Thunderbolt Supports Booting From External Disk

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    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.

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    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.

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    I'm sorry, but this alone is worth the "absurd" $50 cable.
     
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    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
     
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    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).
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    …Proprietary?

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

    Yet.
     
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    YES!!! 2xOCZ vertex 3 with SATA 3 RAID 0 in small TB box behind my iMac27". YEAS please/.
     
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    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.
     
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    Um... any modern mac can boot from USB as well as FW, not sure why anyone expected TB to be any different.
     
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    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.
     
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    Just wait for Monoprice to add Thunderbolt cables to their inventory.

    The rest, as they say, will be history. :)
     
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    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: ?
     
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    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?


     
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    When the external SSD enclosures launch, yes.
     
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    Light Peak, the codename for Thunderbolt. Because that won't cause confusion at all :rolleyes:
     
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    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.
     
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    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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