Upgrading: can I use a SATA drive?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by comedine, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    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?!
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    there's a ton of these posts; several right on the front page
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    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 ;)
  4. macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2008
    Derby, UK
    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
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    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!

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