View Full Version : Upgrading: can I use a SATA drive?

Jun 10, 2009, 03:08 PM
All the 'upgrading your Apple TV' tutorials say I need a 2.5" IDE drive, but there seem to be very few of them, they have low capacity and they are very expensive.

I've found a 1TB internal 3.5" SATA drive for 75. Can't I use that?!

Jun 10, 2009, 03:15 PM
there's a ton of these posts; several right on the front page

Jun 10, 2009, 03:33 PM
I'll be a bit more friendly and simply state:
No, you cannot.
There's a reason it says 2.5" IDE. It's what you need ;)

Jun 10, 2009, 03:55 PM
I've found a 1TB internal 3.5" SATA drive for 75. Can't I use that?!

If you wish to use a 2.5 inch SATA drive and keep your AppleTV as a nice little self contained unit (but you are currently limited to 500Gb), use this link..........http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=683178

If you want to go for a giant AppleTV and are prepaired to have an external drive with a SATA cable hanging out of your AppleTV, use this link (commonly referred to on Macrumors as the eSATA mod).....http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=683178

Jun 10, 2009, 06:43 PM
Interesting that the 'newbie' was helpful and answered my question beyond my expectations.

The heavy user was quite helpful.

Whereas the 'demi-god' was just downright rude and really needs to find some friends rather than spending every waking hour in front of the computer.

richyscot1 - thanks for your help!