you have to call dish to pay the one time fee of $5.00 1st. then you have to use an external hard drive not a laptop . When you hook the hard drive up to the DVR with a usb cord it will ask to format your hard drive each to you hook them up. making it impossiable to download only a few movies at a time. if your going to do this make sure your Dish DVR is full 1st.
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Super Dish Installer is correct... In addition, If you have a HD DVR receiver now there is NO activation fee for an external hard drive. If you have a VIP211 receiver there would be a 1 time activation fee of $40. I wish the tech's and FSM's would stick to installing and quit giving false information to customers.
if you have a 510/512/625 receiver, you cant enable the USB port to attach an external hard drive to it.
You must have a 622/722/922 receiver to attach an external hard drive to the front or back USB port. no activation usb port fee. The external hard drive must be a 2.0/3.0 (750 GB or less or 2 TB or more ) external hard drive w/ a power adapter. you can transfer movies onto the external hard drive but you can t take the hard drive and connect it to your pc for playback.