i just got a new apple tv, boosted it with aTV flash today, mainly, so i could use the 2tb external drive i just got as well via usb.
this is the drive: http://tr.im/QN0r - a Western Digital 2TB MyBook Mirror Edition
i format it with a snow leopard macbook using disk utility (no RAID setup being used). for test purposes i wanted to see if the connection between the drive and appletv works fine via usb, without having any files on it yet.
all of my macs (macbook prev gen (snow leo), current macbook (leo), macbook pro (leo), akoya hackbook (leo/kalyway)) can see the drive when hooked up via usb without problems (just the hackbook has issues seeing it in HFS+ sometimes).
now, when i have the drive formatted in HFS+, appletv will boot up without problems, but the drive doesn’t show up anywhere (i usually check in files > places). if i format it fat32, appletv doesn’t seem to boot up. after a few minutes i cancelled the process anyways by either rebooting or unplugging the usb cable, which both leads to a reboot. if i boot up and plug the drive in afterwards, apple tv gets really slow to respond for a couple of minutes and i can see the drive obviously showing activity, but without any result – no drive seems to be mounted.
any ideas what could be the problem here – and more importantly, the fix? i would prefer HFS+ to FAT, but if FAT’s the only way to go, so be it.
thanks much in advance,
i DID test the whole setup with a 2 gb flash drive, and aTV does see that and plays media from it
after so many minutes, the drive in FAT32, plugged in after booting, suddenly DID show up. still, something seems off.
after a few minutes, atv will also power up now with the FAT32 drive plugged in. however, it takes about 4 minutes each reboot.
- the files are visible in “files > places” now
- i cannot see the files in “nitoTV > files” (“Empty Folder!” message occurs)
- in media, sapphire sees all the files