I have spent today reading through dozens and dozens of websites, wikis and forums trying to find a simple solution to the above problem.
The issue is that after 4 years my Apple TV 1st generation unit has died. To be fair, it’s just the HDD that’s blown, so I thought I could just find another IDE drive, slip in into the case and power up, not thinking about the weird partitioning system employed on this device etc.
So, having read up on the way Apple created the ATV1, I then thought it might be pretty easy to use the recovery partition provided by XBMC / Boxee, using atvusbcreator. The application runs, downloads the OS and then fails to apply it to ANY of the USB sticks I have kicking around. I’ve tried half a dozen 1Gb and 2Gb sticks, even some regarded as perfect for the job in a “tried and tested list of drives” I found via XBMC / Boxee sites.
Therefore I have ordered a spare AppleTV HDD on eBay at the cost of £30.00, which is all very well and good, but I would like to know for future reference whether there are any straightforward and easy ways to replace the internal HDD without a degree in computational mathematics or NASA grade science knowledge?
As ever, keep it simple…for me, not anyone else!
Thanks in advance!