Can two computers be linked via Thunderbolt?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LoneRider, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. LoneRider macrumors member

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    So say you have a lot of files on one computer you want to transfer to a second computer and both have Thunderbolt ports.

    Can you hook them up and "see" the other to transfer files or is Thunderbolt only for "peripherals" and doesn't allow such a connection?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    You can connect the two using Target Disk Mode. Just like with FireWire, but instead using Thunderbolt. I am not sure if you can create a network between two Macs connected via Thunderbolt like you could FireWire.
     
  3. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    interesting. Can you do this in OSX without target disk mode too? 10Gb\s transfer speeds would be nice :)
     
  4. theSeb macrumors 604

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    No, you cannot. In addition you don't get anywhere near those theoretical speeds. In fact, target disk mode via thunderbolt is painfully slow right now.
     
  5. carestudio macrumors 6502

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    you will need to do this through NIC. Atto has a new Thunderbolt gigabit solution.
     
  6. Brandon263 macrumors 6502

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    You can use Airdrop to wirelessly connect them.
     
  7. shardey macrumors 6502a

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    The OP is wanting to connect via Thunderbolt for speed. Hell even connecting through ethernet would provide much greater bandwidth with lower latency.
     
  8. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Not to mention no HDD/SDD has read/write speeds at even 5Gb/s
     

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