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Requirements

For an External Hard Drive to be compatible with a DISH HD receiver, it must meet the following requirements:

  • Have its own power supply
  • Be between 50GB and 2TB in size
  • Have a single disk drive (flash memory is not compatible)

Your DISH receiver must be one of the receiver models listed below. If you are not sure what receiver model you have, check the name on the front of your receiver or go to mydish.com/myequipment.

  • Hopper 3
  • Hopper w/ Sling
  • Hopper
  • Wally
  • 922
  • 722k
  • 722
  • 622
  • 612
  • 211z
  • 211k
  • 211

Set Up Your External Hard Drive

With your TV and DISH receiver powered on, use a USB cable to connect your External Hard Drive to your DISH receiver.

If you have a Hopper 3, Hopper w/ Sling, Hopper or 922, simply select "OK" on the on-screen pop-up message to complete the setup process.

For other DISH receivers, follow the appropriate instructions to complete the setup process:

Add DVR Service

An External Hard Drive (EHD) can also be used to turn compatible HD receivers (Wally, 211z, 211k, 211) into an HD DVR. After adding your 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.

Once activation has been completed, DVR functionality will be accessible through your receiver's Menu screen.

External Hard Drive Receiver Compatibility

The External Hard Drive must be reformatted if it is swapped to a different account, which will cause all DVR recordings to be deleted. It can be swapped to other receivers on the same account without losing DVR recordings. Use the grid to determine compatibility between receivers on the same account.

  Destination
Source Hopper 3 Hopper w/ Sling Hopper Wally 922 722k 722 622 612 211k 211z 211
Hopper 3 x x x - x x x x x - - -
Hopper w/ Sling x x x - x x x x x - - -
Hopper x x x - x x x x x - - -
Wally - - - x - - - - - x x x
922 x x x - x x x x x - - -
722k x x x - x x x x x - - -
722 x x x - x x x x x - - -
622 x x x - x x x x x - - -
612 x x x - x x x x x - - -
211k - - - x - - - - - x x x
211z - - - x - - - - - x x x
211 - - - x - - - - - x x x