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Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by HD IS MY LIFE, Mar 15, 2012.
That's correct. Perhaps, 'managing' would be more correct word.
SmartWare is the necessary software.
This set-up is huge, I wish I had known about this b4 i leased my pos hr-34 & another 2-yr committment, argh.
If I had a wish, I'd use it for something better than that!
One tip though, you can shave a little from the end of you DTV deal. When I was running DTV for the Sunday Ticket, they let me put my account in vacation mode off season, while counts as part of the 2 years. If they still let you do that, it might help.
OK, after digging through the WD site and doing all the tech research, I have an EHD that is so old that they don't have support/software to turn off the spindown.
My wife and I decided that we aren't going to worry about it. All it takes is to get the EHD to spin up when it doesn't show on the Hopper/Joey, then the Hopper will recognize for the rest of the day.
Hopefully Dish will come up with an update that fixes it. I don't see the need to replace the drive since it does work. I will just continue to use it until it needs to be replaced. Then I'll get one with more storage. I will also probably put a USB hub on the Hopper and hook up my other drive too.
Anyone know what the max external hard drive size is for the Hopper?
Manual says 2TB.
Everyone knows- it is 2 TB.
...and it combines the internal and external, so total of 4 TB?
The customer only gets control of 1 TB of the internal hard drive. The other half is used for VOD and PrimeTime Anytime.
It is also not a combined space.
he could get many more TB if he wish, at least simultaneously four EHD by 2TB each using simple USB 2.0 hub; if you'll count offline EHD boxes, then the sly is limit .. and his pocket eventually
Should 4 drives work with the current firmware through a USB hub? I've tried 4, but I can only see the content from 2 of them to play. I can see all 4 from the transfer menu though. I tried a USB 2.0 hub and then a USB powered 3.0 hub. Same deal with both. One or more drives will disappear after a while. Wouldn't disabling the spin down continue to use power when they are just sitting there?
That's the reason. Disable the feature first and check if after that all four will stay.
Perhaps old bug in ViP line come back - older FW didn't handle EHD if HDD did spin down. But it has been fixed before h2k ...
Sorry, I guess I should've phrased my question more generically?
What are the expansion capabilities of the hopper?
From reading the posts so far, you lose the 1 TB they give you if you expand, you can add somewhere between 2 and 4 2 TB external USB hard drives.
Can you add an esata drive? Does that affect the USB capabilities? Do you lose 1 TB of the added drives?
only gain, nothing to lose
EHD is archive type, recordings exist only in one instance
EHD drives could be 2 TB max
but you could have many EHDs
using four simultaneously connected
So Hopper includes 1 TB usable, you can add 4 USB drives (with USB Hub) at 2 TB each, so 9 TB usable online? (Don't care about archiving.)
I think you are missing what P Smith was saying about "archiving"...
Dish EHDs are additional storage from that on the DVR itself... but recordings can't be copied, only moved... so the EHDs are "archive" drives by that operation.
You can playback from the EHD without restoring to the DVR itself... but you can't record directly to them. You have to record to the DVR internal drive, then move them off to an archive drive.
Spin down aside, I don't think 4 drives work. Only 2 show up on mine, except for the transfer screen.
If the disabling spin down continues to use power, I would never do that. I'm just not a waster. These drives worked fine for years on the 622s I have. The power down to near zero power consumption when idle.
Then you should wait for new version with the bug fixed ...
I hope it gets fixed. These are just two bugs so far. The transfers between drives and the Hopper trashed a bunch of recordings I had, so that is a third big bug. I was just doing what I thought was housekeeping. I'm just going back to plugging in one drive at a time for the near future, then not doing any moves.