Enable USB Storage on 2.x

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This how-to is a compilation of bits and pieces of other how-tos in this wiki, such as


In order to enable mounting external USB devices, you will need

  • SSH access to the AppleTV, or its harddisk directly connected to your computer
  • Turbo's .kext enabler
  • Mac OS X Tiger - Intel extensions for USB mass storage I/O

Kext enabler

Let's start with Turbo's Kext enabler.

  • Copy it to the AppleTV in folder /sbin/ and check for the file's attributes:
sudo -s
cd /sbin/
ls -l turbo_kext_enabler.bin
  • You might want to change them to:
chown root:wheel turbo_kext_enabler.bin
chmod 555 turbo_kext_enabler.bin

Turbo's USB patch doesn't work for AppleTV 2.0 yet.

Kernel patch

Ben Mackin has written a kernel patcher for enabling USB.