Apple TV / Laptop / External FW HD

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by d.f, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. d.f macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2003
    hi. i've tried searching this one, but i can't get an answer.

    If i use an Apple TV (160Gb) synced from an iBook, but the files are on a external drive, will i have a problem.....

    i know that to sync i have to connect the external drive, manually select the files to transfer, etc..., but once the 160Gb are full, if i unplug my external HD from the laptop, will the ATV then delete the files..? or as it's now disconnected will the ATV just happily act as a HD based media player...?

    any help..?
  2. Jasoco macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    Sync'd files won't be deleted. The AppleTV doesn't know if you delete a file from your computer until you sync again. So don't worry about syncing then not having your laptop turned on.
  3. d.f thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2003

    so you're saying that i can do this right..? just don't open iTunes while not connected to the External HD, yes...??

  4. danerh macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2006
    What then...

    OK - i have the same question... but what about if you then open itunes again, after syncing that first time, and dont have the HD connected??? Will it wipe your films from the :apple:TV or will it not change them because there is still a reference of them in itunes??
  5. outlyer macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2007
    I have a similar situation. The way I did it was to create a symbolic link (like an alias) for my "iTunes Music" folder pointing to the external drive. Then, iTunes only thinks the files are missing if you try to access them when the drive isn't attached (you get the little exclamation point)

    Basically, if you go into the terminal, you can do this:

    ln -sf /Volumes/External/iTunes\ Music ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Music

    and it should work.
  6. d.f thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2003

    i forgot to mention. my iTunes Music folder is already an alias to my external iTunes Music Folder.

    is that what you mean..?

    looks like i'll have to bite the bullet and buy one. it looks like it can work.

    good times.
  7. outlyer macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2007
    I'm not entirely sure how aliases are treated by Mac OS X. I think symbolic links are slightly "lower level" and so Mac OS X treats them as part of the file system. I think aliases are "followed" but they're handled differently.

    The catch is that aliases update when the source changes. This is better behaviour generally, but in this situation, since symbolic links don't update, you can remove or reattach the drive without iTunes "finding out."

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