I want to record to a external hard drive in order to take to Ira
I work in Baghdad Iraq. I began service with Direct TV because someone there told my wife I would be able to transfer TV from their DVR to an external hard drive for later viewing on my PC. After getting everything I thought was needed I found out what I wanted to do was not possible. Is there any way to transfer recordings from the DVR onto an external hard drive so my wife can record to and mail me the external hard drive so I can watch what is on the external hard drive?
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If you have a dish network system as listed in post a DVR 625 this is NOT possible, it will only work with VIP series Dish Network recivers. and they must be used on teh same model reciever such as Vip 722, tranfer to EXT HD then Watch on another 722!
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Any external USB hard drive that uses a 3.5" hard drive (the larger drives they use in desktops) will work. These all come with an external power adapter you must plug into the wall.
The external hard drive units that use the smaller 2.5" hard drives are the ones they use in laptops. These require much less power, and can be powered by the PC's USB port although some do come with an optional power adapter. However the Dish receiver does not send enough power to its USB port to power the hard drive, which is why the tech told you to get one that has an external power supply.
Even then the DVR uses a drive format that your computer may not recognize. I don't know if there are tools out there that will let you connect a hard drive from a DVR, read and convert the TV shows stored there.
Another option is to buy a DVD recorder. This is like a VCR, only it uses a DVD disc and not a video tape. Connect the DVD recorder to the outputs on the DVR, and then set the DVD recorder so it will record from its input. (on my DVD recorder this is "IN2")
Put a blank DVD into the DVD recorder, start playing a show on the DVR, and hit record on the DVD recorder. When the show is finished, hit stop on the DVD recorder to stop recording. The advantage here is you can then play this DVD on any DVD drive. The disadvantage is DVD recorders only record in non-HD. You can still play a show in HD, but the recording you get won't be in HD. Also, the show has to record in real time. So if it's a 60 minute episode, it will take 60 minutes to record.
The might problen might've occurred becouse of your location that you are in, the camera/phone is American made so it is set to US time zones, to fix this problem make sure the dates on both the camera and phone are the same time and make sure they are set to the appropriate time zones, any questions, contact me
Hello, this is Matthew Gonzales with DISH Network. If the hard drive on the receiver is faulty, there is no way we can guarantee the recordings would be able to be transferred off the receiver. However, if you wish to back up recordings in the future, you can hook up an external hard drive to the unit, it is a one time $40 fee to activate the service on the account. With an external hard drive, you can transfer your recordings from the receiver to the EHD, that way in the future if the receiver goes bad, you have the recordings on the external hard drive. Hope this helps.
It sounds as if your going to need to replace the receiver as the hard drive has an error on it. I assume you can record live TV. There are also few 510's in the Dish Network service area throughout the country so my suggestion is to have Dish send the receiver to your home as opposed to creating a work order for a technician to come to your home as it will be hard to ensure you get the 510 back.If you decide to upgrade to a HD receiver try to get a model that does not have the internal hard drive but also has the expansion port on it. There is a one time fee to activate this port of 39.99. This amount will be recovered in the first year by using an external hard drive eliminating the 5.99 DVR fee every month. This option also allows you to have better control of your recordings and makes them portable. They also will not be lost by replacing the receiver. If you are a real big tv fan check out the sling box offers. Thanks for using Fix Ya.