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AtvCloner Redux ….

September 23, 2013

UPDATE 1/13/2018: AtvCloner now available via my GitHub . I have noticed for whatever reason there are still some folks looking for the old AtvCloner. I went ahead and uploaded it to my GitHub. Seems to still work fine, I just tested it on MacOs 10.13 High Sierra and worked just fine.


Well, its been a fair bit of time since my previous site was abandoned.  Basically in my free time I work on the  HandBrake project and also wrote a piece of software for the AppleTv 1st gen called AtvCloner. While the AppleTV 1 is deprecated it has many advantages actually over the AppleTv 2 and 3.

The AtvCloner app is currently Mac only and is designed so you can hook your AppleTV 1 hard drive to your mac via a pata to usb adapter and re-image the drive to a larger drive, replacement drive or alternatively install a XBMC / Linux variant that is Broadcom Crystal HD  enabled via a (fairly) intuitive Graphical User Interface.

For any of you that wondered what happened when my original site went down, basically real life intervened and I was tired of keeping up the site and paying the servers fees etc. . That said there seems to be still enough interest on the interwebs that I felt maybe I could still offer something for those interested once in a while.

I will update this as I have time and its anything relevant, but for now anyone looking for AtvCloner  you can grab it from my Dropbox.


EDIT: Now available on GitHub

I will be posting more info regarding the XBMC / Linux info and images for modifying your AppleTv1 to run  the fairly well known XBMC / Linux / CHD modded AppleTV 1. Its a bit different but it really unleashes the power of the AppleTv 1. More to come with that.

  1. Doug permalink

    Hi I am having a problem with ATVCLoner. Have used it to convert a pair of ATVGen1 to 160 and 320GB in the past several years ago but can’t seem to copy the 3 dmg files from the original ATV 40G HD anymore. I get a permission denied error as such; I have several old 40GB ATV hard drives and I get the same message for all of them.

    /dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
    0: GUID_partition_scheme *320.1 GB disk0
    1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
    2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 319.2 GB disk0s2
    3: Apple_Boot Recovery HD 650.0 MB disk0s3
    /dev/disk1 (external, physical):
    0: GUID_partition_scheme *40.0 GB disk1
    1: EFI EFI 35.7 MB disk1s1
    2: Apple_Recovery 419.4 MB disk1s2
    3: Apple_HFS OSBoot 943.7 MB disk1s3
    4: Apple_HFS Media 38.5 GB disk1s4
    Copying efi.dmg with dd (approx. 34 mb)…
    Copying recovery.img with dd (approx. 400 mb) …
    Copying boot.img with dd (approx. 900 mb) …
    Unmount of all volumes on disk1 was successful
    dd: /dev/disk1s1: Permission denied
    dd: /dev/disk1s2: Permission denied
    dd: /dev/disk1s3: Permission denied

    I am using OS X El Capitan 10.11.5

    I have gone under the mounted volumes and unlocked them and allowed read and write privileges for every user and done the same with my MAC hard drive.

    Any Ideas?

    Thanks in advance


  2. Try running AtvCloner as administrator. I haven’t used it on El Cap but I think due to sandboxing you need to run AtvCloner as adminstrator.

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