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I am looking for information on putting a larger HD in a 501. I believe there is firmware on the HD that makes it difficult.
 

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As far as I know, it can't be done because the Hard Drive is married to the receiver. I have heard rumors of people figuring out a way but haven't seen anything absolutely substantiated.
 

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The rumours I've heard have involved a 501 that had NEVER been on the data stream. The guy supposedly swapped in the 80 B drive (thus making it a 508), and when he put it on the datastream, it upgraded. But all that is just a rumour).
 

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Is anything EVER easy to accomplish with Dish Network? LOL. I'm a loyal customer, but come on. We should all know by now.
 

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I had no problem by formating (in NTSF) the existing HD and getting it stream updated again.
I works like new !

On another machine I replaced the 40gig DH with a new 80gig like this:
Newegg.com - MAXTOR 4R080L0-QV Hard Drives
Worked fine as well.

I think you only have to stick with the same brand (Maxtor or Seagate).
Make sure you purchase a drive made for DVRs.
 
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