Clone Apple TV 1st Gen Hard Drive ?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Delmar, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. Delmar macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2012
    I would like to clone the hard drive from my ATV 1st Gen so one day down the road when the hard drive fails I can simply install a new hard drive & be done. I use Carbon Copy Cloner for my Macbook Air & it works great. Has anyone done this? I found nothing doing a interweb search or on CCC website. I have emailed them so we'll see what they say.
  2. 300DDR macrumors member


    Jul 5, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Never done it personally, but I think you may have to remove from the AppleTV in order to clone the drive. Not sure if AppleTV uses a normal file system that CCC is able to clone. If not, try something like DDRescue instead.

    Hope this helps,
  3. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
  4. Delmar thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2012
    Yes, the ATV1 hard drive must be removed to clone it. This is easily done. I'm on Mavericks & I don't think ATVCloner works beyond Snow Leopard. Thank you for the suggestions.


    Email response from CCC.

    I have never tried that. If its a standard formatted hard drive it may work.
    Sorry I don't have a definitive answer for you but its not a tested

    Best wishes,

    Rob Compton
    Bombich Software, Inc.
  5. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The Apple TV 1G's hard drive can be cloned without removing it or even opening the unit. All you need is a patch stick that is running a near full installation of Mac OS X or a Linux patchstick. Just SSH into it when it's running from the patch stick and dd the data off through a SSH tunnel or onto the USB patch stick if there's enough room on it. If Mac OS X can mount it (it can with a bit of changing the drive's partition headers) CCC will work on it as it can do a file or a block copy based clone of the drive. For an Apple TV drive, I suggest using dd for best results.
  6. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    AtvCloner works through Mountain Lion. I am looking to fix it on Mavericks as I went to use it once i upgraded and notice the permission errors. Grabbed my ML machine and it worked fine again. Yes, atvcloner requires that you remove the hdd and hook it up to your mic via a 44 pin pata to usb adapter (readily available for around 20 - 30 u.s. ) .

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