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I own an Apple TV, with 160GB of internal storage. I'm interested in replacing that hard drive with a larger one, perhaps 640GB, or else the largest 2.5" drive I can get that would be compatible.

Is it possible to replace the internal hard drive in an Apple TV, i.e. DIY?

If so, how, or where can I find more information?

Any tips about the challenges I will need to overcome: e.g. opening the device, copying old drive contents over, etc.?


p.s. I don't care about my warranty; it's long gone.

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Yes, you can. Good thing you don't care about your warranty though. Engadget published an article about it with instructions some time ago.

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The iFixit folks have a guide, as well.

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Be warned that, once you've replaced the HD, you won't be able to update the Apple TV software through the usual means. So you'll have to either remove the HD every time there's a new version (and go through the rather elaborate procedure to prepare and reinstall it), or you can get used to dismissing the update warning every time you want to watch a movie.

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This probably should have been a comment rather an answer. – Philip Regan Aug 29 '10 at 14:55
Useful as an answer. It answers the "Can" part of the question with " yes but you probably shouldn't. " – Chris W. Rea Aug 30 '10 at 0:48
@Chris W. Rea I've always been reluctant about this kind of answer. It doesn't even answer "yes" to the "can" part, it just says "you probably shouldn't". Comments are exactly for that. Answers are for, well, answers. Not for warnings. – zneak Sep 5 '10 at 19:34

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