Upgrading Apple TV

Recently I upgraded the hard drive in my AppleTV from 40GB to 160GB. The process was not entirely painless but in the end I managed to do it.

There are some good pages on how do to this, here on MacWorld, on Apple TV Hacks and on awkwardTV.

I got myself the Newer Technology’s USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter which allows me to hook up any kind of drive to a computer. A must if you work with hardware at all.

The simplest way to do this is as follows:

  • Make a disk image of the Apple TV drive using dd.
  • Write that disk image onto the new drive using dd.
  • Unmount the drive using diskutil.
  • Using gpt, delete the fourth partition (the Media partition) on the new drive.
  • Unmount the drive using diskutil (again).
  • Connect the new drive to the AppleTV, start it up
  • Do a factory restore which will format the Media partition.
  • You are good to go.

You can pick up all the commands from the various pages I point to, but if there is interest, I will post detailed step-by-step instructions.

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  1. Pingback: Is AppleTV finally Coming of Age? « François Schiettecatte’s Blog

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