ATV 1 and a SSD

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bearcatrp, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Can a SSD be installed in a ATV1? Am presuming the hard drive is IDE but not sure. Appreciate any help.
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    not sure why you would want to, a standard drive is more than fast enough to handle the bandwidth of videos, even uncompressed blu-ray rips.
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Seems completely overkill. The only advantage would be the silent operation but the hard drives in them are pretty quiet as it is....
  4. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Would the heat the thing produces be detrimental to it? Or is the heat generated by the hard drive it self?

    I agree it's over kill but a nice what if.
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I'd go with it being a giant waste of money. 5400 RPM laptop drives are plenty quiet and fast for anything that the ATV can do.
  6. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    I agree that an SSD would be a bit of a "waste" on an ATV1. However, I suspect that a good portion of the delays that you see within the ATV1 interface are the result of access latency on its HD. Thus, a PATA-based SSD might notably improve the UI responsiveness on the ATV1.

    What I'm talking about are the types of delays you may see when the ATV1 is loading thumbnails from your media collection, or when you switch from playing media to go to the top-most menu (i.e. home). In the latter case, I often get brief dropouts in the audio playback of my music videos. An SSD might eliminate those types of problems but as others have noted it won't have much impact on plain-old video playback (once the video stream has begun).

    The only real drawback to going to an SSD is the cost (duh!). I just can't see swapping out my 320GB HD upgrade for a much smaller SSD that would cost two to three times as much as a standard HD.
  7. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    I might be missing the point but wouldn't it be cheaper to get a new :apple:TV?

    Edit: unless of course you want to store all your media directly on it and not stream it from your computer...
  8. pjarvi macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    2nd gen doesn't have the ability to buy content directly.

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