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How to watch programs recorded using an external hard drive from Dish Network VI

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August 19, 2012 5:31:54 PM

Hellow,
I transferred some shows recorded on the Dish Network VIP 612 DVR to a Fantom HD USB drive. I want to watch this program on my TV or laptop. When I connect the USB drive to my computer, it recognises the Fantom Drive but does not read the content. COuld any one help me with this?
Thank you in advance
Lokbal, Miami Beach
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August 20, 2012 12:39:24 AM

It would help to know what file extension the files are saved as (eg: "The 10 O'Clock News.dvr")

First thing I would suggest is to install a codec pack such as Ace Mega Codec Pack or the DeFiler Pack and VLC Media player, and attempt to play the file with VLC

Sometimes DVRs require you to have special player software and you have to download a digital certificate from the DVR it's self.

I have an ARM 16 channel DVR security system that records in .drv format, requires a special player that is downloadable from the DVR and from ARM, to view the content you need to change the security settings in Internet Explorer, and go to the DVR's IP adress in IE (firefox, chrome and safari wont work) and download the DVRs digital certificate in order to decrypt and decode the video.

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February 20, 2013 2:38:00 AM

Dr_JRE I have the same problem as the poster above you. I have downloaded the program onto an USB Drive and when I plug it into my computer it states that the drive is non-readable and that I need to reformat my drive. But it also says that it will delete everything on it. So how do I get my content off of the USB drive and onto my computer?
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February 12, 2014 12:18:52 AM

cuda14 said:
Dr_JRE I have the same problem as the poster above you. I have downloaded the program onto an USB Drive and when I plug it into my computer it states that the drive is non-readable and that I need to reformat my drive. But it also says that it will delete everything on it. So how do I get my content off of the USB drive and onto my computer?


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February 12, 2014 12:46:12 AM

cuda14 said:
Dr_JRE I have the same problem as the poster above you. I have downloaded the program onto an USB Drive and when I plug it into my computer it states that the drive is non-readable and that I need to reformat my drive. But it also says that it will delete everything on it. So how do I get my content off of the USB drive and onto my computer?


Well it'd be easier to just download it again and let windows format the drive. Otherwise I would recommend Redo! Backup and Restore from http://redobackup.org/features.php

->Boot the computer using Redo!
->Close the backup program that launches at startup
->plug in the USB drive. it may jut let you in.
->If not: Open the "Start" menu on the lower left corner and run the disk checking tool (testdisk) it may fix the problem.
->If not: Open the "Start" menu on the lower left corner and run the file recovery program (photorec) to recover the data.
->If not: The data is unrecoverable and there is nothing that can be done.
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May 9, 2014 12:09:41 PM

Hi, I don't know if this thread is still live, or if anyone is still checking it, but, you can't transfer media you've recorded with a Dish Network DVR to any sort of external drive and then expect to be able to plug that same EHD in to a computer or directly in to the side of a TV or whatever and be able to watch it. Dish Network PVRs send the media content to the drive in an encrypted format, and only the Dish PVR itself can decrypt it for playback. This is to guard against video piracy.

Let me know if I misunderstood the question.
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June 20, 2014 1:36:17 PM

Alright well that's lame but....how do I get my EHD back? I'd like to use it for other things instead of specifically for my Dish receiver now that I know you can't access them on my computer. Since my computer cannot access what's on it, what do I need to do to put it back to how it was before? Please help because as of now it looks like I have a new paperweight seeing as how I have no interest in making my dvr storage larger.
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June 23, 2014 7:08:07 PM

Chris, please create a new thread for your issue if simply using the computer to format the drive doesnt resolve it.
Thanks.
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