I have an external USB drive connected to my AppleTV, I can see it fine, but it’s empty. I have tried using Cyberduck to load media to it, but FTP just sees the drive as a link, not an actual storage location.
How do you load ( or for that matter change media once loaded) to the external USB disk while connected to the AppleTV?
You can. Nothing is stopping you (although when I did it I ran into “permission” problems when I later tried to delete those files via Cyberduck).
Unless I too am missing something I think it’s mainly a matter of convenience. I keep my drives tucked away behind the TV. It’s a fairly big deal to pull them out (especially if the wife is watching her shows). I add new content everyday. It’s much easier to access the drives from the network.
Is your drive being connected before or after the AppleTV is powered on? If you’re disconnecting the drive while the AppleTV is powered on it should first be unmounted.
To unmount the drive (so it can be disconnected while the AppleTV is still powered on) highlight the drive in the nitoTV > Files menu. Press the left arrow (<<) button and the drive will disappear from the list. It can now be safely disconnected.