Media on HDD - Formatting Question

Hey guys,

I’m a Windows 7 user and have a spare HDD laying around that I would like to use as external storage for the ATV. My question is, do I need to format it to a specific file type (FAT, FAT32, NTFS or other) before the ATV recognizes what’s on the drive? If so, which file type do I need to use and once I am formatted, do I just plug it in via the USB port? Is it that easy?

The AppleTV will support drives formatted in Mac OS and FAT32, but unfortunately not NTFS. There is a simple, straightforward guide for re-formatting your drive in FAT32 at the link below.

Please note - this will remove any data you currently have on the drive.

http://wiki.atvflash.com/index.php?title=Troubleshooting#AppleTV_is_Not_Recognizing_My_External_Drive