Backup To External Hard Drive. Is It Possible? (1 Viewer)

legends92

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I just purchased a 2TB External hard drive to connect to my 622. Is it possible to make a backup of a recording from the receiver to the external hard drive? I went to Dish’s website and the only information I found is how to transfer recordings from the receiver to external hard drive.
 

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There is no fee for the 622, but otherwise yes, no ability to make copies, just transfer.
 

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I guess in a pinch, you could take the drive after moving the recordings to it, and clone it to another drive with a pc and cloning software that doesn't care about format, if you really want a "backup".
 

legends92

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I guess in a pinch, you could take the drive after moving the recordings to it, and clone it to another drive with a pc and cloning software that doesn't care about format, if you really want a "backup".

Thanks for the suggestion. I bought the drive to free up space and have backups of recordings just in case the internal drive goes bad. It's kind of a bummer Dish doesn't let you do backups.
 

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I guess in a pinch, you could take the drive after moving the recordings to it, and clone it to another drive with a pc and cloning software that doesn't care about format, if you really want a "backup".

That's actually not a bad idea. Could use a Linux live distro and perform this easily using dd. Would probably make the most sense after filling an EHD, and simply clone it to another EHD of the same size.
 

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Someone should test a cloned EHD to see if the receiver still recognizes it. I don't see why it shouldn't.
 

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Old news...2TB is now supported on most, if not all models now.

EDIT: I'm too slow on the draw...didn't see the 2nd page.
 

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I let the receiver format my blank/new disk, and then used Linux to rsync the DishArc folders. This has two main advantages over dd; you don't have to have the same size drives and you won't be copying empty sectors. You can also use cp or drag/drop in a gui, but this seems to mess up the ownership and require more fiddling to fix it (via chown).
 

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I think that you can just use the simple clone no matter whether it's a MS or Linux machine. It's just making a copy of a drive as long as they are the same size.
 

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