I keep seeing references to using a "bootable" USB drive with ATV-creator; however, at appletvjunkie.com, I saw instructions indicating that if you use ATV-creator and load the Apple TV 2.4 image, you can patch from a blank Mac-formatted USB drive without having the OSX system files on the USB drive. In other words, all you need is the USB drive, ATV-creator, and the Apple TV 2.4 image and you're good to go.
This is confusing, in that wired.com has a video in which they advise taking the easy route of loading XBMC-Live onto the USB drive to make it bootable before using ATV-Creator, versus going through the hassle of using the Leopard disk utility and Pacifist to load certain essential system files (but not drivers and such) on the USB drive. (Note that I was told that you can't create an emergency bootdisk on a USB drive with a Macbook - which is what I have - using the grey install disks that come with the laptop. I would need a full copy of the Leopard OS DVDs.)
So which is it? I successfully used ATV-creator to create a patch stick, but it is not an OSX bootable drive and I have yet to try it on my Apple TV. Will it do the job? If it won't and I do need to have an OS on the USB drive, can I now install XBMC-live to the patch stick I already created or will that erase essential ATV-creator files?
Thanks. I'm new at this and can use all the help I can get.