How to Mod a Dish Network 625

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The DIsh Network 625 receiver is able to record and play back television shows through a built-in hard drive. To modify, or "mod," a 625 receiver, replace the hard drive with one that can hold a greater number of TV shows. The bigger hard drive will provide greater capacity without altering any of the 625's functions. A few common tools will be needed, along with a replacement hard drive purchased from an electronics or computer store.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips jeweler's screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat-edged jeweler's screwdriver
  • Replacement hard drive
  • Unplug every cable connected to the 625 receiver, including the power cord and coaxial cable connected to the satellite dish. Push in on the compartment doors on the front of the 625 receiver with your finger. Pull the compartment doors open. Remove the screws from inside each of the compartments with a Phillips jeweler's screwdriver.

  • Turn the 625 around. Remove the screws from the four corners on the back with the Phillips screwdriver. Remove the screws from the bottom edge with the Phillips jeweler's screwdriver. Turn the 625 around.

  • Insert the tip of the flat-edged jeweler's screwdriver into the seam between the front panel and the outer case at the upper left corner. Lift up on the tip to loosen the front panel from the outer case. Repeat this procedure on the upper right corner of the 625. Turn the 625 around.

  • Grip the sides of the outer case. Slide the outer case towards you to dislodge it from the front panel. Pull the outer case off.

  • Locate the hard drive inside of the 625. This is the vertically placed metal drive with the warning sticker on the top. Remove the screws from around the hard drive with the Phillips jeweler's screwdriver. Lift the hard drive up. Pull the two cables out of the connectors on the back of the hard drive. Place the hard drive aside.

  • Insert the plugs of the two connectors into the back of the replacement hard drive. Place the replacement hard drive on the 625 in the same position as the original hard drive. Attach the screws around the hard drive.

  • Slide the outer case on the 625 receiver from the back. Push the outer case up against the front panel. Reattach the screws to the back of the 625. Turn the 625 around. Reattach the screws inside of the compartments. Close the compartment doors.

  • Reattach the cables to the back of the 625 receiver, including the power cord and the coax cable that is connected to the satellite dish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Scratching the circuit board inside of the 625 receiver can render it unworkable.

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