When I spoke to the tech on the phone I specifically requested if they have to change my H3, I would only accept a brand new one not a refurbished. The gentleman I spoke with guaranteed me that he was adding something to the ticket that stated I would only accept a new H3 if necessary to replace it.As annoying as Dish remans can be, chances are it's going to work fine. If not, technicians tend to keep backups.
If you insist on having new, make sure to mention that to customer service or the technician will likely not have new on them.
That being said, please don't give the technician a hard time about it, it isn't up to us to determine what to give you. We get what we get.
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There is no best.Which EHD is the best for the Hopper 3. I forgot to ask that question. Sorry about that!!!
It's not necessary, but recommended since EHD's that get external power usually perform better. Once the H3/Wally generation of receivers launched external power was no longer listed as a requirement for compatibility, if I were to guess it was because modern EHD are a little more efficient and/or newer receivers can provide more power on their USB portsAccording to myDish, there is not a requirement for the EHD to have its own power supply.
So is it still a good idea to use a powered EHD?It's not necessary, but recommended since EHD's that get external power usually perform better. Once the H3/Wally generation of receivers launched external power was no longer listed as a requirement for compatibility, if I were to guess it was because modern EHD are a little more efficient and/or newer receivers can provide more power on their USB ports
Well, in my opinion it is. Especially if its a powered 3.5", even a 5400rpm disk will perform better than most 2.5" sized ones, unless you went SSD which is a horrible idea on a DVR. Is it a pain if you have more than one disk or have to tote it around with you if are an outdoors user? Maybe. But will it perform better when making a backup of your most indispensable recordings? Almost definitely.So is it still a good idea to use a powered EHD?
Good point as wellIf you would like to lessen the strain on the DISH receiver, yes!
I'm really not here to debate it, I simply pasted what Dish's own recommendations are. Regarding performance...I don't think an application that requires a USB 2.0-speed connection is that performance intensive. I mean, the internal drive on a Hopper 3 spins at 5900 rpm, not exactly pushing the limits of drive speeds in the last 10 years. Regarding "strain" on the receiver...isn't it pretty much the following: (a) how many amps can the USB ports on the receiver supply, and (b) how many amps does the attached USB-powered hard drive draw. If (a) is greater than (b) with some safety margin, the drive should work and not "strain" the receiver, one would think. For Dish's recommendations to be complete, this information should be specified. Maybe they figure if somebody attaches a USB-powered drive to a Hopper and it sits there and clicks instead of spinning up and causing the drive formatting prompt to appear, maybe they figure that the person will try a different drive.It's not necessary, but recommended since EHD's that get external power usually perform better.
I was one of them. But my USB2 My Passport caused my 612 to crash and reboot, whereas all my USB3 drives worked like gangbusters. I also connected an early SSD to an enclosure, and that also worked. As others have mentioned, the extra speed is completely unnecessary and just costs more for no reason.I believe people on here have posted their use of such drives as a WD My Passport 2TB or 3TB USB-powered portable drive on the Hoppers with good results, but I don't recall specifically.