Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by macgoodnight, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2007
    How do i stream my external hardrive to my Apple TV without loading the movies on my computer
  2. macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Good question. The files you want to add to iTunes that are on the external hard drive, drag to itunes while holding down "option." Make sure you keep holding option for a couple seconds after releasing the mouse. Then the files stay on the external drive, and when you stream to Apple TV they will feed right off it through iTunes.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    Though it's probably worth pointing out that the files will only play if they're encoded in one of the formats that is compatible with the :apple:TV. See the specs here for the compatible file types.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern California
    if I have iTunes set to manage and copy my files, will the Option-Drag method bypass those setting just for those files being dragged? Might be good to put my vidoes on drive and my music on another. Thoughts?
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    I have 3 externals: 1 for iTunes & iPhoto, 1 for films & tv, 1 for Time Machine BU.

    Since I am using my wife's MBP to run this whole thing, and it has limited capacity, I tried to move all media off the main drive. This will also be useful for when I bite the bullet and buy a Mac Pro. (Handbrake at between 90 and 100 fps for AppleTV preset! Of course, I will be using it for work, too.) I won't have to copy the media libraries -- just plug in the drives.

    The Option-Drag method ignores the preference setting.

    -- Mikie

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