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JMart80
Jun 14, 2008, 05:03 PM
Hi All,

I was hoping for some help. A few weeks back my laptop HDD failed and with it went all my photos from the last 6 months. Fortunately they are all backed-up. Unfortunately they are all backed up on the seeming impenetrable fortress known as Apple TV. So I wonder - what is the easiest way I can get the photos off my Apple TV and safely back on my PC? I know some manner of hacking will probably be necessary but looking for something not too technical.

Thanks for the help!
Josh



tom1971
Jun 14, 2008, 05:43 PM
You will need to enable an ssh access by using a patchstick. From there you can copy your files back.

you can find a tutorial at the awkwardtv wiki

PM me if you have more questions

JMart80
Jun 15, 2008, 06:01 AM
Tom,

Thanks for the suggestion. It seems that most patchsticks require Tiger. Do you know of any that I can create in Leopard?

Thanks again

Josh

sandman42
Jun 15, 2008, 12:56 PM
Isn't it true, though, that the versions of the photos that are on the :apple:TV are optimized for it, and are lower res than the original photos?

tom1971
Jun 15, 2008, 02:50 PM
Tom,

Thanks for the suggestion. It seems that most patchsticks require Tiger. Do you know of any that I can create in Leopard?

Thanks again

Josh

You can also create it in Leopard. It is a bit more complex.
I sent you a PM.

Padraic
Jun 15, 2008, 04:29 PM
JMart80,

I had the same problem, if you follow my instructions here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=482557 it should help. I did it without needing leopard, it just needs windows.

Padraic

JMart80
Jun 16, 2008, 06:39 PM
Hey All -

Thanks for the tip. I found the Tiger disks and was able to create a patchstick (after some difficulty because i was using 10.5.3) but used an older OS on a different Mac and it worked. now it is hacked and I would like to know how do i access the Apple TV HDD from my MAC?

Thanks!

Josh

nittany
Jun 16, 2008, 07:14 PM
Interesting question. I don't keep content on my aTV, but I thought it was designed to be able to synch with whatever machine you use to run iTunes.

Isn't your circumstance just like that of someone who purchased a movie directly from their aTV? In other words, it's on their aTV, but not on their Mac or PC? Under this situation, when the two machines synch, whatever is on one is placed on the other.

Again, I don't synch... I stream, so read up on this before trying it and potentially losing your content, but using the built in synch feature instead of hacking into the system (as fun as that might be) seems like it might be a little easier.

tom1971
Jun 16, 2008, 07:31 PM
Hey All -

Thanks for the tip. I found the Tiger disks and was able to create a patchstick (after some difficulty because i was using 10.5.3) but used an older OS on a different Mac and it worked. now it is hacked and I would like to know how do i access the Apple TV HDD from my MAC?

Thanks!

Josh

Either through terminal (ssh) or Fugu (http://rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu/files/Fugu-1.2.0-English.dmg)

Padraic
Jun 16, 2008, 07:34 PM
Hey All -

Thanks for the tip. I found the Tiger disks and was able to create a patchstick (after some difficulty because i was using 10.5.3) but used an older OS on a different Mac and it worked. now it is hacked and I would like to know how do i access the Apple TV HDD from my MAC?

Thanks!

Josh

This is from http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/Install_SSH_with_Leopard:

Find your AppleTV by pinging it:
ping appletv.local
If nobody answers to appletv.local, you'll have to connect to it by its IP address which you can find in the AppleTV's setup menu.
Login to your AppleTV with:
ssh frontrow@appletv.local
The password, as shipped from Apple, is frontrow.

It might be a good idea to read through the wiki so you don't mess something up. I remember I had to browse around on the appleTV harddrive before I found all my pictures, but they are there, and in full resolution.

Padraic

DeuceDeuce
Jun 16, 2008, 07:36 PM
Nevermind...

314156
Aug 19, 2009, 10:11 AM
Here is a tutorial on moving them from an AppleTV patched with patchstick using WinSCP. http://www.nlcpr.com/AppleTV_content.php