That's urban legend - I posted full info about partitions and how the recordings do occupy drive space. Also provided some info how QUOTA manager control the space.garys said:Hopper has a 2T hard drive built into the receiver and should be able to record over 2,000 hours. PTAT has it's own partition on the hard drive. You have plenty of time to use the system and figure out what you may need since it will take you a while to fill the internal HD. The Hopper will work with EHD's up to 2T.
You can't use EHD for automated recordings like PTA or timers. Its size limited to 2 TB, but using a hub you could use up to four of such EHD (8 TB total).Janeen said:How big of an external Hard Drive should I have to connect to the Hopper to record all the Prime Time Shows? Would 1T do it?
You can't use EHD for automated recordings like PTA or timers. Its size limited to 2 TB, but using a hub you could use up to four of such EHD (8 TB total).
PTA recordings will be on internal 2 TB drive. Later you can manually transfer saves parts (shows) from PTA to EHD.
That's correct. Again.Janeen said:Thanks for the responses, but now I think I am even more confused, lol.
The first person at DISH I talked to about the Hopper told me IF I had an External Hard Drive I could choose the option to - between the hours of 7-10 (prime time in CST) record ALL the programs on ABC, CBS, NBS, & FOX. So, she made it sound as if I could only do that with an EHD.
So, you guys are saying I don't have to have the EHD unless I wish to save any or all of the shows taped on the Hopper?
In other words, I don't have to go run out and buy an EHD once I get the Hopper?
Oh and by the way, big surprise (NOT) they didn't show up today and won't be coming until Tues.
Does anyone have this and is it worth it?
You are correct on all points. As others have already said, Joey can schedule and view recordings but has no recording capability by itself.Janeen said:Well the woman told me the Joey could also record, but was she meaning it could record as you are watching? Because that would defeat the purpose. So, I can request two Hoppers and then he could record his own shows and me mine and we could still watch Live TV while taping on both of them and then have the Joey in a spare room for someone else to watch a different program than the ones we were taping and watching?
Acccckkkkk! Maybe I should just switch to Direct TV, they say you can record up to five programs at once.
If I am using the Prime Time feature, can I still record two OTHER channels at the same time?
Janeen said:"one hopper can record 6 at once using PTAT or 3 at once without PTAT."
So, I could record three programs at once BUT those three programs would be playing on each one of the televisions. BUT, if I were to only be taping two programs, then the third TV could be independently watching another program live? If that is the case, excluding the PTAT, I could do that now if I were to just get another HD Receiver for the DH to watch his FOX News. Because with the VIP722K I can tape two shows, but have to be watching one. Well I have enough recorded that I can always have the recorder going while I watch a pre-recorded program.
With the PTAT in the picture, that means I could still tape say Bravo AND TNT at the same time the system is recording the PTAT? But, of course I would have to be watching one of the programs on all three of the TV's?[/QUOTE]
If recording 3 events at once or 6 using PTAT (only during prime time hours), each location has access to any of those recordings as they record or to any previously stored recordings. If you want a 4th tuner available at any of your 3 locations while those 3 or 6 events are recording, a second Hopper would be needed. As a poster noted 2nd Hopper is $99 up front cost, but same monthly as Joey at $7 - A huge bargain as Joey can access either Hopper's contents, but has no tuner of it's own and either Hopper can also access either Hopper's recordings (but not its tuners).
Hope this helps.