Removing iTunes personal info from a dead ATV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ndurantz, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I had my ATV die on me and was planning to replace the hard drive to fix it. Once I got into the machine, I hooked up the HD to my computer and it looked just fine so my conclusion was it is NOT the hard drive. I bought a new ATV and am wanting to sell the old one, but am concerned about the purchaser getting my iTunes account info off the hard drive.

    Does anyone know how to remove that info without wiping out the HD? I know a HD without the ATV information reders the ATV pretty much useless. Would love any input. Thanks!
     
  2. macrumors P6

    Intell

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    I think the most the Apple TV's hard drive keeps is your media and your account user name. Not your password. If you still want to erase it I would suggest putting it in the new working ATV and restoring it.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good to know

    That's a good idea. Never thought of that cause cracking into the things is such a pain. I guess it would probably take someone that knows what their doing to put all the info to use in a way that would result in identify theft or something. I appreciate the input!
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    If you've set your ATV to remember your password then the password is stored on the ATV's hard drive (in an encrypted form) and in theory if the new owner gets it working they would then be able to purchase from your account.

    Well an ATV that doesn't work also renders it pretty much useless:D If you do want to sell it with the hard drive and are worried about your account information then just change your iTunes password.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    And completely voiding the warrenty on the new ATV in the process, fantastic idea:eek:
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    I BELIEVE that the Apple TV relies on separate firmware to boot up the hard drive. I have heard of people replacing their hard drives in Apple TV's, so I think erasing the hard drive, writing zeros all over it, and then putting it back in the ATV should work fine.

    Have you posted this on Apple's forums? You might find your answer there.

    I LOVE my Apple TV, although streaming Netflix would make it perfect, but I don't see that happening. That would hurt Apple's rental sales. :cool:
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    No the ATV wont boot without an OS on the drive. Thats why when people replace there hard drives they have to take an image of the original to restore onto the new drive.
     
  8. macrumors 68020

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    I would think a Factory Restore and then shut down before putting anything in would do it. Basically Restore it then unplug it right after it boots back up, before you even pick your language.
     
  9. macrumors P6

    Intell

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    That would work if the old Apple TV still worked.
     
  10. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    Just reconnect it to your Mac and use Disk Utility to zero out the drive.
     

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