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Introducción

Replace the hard drive in your Apple TV 1st Generation.

  1. Flip the Apple TV over so that the bottom of the unit is facing up.
    • Flip the Apple TV over so that the bottom of the unit is facing up.

    • You need to remove the rubber base to get access to the screws.

    • Starting at one side of the device, use a hairdryer or a heat gun to soften the adhesive holding the rubber base in place.

    • The rubber base will be hot after heating, take extreme caution while proceeding to avoid personal injury.

    • While the adhesive is still warm, peel the bottom of the rubber base upwards to detach it from the metal plate.

    • Repeat the procedure described above until the rubber base has been completely removed.

  2. Remove the four T10 Torx screws that secure the lower case to the upper case.
    • Remove the four T10 Torx screws that secure the lower case to the upper case.

  3. Carefully lift the lower case from the upper case enough to allow access to the internals of the Apple TV.
    • Carefully lift the lower case from the upper case enough to allow access to the internals of the Apple TV.

    • Be aware that the hard drive is physically attached to the lower case and that a ribbon cable runs from the drive to the logic board in the upper case.

  4. Carefully pull the hard drive data cable straight up from its socket on the logic board. During reassembly, make sure the hard drive data cable is firmly seated in its socket on the logic board; otherwise, during boot-up you will see a flashing question mark "?".
    • Carefully pull the hard drive data cable straight up from its socket on the logic board.

    • During reassembly, make sure the hard drive data cable is firmly seated in its socket on the logic board; otherwise, during boot-up you will see a flashing question mark "?".

  5. Remove the four T8 Torx screws securing the hard drive to the lower case.
    • Remove the four T8 Torx screws securing the hard drive to the lower case.

  6. Peel and remove the hard drive up off the lower case.
    • Peel and remove the hard drive up off the lower case.

    • The hard drive is held on to the lower case with mild adhesive.

    • Disconnect the hard drive data cable from its socket on the hard drive.

    • If you are replacing your hard drive, ensure to transfer the hard drive data cable to your new hard drive.

    • Hard drive remains.

  7. Align the new hard drive with the screw holes on the lower case.
    • Align the new hard drive with the screw holes on the lower case.

    • While holding the hard drive in place, insert and tighten the screws back into the lower case.

    • Don't forget to reconnect the hard drive data cable to its socket on the logic board.

Conclusión

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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9 comentarios

Can you replace the current harddrive with a larger capacity hardrive. I currently have a 160GB one but wouldnt mind putting a 1TB harddrive in there if its at all possible? Thank you.

Matt O'Donohue - Contestar

can these harddrives still be bought? if so where?

Bernie Sapienza - Contestar

I have the same two questions. Anyone know please? How can I live without my ATV1? No-one else, not even Apple, has made anything since that does the job of playing music and photos as well.

Michael - Contestar

And if I replace the disk how doesthe Apple OS get transferred? (PC User)

Michael - Contestar

Yes, you can through a 1TB drive into it. Yes, drives can be bought for them still, you can go online and search for them or you can try the good ol 'bay and find them there as well. You'd have to transfer the OS yourself using a USB drive to reinstall it or clone your current drive over and it will see it exactly the same as it was before.

Alexander Gomes - Contestar

Which is the procedure to install the OS X again on a new drive?? Read something about store it on a USB stick and plug it into the ATV. But how can you follow up the process? Connecting it with an UTP to the iMac (and follow up on screen with the ATV menu) or connect it with an HDMI to the TV set? No idea how this can be done…

Nelissen F - Contestar

the hard drive is broken I replaced it, but it doesn't work. I have to install s.o. ?, but I do not have.

Zorro - Contestar

A new hard drive needs to have the Apple TV operation system installed on it. Search on the Internet for an Apple TV 1st Generation restore image and follow the instructions. It involves copying it to a USB memory stick in a special way, inserting it into the Apple TV, and booting the Apple TV while holding down the Menu and + buttons on the remote control.

The Apple TV 1st Generation connects to a hard drive with the old Parallel ATA (PATA) interface, not the newer Serial ATA (SATA) interface. I’ve read that it can use a Compact Flash (CF) card with a CF-to-PATA adapter (and it runs much cooler than having a spinning hard disk), but I haven’t had any success with the adapters I’ve tried. Make sure it is an adapter to the 44-pin variant of PATA that is used for laptop hard drive — not the more common 40-pin PATA interface.

hoylen - Contestar

Is this just a typical laptop hard drive?

Nicholas barton - Contestar

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