Does the Hopper have both and eSATA and USB hook up?

MikeMoss

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Hi

I"m finally going to get a hard drive to hook up to my Hopper before it dies.

I'm looking at a Western Digital My Book AV DVR Expander.

I notice that they recommend hooking to DVRs using an eSATA cable which is included with the drive, rather then USB.

Does the Hopper have an eSATA input?

Can I specify that I want a Hopper 3 when I talk to them, I've read on this forum that the search function works much better.

To tell the truth my current Hopper (the second one I've had) has been glitchy from the start doing a lot of crazy things.

Now it just goes to black and I have to unplug it and go through the setup routine several times a day.

Why do the Dish boxes fail so often, my TVs, Tuners, and other electronics last for many years, these things seem to fail regularly, I've been a dish user for at least 15 years and I don't remember how many of these things I've gone through..

Mike
 
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Bobby

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You must use USB, that's the only way it works. If you don't have a Hopper 3 today it will be an upgrade to get one. There may be charges and very definitely a 2year commitment to get one.
 

MikeMoss

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Thanks for the information

I'll have to see if the drive comes with the appropriate USB cable or if I have to get one separately, the description seemed to indicate that most new DVRs don't come with a USB connection anymore.

I'm not sure what Hopper I have but I'm pretty sure it is't the latest even though it's less then two years since the last one failed and was replaced with this one.

I've been a Dish customer for so long they should trust me by now.
Usually if I argue with them they give me a discount of some kind.
I already have Comcast in the house for my internet so I just threaten to switch.

Mike
 

littlecloud319

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May 22, 2017
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Hi

I"m finally going to get a hard drive to hook up to my Hopper before it dies.

I'm looking at a Western Digital My Book AV DVR Expander.

I notice that they recommend hooking to DVRs using an eSATA cable which is included with the drive, rather then USB.

Does the Hopper have an eSATA input?

Can I specify that I want a Hopper 3 when I talk to them, I've read on this forum that the search function works much better.

To tell the truth my current Hopper (the second one I've had) has been glitchy from the start doing a lot of crazy things.

Now it just goes to black and I have to unplug it and go through the setup routine several times a day.

Why do the Dish boxes fail so often, my TVs, Tuners, and other electronics last for many years, these things seem to fail regularly, I've been a dish user for at least 15 years and I don't remember how many of these things I've gone through..

Mike
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Cheddar_Head

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Is your equipment in a cabinet? Lots of problems with heat causing premature failure of DVRs not just Dish's. Some people resort to one of the generic laptop coolers to make sure their Hopper stays cool.
 
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Hall

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I'm looking at a Western Digital My Book AV DVR Expander.
Quickly Googling those, it looks like Western Digital makes these "special" models and pretend they work with DVRs (better ?). The ones I saw - Amazon, Walmart, etc are all "out of stock" of them too - are expensive.

You need nothing like these. You can go to Walmart, Best Buy, etc, etc and get a simple, USB hard drive that will work just fine. Stay 2TB and under for compatibility. A 1TB drive from Walmart will run you in the $65 range while a 2TB is around $80.
 

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