Hopper 3 External Drives


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SatelliteGuys Pro
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Jul 31, 2012
NE Illinois
I have a few questions about attaching external drives to my Hopper 3.
1.) What is the largest drive that I can use?
2.) How many drives can be used at the same time?
3.) Can I use folders on EHDs?
4.) What RAID types, if any, can I use? My wife would not be happy if a drive failure blew away her movies.


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Oct 19, 2004
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Dish EHD OS recognizes external drives up to 2 TB. Some have reported success with larger drives others have reported lack of success, must have its own power supply..
Hopper 3 can recognize 2 EHDs.
Folders, not on the EHD.
I believe RAID 1 is supported.


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Nov 21, 2004
Lubbock, Tx
I have 3 EHDs on my Hopper 3. Most times they are all recognized. Every so often, the 3 are recognized but some recordings are not. A reboot is needed to get them to be playable.
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Yep. No more “EHD 1” or such. Many of us know this is an easy fix. I gave up hope. And a directory of EHD contents would be nice. Printable.

I started programming in Mint a program to list EHD contents. Not hard. Just LS/list and read the first few characters. I don’t remember the exact setup. Then I could move it to Windows.

But I have no time. I must be in the office ten hours a day. Plus commute. I realized this project won’t get done until I retire. And it might be OBE by then.

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