Thunderbolt Supports Booting From External Disk

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    MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Ever since Apple and Intel introduced the Thunderbolt high-speed data connectivity standard back in late February, there has been speculation about whether the standard would support booting from external disks. At that initial release on revamped MacBook Pros, Andy Ihnatko reported that booting was not supported, although Target Disk Mode was supported. But a report from The Mac Observer early last month indicated that booting from disk would be supported over Thunderbolt.

    With Apple's Thunderbolt cable and the first third-party drive systems hitting the Apple Store yesterday, Apple posted a few support articles outlining some of the Thunderbolt functionality, but failing to disclose any booting capabilities and thus leaving potential customers still in the dark about compatibility.

    AnandTech's 12 TB Promise RAID setup

    It now appears, however, that we do have confirmation that booting over Thunderbolt is supported, as we received word yesterday from a reader who had received multiple confirmations from LaCie representatives that the feature will indeed be supported. Meanwhile, AnandTech has already received one of the new 12 TB RAID systems from Promise and confirms that booting over Thunderbolt is supported.

    Article Link: Thunderbolt Supports Booting From External Disk
  2. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    I'm sorry, but this alone is worth the "absurd" $50 cable.
  3. MoreAwesomeDanU macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2010
    sweet! now i won't have to take my imac apart to get a ssd drive in there for the os and all the apps
  4. dethmaShine macrumors 68000

    Apr 13, 2010
    Into the lungs of Hell
  5. 2 Replies macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    There's really no reason why it shouldn't.
    If Apple expects their proprietary cable to become a defacto standard they can't be imposing restrictions just to protect their precious... (OSX).
  6. Noiseboy macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2002
    Lurking nearby.
    While it's good to know that it is indeed supported it will be some time before it comes down into my price range though hopefully more and more peripherals will spring up in the coming weeks/months.
  7. 0815 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there but not over there
    Anything else would have been a big fail.

    This is the beauty of MacOS that you can easily clone (a live running) system to external drives and than boot up the same (or complete different Mac) from that image. Would have been sad not to support this.
  8. gmcalpin macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2008
    Sweet! Now I just need to wait for OWC to make Thunderbolt enclosures and Monoprice to make Thunderbolt cables, and I can buy an iMac instead of a Mac Pro for my next computer.
  9. gmcalpin macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2008

    The fact that they are currently the only people making them doesn't mean it's proprietary.
  10. shamino macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    I assume that other manufacturers will start shipping TB cables for less money.

    Just like an HDMI cable that sells for $75 at a retail store can be purchased for $10 from other suppliers, I expect that in a few months, we'll be able to find TB cables selling in the $5-10 range.
  11. BTGeekboy macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2008
  12. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    Agreed. The need for MacPros is diminishing. A few more years and a low-end Air will be snappy enough for most current programs and with Thunderbolt it will be an excellent portable that expands to a snappy desktop.
  13. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    Oh I don't doubt this at all. I just meant that for now, people are bugging out about Apple's, when it should be obvious that they'd charge the premium as you can't get the cable elsewhere.

  14. uncle.zed macrumors member


    Nov 17, 2009
    YES!!! 2xOCZ vertex 3 with SATA 3 RAID 0 in small TB box behind my iMac27". YEAS please/.
  15. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    You know, I knew there was a reason why they put all that bloat in the software...your vision of the future would definitely cramp sales at the high end of the market.

    Seriously, as pointed out, anything less than being able to boot off an external drive via TB would have been a huge fail.
  16. macbwizard macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2005
    Um... any modern mac can boot from USB as well as FW, not sure why anyone expected TB to be any different.
  17. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    So now we *like* Thunderbolt?

    Yesterday a lot of you panned it as a failure or approaching one, and now it's "I WANT."

    Gotta love the usual MR crew.
  18. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
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    I like it.
  19. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Just wait for Monoprice to add Thunderbolt cables to their inventory.

    The rest, as they say, will be history. :)
  20. Stente macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2007
    iMac + external SSD = win?

    So this means I can buy a SSD external drive for my iMac and boot up through it?

    I would greatly appreciate an answer :eek: ?
  21. ratsg macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2010
    Its not proprietary, and its not Apple's. It's Intel's.

    Didn't we have a story last week where either HP or Sony was adding Thunderbolt technology to their systems, but under a different name?

  22. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    When the external SSD enclosures launch, yes.
  23. Biolizard macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    London, United Kingdom
    Light Peak, the codename for Thunderbolt. Because that won't cause confusion at all :rolleyes:
  24. bmk macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    The point is that Thunderbolt speeds would mean it would be as fast or faster than your internal hard drive. Yes it's possible to boot with a firewire disk but it's not practical to use it in any real sense to work on.
  25. Nanker/Phelge macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2010
    Does anyone with a TB Macbook Pro/iMac and another non TB comp have TB cable in hand yet? If so can you check if Target Disk Mode works via the Mini Displayport jack?

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