I have ATV with all my iTunes on it. If my comp crashes, can I use the ATV to reinst

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by AnimalPaintball, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. AnimalPaintball macrumors regular


    Dec 13, 2007
    I have ATV with all my iTunes on it. If my computer crashes, can I use the ATV to reinstall all my music, photos, videos, ets (that was saved on my ATV)?

    In essence using it as backup for my music, photos, vides, etc...?

  2. drmikey macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2008
    To the best of my knowledge that can't be done without hacks or some type of third party software. The :apple:TV is basically an ipod the way it sinks, so if it's not on your computer, it's not on your :apple:tv.

    Someone can correct me if I'm wrong...
  3. thrasherlife macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2008
    this is definitely not easy. I went through this and it was a nightmare. You will have to either hack the :apple:TV or open it up and connect the HDD to your computer. Then you can copy all the media off the disk. The problem is, the :apple:TV renames all the files. I supposed you could potentially just add all the files un-named back to iTunes since all the tagging is still there but most people like to organize their music. I had to go through an rename them 1 by 1. Real pain! If you're worried about losing your music/videos then do a proper backup.
  4. krimedog macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2007
    I did this while it was hacked for FTP. I redownloading all the MP3s, M4As, and renamed them in bulk with a ID3 Renamer. Didn't take too long and all my file names are perfect. Almost better than before.
  5. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    500 GB external hard drive = £60.
    Time Machine = Priceless :D
  6. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
  7. thinkmark macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
    You must have a very small library if you can fit All of your iTunes onto even a 160GB model...
  8. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    What a useless post.

    60GB = ~10,000 songs
    90GB = ~130 movies (ripped and average 700MB in size)

    That is quite a big iTunes Library if you ask me..
  9. peoe2 macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2008
    I have FTP access to my AppleTV, where do you guys go to to get the movie files? What's the path?
  10. JonHimself macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2004
    Toronto, Ontario
    It's all relative... to me a 160gb library of audio and video combined certainly isn't small.. but it's much smaller then mine and I wouldn't consider it big.

    ... but I do agree, it was a useless point

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