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Old 08-16-2007, 01:30 PM
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Default Need Advice About An External Hard Drive For My HD Dish Reciever

Dish Network has now added the capability of adding a USB 2.0 External Hard Drive. All they said was to get one with at least 40 GB. I admit I know nothing on this subject. They said they cost a little over a hundred dollars. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I need as much HD storage as possible without going broke. Thanks.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:05 PM
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You can get a 300GB drive for like $150 or so from Newegg. They're super cheap. Western Digital is a great brand. Seagate also makes quality drives.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:12 PM
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You can get a 300GB drive for like $150 or so from Newegg. They're super cheap. Western Digital is a great brand. Seagate also makes quality drives.
How can I tell how many hours of HD progamming it holds?
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I have a portable media drive that jacks into my computer.(It's a media PC) I'll give it a try tomorrow and let you know. I spoke to the Dish Network people today and they said it was pretty easy. I can't wait to get Oprah off my DVR and transfer it to my wife's computer!
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How can I tell how many hours of HD progamming it holds?
Well, the highest allowed bitrate for an HDTV broadcast is 19.4 Mbps (it's broadcast in MPEG-2, btw). Then you toss in Dolby Digital audio at 384 Kbps, bringing the total up to 19.775 Mbps, or 2.47 MB/s.

A 300 GiB (1 GiB = 1,000,000,000 bytes) is 279 GB, so that gives you 115743 seconds of video, or approximately 32 hours. I think my DVR has a 120GB drive in it, and it holds about 12 hours of HD video.

A 500 GiB drive would allow you 53 hours or so.

That assumes the broadcast uses the maximum allowed bitrate, which may or may not be the case. You won't get less than those numbers there. You could get more if the bitrate is less than 19.4 Mbps.
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Thanks guys. My DVR has a 320 GB hard drive, and can record up to 30 hours of HD, so your estimate sounds right Aurora. Now, is speed a concern or does the DVR control that? This is what I am looking at: http://www.amazon.com/500GB-Elements...385750-9744713

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I once used the firewire cable to record live HD video from my Comcast box on my laptop, and the laptop drive wasn't fast enough to keep up with the video. It came out all jerky and jittery. The laptop harddrive is only 5400 RPM, so that was likely the problem. A 7200 RPM drive should be fast enough. USB 2.0 can definitely pull enough effective bandwith to make sure that nothing goes wrong.

That one you have there looks pretty good.
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And girl.

I once used the firewire cable to record live HD video from my Comcast box on my laptop, and the laptop drive wasn't fast enough to keep up with the video. It came out all jerky and jittery. The laptop harddrive is only 5400 RPM, so that was likely the problem. A 7200 RPM drive should be fast enough. USB 2.0 can definitely pull enough effective bandwith to make sure that nothing goes wrong.

That one you have there looks pretty good.
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I was looking into getting a Westen Digital 750GB (model WDG1C7500)external hard drive, would this one be a good choice? I wanted to use a 1 terabyte HDD, but according to Dish anything larger than 750GB is not supported.


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I was looking into getting a Westen Digital 750GB (model WDG1C7500)external hard drive, would this one be a good choice? I wanted to use a 1 terabyte HDD, but according to Dish anything larger than 750GB is not supported.


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I was looking at one, but funds at this time did not allow it. Dish needs to iron out their bugs about activating it. Everytime I want to use it, I have to reboot it. They needed to educate their staff more before deploying this new service.
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