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External Hard Drive

Need an external hard drive? Click here to purchase one online at a special deal for DISH customers.

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Free DVR Storage
Add DVR Service
Access Your External Hard Drive from Your Receiver
Transfer Recordings from Your Receiver to Your External Hard Drive
Transfer Recordings from Your External Hard Drive to Your Receiver
Watch and Delete Recordings from Your External Hard Drive

Free DVR Storage

Once you add an External Hard Drive to your DVR, you have the ability to transfer recordings from one HD DVR receiver on your account to another, or you can store your favorite shows and movies on your External Hard Drive to free up your DVR storage space. This feature is free and makes upgrading your TV experience easy and affordable.

Compatible receiver models: 612, 622, 722, 722k, 922 and Hopper

To determine if you have a compatible receiver, check the model name on the front of your receiver or go to mydish.com/myequipment.

For instructions on how to connect an external hard drive, visit External Hard Drive Setup Flows: 612/622/722/722k or 922/Hopper.

Add DVR Service

An external hard drive can also be used to turn your HD receiver into an HD DVR. Once you purchase an external hard drive, call us to activate it and add the “External Hard Drive DVR Service” to your account. A one-time $40 activation fee applies. For information on how to use a DVR, review the Create Timers instructions.

Once your external hard drive has been activated, access your DVR recordings by pressing the DVR button on your remote or by pressing the Menu button on your remote, selecting "My DVR" and then selecting "My Recordings."

Compatible receiver models: 211, 211k and 411

To determine if you have a compatible receiver, check the model name on the front of your receiver or go to mydish.com/myequipment.

For instructions on how to connect an external hard drive, visit External Hard Drive Setup Flows: 211/211k/411.

Access Your External Hard Drive from Your Receiver

From 612, 622, 722 or 722k

  1. Press MENU on your DISH remote control, select "Multimedia," and then select "My Media"

    Multimedia - External USB Devices

From 922 or Hopper

  1. Press MENU on your DISH remote control and then select "Recordings Transfer" (922) or "External Hard Drive" (Hopper).

Transfer Recordings from Your Receiver to Your External Hard Drive

From 612, 622, 722 or 722k

  1. Access your External Hard Drive as shown above
  2. Select "Send to Device"

    MyMedia - Send to Device
  3. Highlight and select each recording you want to transfer to your external hard drive. Once selected, the desired events will have a purple box to the left. After every event has been selected, select "To Archive" to transfer the recordings

    My Media - Archive

From 922 or Hopper

  1. Access your External Hard Drive as shown above
  2. Select the device you want to transfer recordings from ("External Device" is your external hard drive). Next, select the device you want to transfer recordings to. Follow the on-screen instructions

Transfer Recordings from Your External Hard Drive to Your Receiver

From 612, 622, 722 or 722k

  1. Access your External Hard Drive as shown above
  2. Select "Manage Device"

    My Media - Manage Device
  3. Highlight and select each recording you want to transfer to your receiver. Once selected, the desired events will have a purple box to the left. After every event has been selected, select "Restore" to transfer the recordings

    My Media - Restore
  4. Events that are transferred from your external hard drive back to your DISH receiver are automatically marked as Protected. This will prevent the recording from being overwritten if your receiver's hard drive becomes full. To unprotect the event, select it in your My Recordings screen and select "Unprotect"

From 922 or Hopper

  1. Access your External Hard Drive as shown above
  2. Select the device you want to transfer recordings from. Next, select the device you want to transfer recordings to ("External Device" is your external hard drive). Follow the on-screen instructions

Watch and Delete Recordings from Your External Hard Drive

From 612, 622, 722 or 722k

  1. Access your External Hard Drive as shown above
  2. Select "Manage Device"

    My Media - Manage Device
  3. Highlight and select a recording you want to play or delete. Once selected, the desired event will have a purple gem to the left. Select "Play" to view the event, or "Delete" to permanently delete it

    My Media - Delete

From 922 or Hopper

  1. Press DVR on your remote
  2. Select your external device. All recordings stored on your external hard drive will display. You can play them back directly from your external hard drive or delete certain recordings