Can you connect more than 2 iMac's to a Thunderbolt external drive database?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by krmedbr, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. krmedbr macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2008
    Considering a thunderbolt external to store our 6TB image database. There are only 2 TB connectors on TB external drives. How can I connect 5 imacs to 1 TB external?

    Thanks !
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Don't even think you can connect the 2 posts to 2 iMacs.

    You can connect the drive to one iMac and then share the drive on the network, wired or wireless, you can do so in the file sharing Preference Pane.
    It won't be as fast as direct connection but I think it's the only option.

    I think what you actually want is to connect the external with TB Cable to the first iMac and then another TB Cable to the next and so on, never tried this out and I think it won't work although I am not 100% sure.
  3. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    the 2 TB connectors are for daisy chaining, NOT for connecting to multiple macs which you cannot do. What you need to connect multiple macs is an NAS.
  4. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Or connect it to one of the Macs (the one that needs the performance)... and share it on the network. This essentially creates a NAS.

    Network attached drives do not get very good performance. If you really need the performance... you should buy local drives for each computer.

  5. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    This is what I currently do and it works wonderfully.

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