tobyshouse wrote: I only got about a year from my original hopper before the hard drive failed. It failed because of the way dish designed the receiver... Only 1 cheap fan was installed far away from the hard drive which causes way too much heat to build up inside the receiver. I had the same issues described by TLBGRB
After i got my replacement hopper i bought some usb cooling fans to better cool the receiver. I put 1 fan on the rear, side, and bottom and i'm currently going on over 2 years now. If you put your hand on top of the receiver near middle right it is almost too hot to touch without any additional cooling added...
I was lucky to have been able to transfer my old recordings to a external hard drive before complete failure of the first hard drive.
Although I do recommend a small cooling usb fan, it's joy necessarily the design. They have to be within certain criterias, so it's the best with what can work. That said, I had all 3 Hoppers on different accounts running for years with no issues, and no extra equipment. I leave each of the DVRs(and TVs) mounted on top of an open wood top, and atleast 6 inches of spear around it, front back and sides. Underneath the wood is more air(a 2nd shelf made up of metal bars that houses game systems accessories, and other nic nac's. Simply put, the best thing for the receivers is air, air and more air.