Apple TV 1 - access hard drive

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mcawinkels, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. mcawinkels macrumors newbie


    Jul 5, 2015
    The Netherlands
    Dear all,

    I just dug an old Apple TV 1 out of the closet, hoping to restore some of the pictures we have lost. The old Apple TV 1 has an internal hard drive with family pictures on it and I am hoping to get access to those.

    The thing is however that I lost the remote control of the Apple TV 1 and if I just turn it on, put in an HDMI cable it doesn't give any signal to my TV. At this point I am kind of desperate about getting access to the data on that hard drive. It should still be there.

    I am hoping someone is capable of helping me out.

    The serial number of the Apple TV 1 is: YM0104XGYSW

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Kind regards,

  2. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2012
    What, exactly, do you see when you plug it in?
  3. AndrewHolowaty macrumors newbie


    Aug 24, 2015
    If you have an external Hard Drive connector you could pull the drive out of the Apple TV and connect it to your computer for recovery. If not, take it to the Apple Store.
  4. Mac... nificent macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2012
    As a last resort you could remove the hard drive and access the data that way. The bottom pad comes off and there are four T8 Torx screws beneath.
  5. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    I third the "remove the hard drive" suggestion. There's the chance that if you get the :apple:TV1 working "as is", it might try to sync with your Mac and what is apparently lost photos on your Mac will become lost photos on your :apple:TV1 too. So if you remove the hard drive, you'll avoid any such scenario as you'll control what files can go onto and/or come off of the internal drive.

    One thing though (and I don't remember this for sure), but I think I recall that the photos synced to that :apple:TV are downscaled for display on a HD screen instead of synced at their full size. If they will be your only copies of some particular photos, I hope I'm remembering wrong; else, hopefully they will be good enough downscaled to HDTV resolution and dpi (if that weak memory is right).
  6. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    That's a really good point. Be careful OP. Don't let it sync with the Mac.

    FWIW, I have an old ATV 40 GB drive handy. I just plugged it into a 2.5" IDE to USB adapter and I was able to browse the disk (It actually mounts as two partitions on my Mac: OS and media)
  7. RHVC59 macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2008
    Eugene, Oregon
    I seem to recall that there is a Apple Remote for the Iphone and IPad in the App Store that would control the appleTV.

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