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Hey guys, so i recently decided to take out my old gen 1 Apple tv (40gb) and wanted to upgrade the hard drive to something larger. I notice that PATA laptop drives are pretty expensive so the two possibilities i was thinking about was using a sata to ide adapter with 120gb sata ssd that i have or using the ide adapter with a WD 500gb slim drive. biggrin.gif

I would think the SSD would have two benifits: pep up the apple OS and reduce the overall cost ($10 since i would only need a sata adapter), But at the same time the apple tv would probably spend alot of time writing and overall reduce the life span of the SSD itself, since my GF and i would probably be switching media out.

The WD slime drive would be about $50 more then then ssd but offer alot more storage. Honestly not sure which would be the better option of the two..

But would there be any issues in using a sata to ide adapter? Sata drives seem to be much more affordable then ide along with having larger storage capacities. redface.gif

Thanks for your help! biggrin.gif
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http://www.hackthatphone.com/AppleTVExternalHardDrive.shtml

If you have an external USB drive available, that'll be a lot easier and give you massively more space.
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It may be that as modern as is is, it has a simple PATA-SATA bridge like the T43 ThinkPads. If this is the case you can hook up a SATA drive after a few minutes with a soldering iron.
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Thanks for the reply guys smile.gif

Hmm the external may be a good option, i do have a few 1tb externals, but i tend not to be good with software related things redface.gif I may give it a try though as it does give alot more space.

Im not really sure if theres is any sort of sata bridge already, from the pictures ive seen it looks like just a pata cable, So i thought maybe i could just pop in an adapter to change a sata to a pata. I did find a WD 2.5 750gb black drive in my closet, again though like i said earlier not to good with software, last time i did try an clone 2 HDDs i wasn't able to get the clone drive to boot. frown.gif
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