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To hack or not to hack? (Need more space)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by balamw, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Moderator


    Staff Member

    OK, now :apple:TV 2.0 is here and it looks good, but I still feel like I need more space than 40 GB, as I really don't want to keep my PC on and running iTunes all the time. So, I guess I have a few options:

    • Buy a new/refurb 160 GB unit
    • Upgrade the HDD in mine to 160 GB (or largrer)
    • Revert to 1.0, enable USB and use an external...

    If I went with the first option I'd move my 40 GB to the other TV.

    What's the largest HDD anyone has successfully used?

  2. macrumors 68000


    I'm looking to add harddrive space to mine, both to stop relying on my computer to be on AND to be able to have a portable library of all of my DVDs. I'm still leaning towards keeping my 40GB and just installing a bigger hard drive. In another thread I started someone posted that 250gb was the largest. I don't know if it's true or not but that's what was said. I wonder why there is a cap (if there is one)? It would seem logical that it can take as large of a hard drive as you can get (I think I saw a 320GB laptop 2.5" drive)
  3. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The largest on the market today is 250 gigs. It's not difficult to upgrade, but you should consider buying iPartition as some have reported problems using the cl for partitioning (including me).
  4. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The ATV takes a PATA interfaced-drive, the largest of which currently sold is 250 gigs. Had Apple put a SATA interface in it you'd be able to put a 500 gig drive in it (soon, from WD and Samsung). Look for it in the next iteration, I suppose.
  5. Moderator


    Staff Member

    FWIW I've even considered making a franken-:apple:-TV to make use of larger 3.5" PATA HDDs. I've got a few DirecTV TiVos that are now unsupported due to the MPEG4 transition, so I already have some cases I could probably adapt to the task that would not look out of place in an A/V rack.

    I figure I can probably remote the IR sensor and still manage to put the :apple:TV in the back of the case so the composite and HDMI connectors come out in the "right" place... 2.5"-3.5" adapter and pull power from a separate P/S for the HDD.

    This way I could end up with a 750 GB :apple:TV for pretty cheap.

  6. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It's also already been discussed, even for a 1.5 tb ATV. Just a few days ago.

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