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I don't have an external HD yet for my 722, but is there a way that i cange the amout of sd to hd content I can record? It seems I have about 50 hours of HD, and like 250 hours of SD.

If I add an external drive, what will that give me, more HD, or SD. I now have 2 HDTV's only hooked up, so I will want more HD time
 

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forya said:
I don't have an external HD yet for my 722, but is there a way that i cange the amout of sd to hd content I can record? It seems I have about 50 hours of HD, and like 250 hours of SD.

If I add an external drive, what will that give me, more HD, or SD. I now have 2 HDTV's only hooked up, so I will want more HD time
That's an approximation based on the amount of free space available.
 

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IN terms of Disk usage it is a common pool. HD just takes up more space. It is 250 SD hours or 50 HD hours or a combination of both. These are estimates and actually usages numbers differ depending on the compression of the content you are storing.
 

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There is a single partition on the HDD for user recordings. The estimates of remaining recording time you see in MY Recordings are simply estimating how many hours of video can be stored on your HDD. It is broken down into SD and HD because HD takes up much more HDD space than SD. You don't have 50 hours of HD plus 250 hours of SD. It is the same space. It's just giving you some estimates. You could hold about 50 hours of HD or about 250 hours of SD but not both. Most likely you will record a combination of HD and SD. Check the numbers and record an HD program and you will see the SD estimate go down also.

The same is true for the EHD. It's just disk space used by any recording you make.
 

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the Vip Receivers will format the drive for you. It uses a Linux format not Windows. It is all or nothing. You cannot use the drive for other purposes.

The supported Maximum size for drives is 750GB. There are users that have used 1TB drives, but I always recommend going with smaller multiple drives because that way you would not get hosed if Dish decided to enforce that limit in software and two it does not put all of your eggs in one basket.
 

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No, there is no way to backup the programs. The only thing you can do is transfer programs between the external drive and the receiver's internal drive if you want for whatever reason. However, there is no benefit in doing that which I am aware of.
 

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No, there is no way to backup the programs. The only thing you can do is transfer programs between the external drive and the receiver's internal drive if you want for whatever reason. However, there is no benefit in doing that which I am aware of.
You can transfer either way. My 622 just blew the off air tuner. The HDMI had already gone so I got an exchange. Off loaded the drive from the old one to a 750 gig Maxtor and then transferred some of it back to the drive in the new unit. Seemed to go smoothly.
 
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