Upgrading Apple TV Hard Drive to 320GB

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  1. dylanbrown macrumors 6502

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    I am going to be upgrading my Apple TV Hard Drive to a 320GB WD Scorpio (Link Here)

    I am also going to be following the instructions on the  TV Hacks.net website. (Found Here)

    I am going to be going the Terminal route as this will save some cash by not having to use any software - but I have a few questions.

    TVHacks.net says to use a "2.5" to FireWire bridge", I have a USB 2.5" Hard Drive enclosure and was hoping that it would do.

    Also, does anyone know the maximum drive size the TV can handle?

    Cheers
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    2.5".

    Seriously. Any 2.5" drive will work. 500GB is the largest made currently.
     
  3. dylanbrown thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    This is not true. The drive must have a PATA interface (largest is 250 gb), unless you also add a PATA to SATA adapter.
     
  5. dylanbrown thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How does that affect me in relation to the drive I intend to purchase?
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It means that drive won't work, unless you plan to also do a SATA hack to your ATV. There's a thread a few lines below with more information on it, or you can read the thread I started about the 750 gb hack.
     
  7. RGunner macrumors 6502a

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    Actually..

    WD now has a PATA 320GB 2.5 drive (new on the market). Not sure it will ever be replaced with a higher PATA model. Everyone doing SATA now.
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Tanj, forgot that.

    That's why I'm waiting for the next hardware update. Hopefully they'll use a real interface this time. :rolleyes:
     
  9. paduck macrumors 6502

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    That's a SATA drive, as has been noted. You could use it with a SATA-IDE bridge. And you're talking about using it externally, so no big deal.

    IF you are talking about hooking up an external drive to an AppleTV, you can get a 3.5" SATA drive, run it into the ATV using a SATA-IDE bridge. That way, you could go all the way up to a 1.5TB drive relatively cheaply (less than $200 for all the parts).

    If you are talking an internal installation, you are currently limited to the 2.5" 250GB IDE hard drive drives currently on the market. I have heard about the above mentioned 320GB WD 2.5" IDE, but I haven't seen one for sale. It would be great to get a link, although I already got my 250GB, so I won't be adding any more space...

    I'd do a lot more research to define your requirements before you go out spending money.
     
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