I need a bit of assistance before I go out and buy a 1TB external USB HDD for my Apple TV. I understand from the online help that it is possible to set an external USB HDD as the primary HDD (i.e. iTunes will sync with this drive rather than the internal PATA disk). This is useful for me as i have a music collection > 40GB (if I had the 160GB internal, i would probably just use the external as secondary, but this is by the bye).
- Does this make the internal disk entirely redundant - is it still used for any processes?
- If the external disk (now Primary) supports ‘Spin Down’ does it indeed spin down when the Apple TV is on standby? I know in theory it should, but does anyone have an actual experience with this.
- How does this affect the speed of accessing data? The internal PATA disk is fairly slow by todays stantards (5400rpm?), so a decent USB disk should be at least as fast?
- Has anyone experienced issues when playing back video from an external USB disk. I’d be particularly interested in performance with 720p video.
- Ultimately I’m hoping to get the Broadcom HD chip to aid HD playback, but this is a little but redundant if there are issues accessing the data. Does anyone have experience with 1080p playback from an external disk?
Sorry for all the questions! Hopefully someone may have answers to at least some of these?! As an aside, I really like what the ATV Flash guys have done. Thanks and congrats!