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USB port not functional by default

According to Apple, the USB connector on the Apple TV is reserved for Apple support only.

USB seems to be disabled software-wise (or even EFI-wise).

Given that Command-S will boot it into single user mode it seems unlikely that they've disabled the port via EFI.

How to enable USB

There is no known solution at this moment to use USB devices with Apple TV OS, but it will be posted here once it becomes available. (Some people have tried swapping IOUSB files, but that didn't work.)

Command-S boots single user mode

However, the USB port is fully functional hardware-wise:

Plug a keyboard in and press Command-S during startup will start up in Single-User mode.

Boot from USB drive

Connect bootable USB drive and press "menu" and "-" on the remote while you restart. Thanks Ozy for finding this out (Video) (YouTube)

Ozy used a cloned internal drive where he changed the boot picture in order to distinguish it from the internal drive. Since the Apple TV OS disables USB during the boot process, it doesn't fully boot. But hey, it's a start, isn't it? Next we'll make a Darwin mini USB drive image...

Boot from USB drive

phoem has instructions for restoring the contents of the internal hard drive from USB.