Upgrading AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Doju, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Would it be possible to buy a 40GB AppleTV and buy another 500GB 2.5" hard drive and swap out the 40GB for the 500GB somehow? Is there an online guide?
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The best you can do ATM is a 320 gb PATA drive. Anything else requires a software hack to enable the USB port for hard drive use, or hardware hack using a PATA to SATA bridge. Look in the "My 750gb Apple TV" thread towards the end for a 500 gb 2.5" SATA drive option.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Nope, for some dumb reason Apple decided to put old technology PATA hard drives in the ATV. Since hard drive companies dont care about making them anymore, the biggest are 320, which I think its pretty big.
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    thats funny, i can purchase a 500GB PATA drive if i want to (PATA = IDE right?).. they cost $126Aus. :)

    EDIT: sorry, they cost $130Aus :rolleyes:

    EDIT EDIT: actually yea... nah.. there are none :(
  5. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Opening the atv will void your warranty. It is easier to just connect an external uSB drive if you can live with an additional box beside your aTv.
  6. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    QFE. Just software mod the thing and hook up a USB drive. Cake.
  7. richyscot1 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2008
    Derby, UK
    This is exactly what I did, see the following link http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=683178

    Quite a few months down the line, and my Apple TV is on constantly, has approximately 400Gb of data on it, and has never put a step wrong!! It's Brill :D

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