that option added (and pay the $40 fee to do so).
  3. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    It recognizes a flash drive because you can put pictures off a flash drive onto the DVR's drive.

    Also the EHD has to be reformatted (if this is a used drive with FAT or NTFS it will have to be wiped and reformatted to Dish' specifications). This will happen automatically after you agree to pay the one time $39.95 fee. The 800# to call shows up on the screen saver as one of the messages that float across the screen when the 622 is turned off.

    Not all EHD's are compatible with a ViP DVR. I use a Seagate 1.5TB (which is larger than they recommend but it works). A compatible drive has to be fast enough to playback programming directly off the drive. It also has to be a single platter drive (i.e. not spanned). If you record mainly HD programming a 250gb drive will fill up before you know it.
  4. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

    Jul 25, 2002
    E.Mdtrn Sea
    "It also has to be a single platter drive " -> quite incorrect.

    Should be stated as single LUN drive, ie one spindle type.

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