Ever wonder how to dissect your Apple TV? This step by step video tutorial will walk you through the process. It also covers attaching the Apple TV hard drive to a Macintosh computer and recovering data from the drive to import back into iTunes.
Aside from the recently launched movie rentals library, the Apple TV is great for synchronizing media files such as music and videos from a networked computer running iTunes to your widescreen TV. But what happens if that networked computer craps out (from a dead hard drive, for example) and your data is lost forever? Luckily the Apple TV has a copy of everything still saved, which you can use to recover what you’ve lost.
To do so, you must remove the hard drive from the Apple TV, attach it to a Mac, and use the mounted drive to transfer the files back into iTunes. Check out our video tutorial to see exactly how this can be done:
Higher Quality iPod/iPhone Compatible Video Link:
Apple TV Hard Drive Removal and Media Recovery (m4v format)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Tools / Parts Used:
- Macintosh computer running Mac OS X and iTunes
- Sharp prying object
- T9 Torx screwdriver
- T10 Torx screwdriver
- Universal USB HDD Adapter