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Attaching a hard drive to Apple TV

3843 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2009 8:00 AM by DaveFromLA RSS
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Apr 23, 2009 11:51 AM
I think that I already know the answer to this question, and I think it is no, but hopefully I am wrong.
Is there any way to attach a hard drive to my Apple TV directly?
I have the small Apple TV, and store all of my movies, TV shows and music on my desk top's terabyte external hard drive. This has not been a problem until recently, but currently I am watching a show that I downloaded from Apple TV. I downloaded all four seasons, and the entire collection of seasons is too big for my Apple TV memory, the synching choices don't let me pick specific episodes to sync and I have had to do some very creative and time consuming manipulation of files to be able to watch through the show in order(Battlestar Galactica, if you were curious).
There is a USB port, I should be able to attach an external hard drive, but I don't think it will work, and I want to know before I but another hard drive.
Mac Book Pro 2.2 GHz Intel, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
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    Apr 23, 2009 11:53 AM (in response to DaveFromLA)
    you cannot connect anything to the appletv.
    the USB port has no-end user function.
     MBP C2D 2.4GHz  Mac Mini G4  AppleTV  iPhone 3G 16GB  iPod Classic 80GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Craig Baron Level 3 Level 3 (680 points)
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    Apr 23, 2009 2:59 PM (in response to DaveFromLA)
    Why don't you just stream the media directly from you computer?
    MacBook Pro, Powerbook, Mini, iphone, ipod Touch, Apple TV, etc., Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • van D Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Apr 23, 2009 8:34 PM (in response to Craig Baron)
    How good it the streaming function? I have tried to work out how to do that but end up synching everything as needed as I was not smart enough to work it out in a hurry...


    Thanks - sorry to hear that the HD idea won't work - would have been rather nice option to have...
    MAC Pro, MACBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2Gb, 250+500+1000Gb HDD, Aperture, FCE, Apple TV, iTouch
  • beastcmg Calculating status...
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    Apr 24, 2009 5:04 AM (in response to van D)
    I have over 150 movies on a TB external drive and I stream them to my apple tv with no problems. What I do is setup my iTunes for custom sync to the apple tv and uncheck all movies I dont have any selected the only thing I sync up with the apple tv is my music and some pic's, then I leave ituens open and when I go to the apple tv I just select "My Movies" and they are all listed.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • van D Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Apr 24, 2009 6:28 AM (in response to beastcmg)
    Hmmm... Thank, think I will try that too. Seems like a good way to do it.
    MAC Pro, MACBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2Gb, 250+500+1000Gb HDD, Aperture, FCE, Apple TV, iTouch

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