I’m about to migrate my media to a new HDD and wanted to use the ATV2 instead of my existing ATV1 to manage things. My old setup uses the DNS-323 used for media streaming (non-MAC and XBMC) with the older ATV1 w/flash, and an IcyDock dual bay HDD in RAID1 configuration hosting content externally for the ATV itunes content formatted in FAT32.
I am going to (maybe) purchase the ATV2 and would like to setup my system the same way, and transfer my itunes content over to my ATV2 using the ATV Flash - connecting my existing HDD to it via USB, and using the XBMC to access an upgraded remote server - now a dns-325 which has a bit more bandwidth.
A few questions though:
1 - does the new ATV flash for “black” allow for an external HDD via USB - if not, how can it be connected?
2 - can the new ATV flash access my files via XBMC the same way I used to in my ATV1 - using simple SMB shares to get to media files I rip from DVD or other hard content.
3 - I also use the Boxee Box - is it possible to partition my HDD so that half is used by the D-link DNS-325 for ATV, and the other half used by my Boxee? The NAS unit seems to format things completely, but I would assume if it is pre-partitioned before loading the HDD, it’ll only format that portion that is formatted according to Linux standards - the rest if formatted using MAC standards would be left alone. If so, could I potentially connect one device via tether, and another via wireless and use it for both devices? I don’t want to lose the Boxee due to its new Boxee TV setup, and a few other applications not available through ATV.
Thanks for the help.