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Sep 15, 2009, 12:12 PM
Hi all

I have the 40gb ATV, and I'd like to upgrade it to 500gb without having to use the SATA to PATA converter, and modding the ATV
Does any one know about a compatible disk for that?

Will this one work?

Sep 15, 2009, 12:54 PM
That's a SATA drive, not a PATA drive, so you'd have to use an adapter, I don't know if it would fit though.

I've tried the UK's most popular e-commerce for technology (eBuyer) and they don't sell any PATA drives.

I had a quick look on eBay, there are some on there, look to be about 65 for a 500GB. I can't link to any, but just put PATA 500GB in search, theres a few there.

Good luck. :apple:

Sep 15, 2009, 01:51 PM
Came across this in eBay. How did this guy manage to attach 1TB into ATV :confused:


Sep 15, 2009, 01:53 PM
Came across this in eBay. How did this guy manage to attach 1TB into ATV :confused:

http://rover.ebay.com/ar/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?mpt=799911096&adtype=1&size=1x1&type=3&campid=5336090759&toolid=10001 http://cgi.ebay.com/apple-tv-1-tb_W0QQitemZ280396727112QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4148f28348&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14#ht_500wt_1036 (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=3&campid=5336090759&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Fapple-tv-1-tb_W0QQitemZ280396727112QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0%3Fhash%3Ditem4148f28348%26_trksid%3Dp3 286.c0.m14%23ht_500wt_1036)

Simple. the eSata mod. The picture suck, but it looks like he is running a sata cable out the back to that external drive.

Sep 15, 2009, 02:35 PM
Ok, but could I make my upgrade with the following items?:

This Hard Drive
This adapter
This cable

And I would require this enclosure to format the drives?

Couldn't I use the SATA to IDE adapter to copy the ATV's info to my mac with the enclosure? and then use the same adapter to use the disk in the ATV.

thanks for your replies.

Sep 15, 2009, 03:55 PM

Sounds like a very complicated job... Why not just buy a PATA/IDE Drive? Might cost a few quid more, but much easier.

Sep 15, 2009, 04:04 PM
I thought about doing that, but I googled, and read a few macrumors, and I cannot find a 2.5" PATA hard drive larger than 320gb,

So I decided to try to doe what they did:

And I am now wondering whether my stuff will work for the project.

Sep 15, 2009, 04:13 PM
And I am even hoping that this disk will fit:

If some one has information regarding that, it would be great to know, before I begin my project.