How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

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These are instructions on how to install USB Hard Drive Support on a Take 2 Apple TV. To follow this tutorial you will need to have an Intel Tiger Disk 1 version 10.4.8 or higher. The disc I used was Mac OS version 10.4.8, AHT version 3A114, Disc version 1.2, 2Z691-5946-A.

To follow this tutorial you must already have SSH installed on your AppleTV. Instructions can be found here to install SSH.

Step One
Download the Take2USB zip to your Desktop for your appropriate firmware version:

2.0.0: Take2USB-2.0.0.zip
2.0.1: Take2USB-2.0.1.zip
2.0.2: Take2USB-2.0.2.zip

Step Two
Download the firmware dmg to your desktop for your AppleTV version.

2.0.0: 2Z694-5274-109.dmg
2.0.1: 2Z694-5387-25.dmg
2.0.2: 2Z694-5428-3.dmg

Step Three
Insert your Intel Tiger Install Disk 1 into your computer and make sure it mounts
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Four
Double click the Apple TV firmware dmg you downloaded to your desktop. (ie 2Z694-5428-3.dmg). It will mount a volume called OSBoot.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Five
Double click the Take2USB zip file you downloaded to your desktop. This will extract a folder called Take2USB.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Six
Launch Terminal from your Applications:Utilities folder.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Seven
Enter cd ~/Desktop/Take2USB into the Terminal window and press Enter.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Eight
Enter sudo ./getfiles.sh into the Terminal window and press the Enter key.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Nine
When asked for a password enter your administrator password.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Ten
The script will locate all the files you require and create a file called Take2USB.tar on your Desktop.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Eleven
Input the following command into the Terminal window (NOTE*: You could use your AppleTV's IP Address instead of AppleTV.local)
scp -1 -r ~/Desktop/Take2USB.tar frontrow@AppleTV.local:~/.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Twelve
If asked whether to continue connecting type yes and hit Enter.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Thirteen
If asked for a password enter frontrow and press Enter.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Fourteen
Now input the following command into the Terminal window to ssh into your AppleTV
ssh -1 frontrow@AppleTV.local
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Fifteen
If asked for a password enter frontrow and press Enter.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Sixteen
Input the follow command into the Terminal window to extract the Take2USB.tar file
tar xvf Take2USB.tar
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV


Step Seventeen
Enter cd Take2USB into the Terminal window and press Enter to move into the newly created directory.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Eighteen
Execute the following command to complete the USB installation
sudo ./putfiles.sh
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Nineteen
If asked enter frontrow as your password and press Enter.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Twenty
Once you have been notified that installation is complete you can unplug your AppleTV to restart it.
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

Step Twenty One
Once your AppleTV has completed you will have USB functionality!

How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV

You can even view your connected USB Hard Drive in ATVFiles!
How to Install USB on a Take 2 AppleTV


THANKS**: Big thanks to turbo for making this possible and to everyone who contributed!

Anim8ED - February 19, 2009 at 11:11pm
PLEASE HELP! I cannot figure out why keep getting this on step 20... -bash-2.05b$ sudo ./putfiles.sh Password: cp: /Users/frontrow/Take2USB/usr/bin/nano: No such file or directory USB Install Completed -bash-2.05b$ The ONLY error and I am stuck I have tried 2.0.2 and 2.3 ATV firmware with the same error. Anyone else seeing the same thing and still able to use a USB hard drive? THANKS!
TDH - February 5, 2009 at 11:27am
See this thread for simplified setup. http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=2180
Lawrence R Carter - February 5, 2009 at 11:10am
Help, i followed the above procedure, however, after i restart the atv the remote does not function.
miskatonic - January 16, 2009 at 11:08am
Hi ereyone! Thanks to this fantastic page i have ssh, usb and ATV files perfectly working in my ATV, (especially thanks to Alynpier). Now, when installing Nito TV I have some problem with \"smart Installer\". It needs the \"MacOsxUpdCombo10.4.9.Intel.dmg\" in the folder Documents of ATV. I have this file in the Desktop of my computer. Via terminal,I tried \"scp -1 -r ~/Desktop/MacOsxUpdCombo10.4.9.Intel.dmg frontrow@AppleTV.local:~/Documents\" It seemed that has been copied to \"somewhere\" in ATV (it lasts for five minutes) but when i try Smart Installer isn\'t working (still message \"you must have MacOsxUpd... in /Documents\". So, Can someone tell me wich is the appropiate code line to copy, via terminal, from Desktop to Documents Folder the .dmg? or to change its location in ATV? (from this \"somewhere\" I copied it to the correct Documents folder) All of this because I\'m very new in terminal sintaxis, if you know where I can find information about it\'s also wellcomed. Thanks in advance!
Alynpier - February 22, 2009 at 5:13am
@miskatonic Try to connect your ATV via Cyberduck (that is the way I copy/delete files from my iMac). server : AppleTV.local port : 21 log/pass : frontrow Then you will be able to copy \"MacOsxUpdCombo10.4.9.Intel.dmg\" right in the folder Documents of ATV. If this file is already somewhere (you copied it) you will be able to move it in the right place.
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