buying an AppleTV with no HDD - questions

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by SelfMadeCelo, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. SelfMadeCelo macrumors regular

    SelfMadeCelo

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    i've thought about buying an AppleTV without a HDD and just adding one later. How hard would it be to get the AppleTV software to load onto a spare HDD that i have? would it even be worth it? thanks
     
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  3. SelfMadeCelo thread starter macrumors regular

    SelfMadeCelo

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    eBay of course and moneys tight, got a wedding to save for but i love my gadgets :D plus im the type that likes putting stuff together and seeing how they work
     
  4. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    The AppleTV will be useless without an HD. It needs the drive to boot from and store its buffer.
     
  5. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    You could potentially do a direct image restore onto another hard drive, from a backup disk image from another ATV. I've done it before. There's a lot of potential pitfalls though, and it's not something that I would consider worthwhile. I only did it because I accidentally fried my original ATV installation, and it took me a long time. I don't even remember which method eventually worked.
     

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