250GB Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jdylan, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. jdylan macrumors regular


    Dec 31, 2006
    Bagram, Afghanistan
    Hi, sorry if this is a stupid question, but I searched the forum and couldn't find an answer. I am a Apple TV newbie, looking to buy one for the first time. I looked on eBay and found the 40GB, the 160GB, and also a 250GB? I didn't see a 250GB on the Apple site, so is this a scam, or did the seller modify the thing? He has a picture of a legit Apple box, so it looks real.


    Also, can anyone recommend a good place to buy one? Thanks.
  2. Donar macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    It sounds like the seller has put an 250 Gig HDD in the device.
  3. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    It is not a scam, but your Apple warranty will be void. If you need more than 160 GB of HD space, you'd be better off to patch your aTV and connect an external USB harddrive.
  4. spencers macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
    It's been modified. And if you are any type of person that likes to:
    1) DIY
    2) Save some money
    3) Want the extra space,

    then buy the 40gb ATV, and the appropriate 250gb (Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVE, PATA ~$50-100) hard drive and do-it-yourself!

    Downside: Voided Apple warranty. Not like it truly matters, though. I haven't heard much in terms of AppleTV failure or problems that require warranty service. Do what I did, buy a used 40GB AppleTV. Mine's out of warranty, and I plan on upgrading some time in the future.
  5. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007

    If you go this route reference Cave Man's excellent write-up on 'how to' and then some.

  6. consumedsoul macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2008

    Does Boxee qualify as one of the 'patching' solutions to get USB connectivity to work?

  7. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
    I would air on the side of caution and not buy that item. You never really know what has been done to it when the specs don't match Apple's configurations.
  8. paduck macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    Just to distract from the OP's question, I have one about upgrading the hard drive on my Apple TV to 250GB.

    I'm pretty comfortable with hardware, so I have no qualms about swapping out the drive. My concern is in actually making the copy of the 40GB drive to the 250GB one. Specifically, how can I be confident that when I hook up the 40GB drive to my G5 iMac via a IDE->USB/FW cable that I will not corrupt the HD and brick the whole thing?

    A couple of the web sites I have read seem to indicate that using a PowerPC Mac can cause problems with parts of the hard drive. I'm not inclined to drop $150 on a forensic read-only drive bay. I can probably get access to an Intel MacBook for a few days as well. I'm just worried about the risk of having a bricked ATV before I can build myself a backup image.

    Anyone whose done this have any thoughts? Thanks in advance!
  9. spencers macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
  10. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    no, there is a specific USB patch available.

    PM me

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