New Crazy Idea: Internal 1 TB Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Cave Man, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Time for another hardware mod for the Apple TV. It looks as though Western Digital's big external 2.5" Passport drives (640 gb, 750 gb, 1 TB) all have USB2 busses on them:

    http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/archives/oct09/101209.html

    So, given that the Apple TV already has a USB port, it should be possible to use this drive inside the ATV. Here's what I see as the options:

    1. Modify the current ATV USB port so that it points "into" the ATV using the PatchStick method. Then all you'd need is to supply the new drive with a power source. This probably would break updates?

    2. Find a 44-pin PATA to USB2 adapter. This would preserve updates.

    Any thoughts or ideas on where parts might be located?
     
  2. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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  3. lannister80 macrumors 6502

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    I think Höhlenmensch means caveman. Interesting!
     
  4. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yeah, I'm familiar with SATA Apple TVs. ;) Just thinking about alternative methods.

    USB2 is plenty fast for HD video.
     
  5. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Of course it's fast enough for playback, but copying a terabyte of data on a USB drive can really take some time. ;)

    But in case that you can get a PATA to USB adapter, it's probably the easier method as PATA->SATA would require additional power for the drive.
     
  6. Cave Man thread starter macrumors 604

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    The initial sync would be time consuming because of 802.11n, not USB.

    The 44-pin PATA header in the ATV provides a 5V line, so that's already there. The issue with the SATA bridges is that many (most?) don't work and it makes it difficult to squeeze everything back inside the ATV. It's do-able, but again I'm exploring alternatives.
     

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