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iamJaymes

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Aug 27, 2011
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I bought a thunderbolt cable, hoping i can quickly zoom files from my 2011 27" iMac and my 2015 macbook air.

i plugged it in and my air has thunderbolt bridge ready to go but my iMac isn't having it, doesn't do anything when the cable is connected. I checked system report and it's saying the port is in use but nowhere else is showing it.

I tried clicking the plus in Network to see if i can add thunderbold bridge but its just ethernet and other options.

Did I miss something glaringly obvious? =/
 

iamJaymes

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Aug 27, 2011
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Have you tried to set the iMac in target disk mode?
no. I was under the impressions thats just if you want to use one mac as a display for the other? I want to keep both macs running and working independently but use the cable to transfer files.

Am I wrong?
 
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MRxROBOT

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If you want to transfer files while both Macs are on, make sure to turn file sharing on. It's located in System Preferences --> Sharing

Thunderbolt does however have faster throughput in Target Disk Mode. Start the Mac while holding the 'T' Key.
 
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iamJaymes

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If you want to transfer files while both Macs are on, make sure to turn file sharing on. It's located in System Preferences --> Sharing

Thunderbolt does however have faster throughput in Target Disk Mode. Start the Mac while holding the 'T' Key.
It's on.

I followed this exact tutorial, got to network and thunderbolt bridge just isnt there in my imac.
 
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iamJaymes

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You need 10.9 for Thunderbolt Bridge.
I swear another tutorial said I needed 10.6.8 minimum.
I'll see if I can update to 10.9, thanks for your help. was driving me slightly mad.
[doublepost=1466877068][/doublepost]I tried updating it says my hard drive has SMART errors so I can't update.
How else can I use this cable to transfer files? Must have been a way before Bridge came alone? =s
 
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JohnDS

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If your drive has S.M.A.R.T. errors, that means it is failing and you should backup the drive and replace it right away before it becomes unreadable.
[doublepost=1466882029][/doublepost]You can transfer files using Target Disk Mode:

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH10725?locale=en_US

However, what you really need to do is to buy a replacement drive, clone your failing drive to the replacement using a USB3 enclosure or adapter, then swap the new drive into your computer.

This is a good time to consider upgrading to an SSD which will immensely speed up your computer.
 
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iamJaymes

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Aug 27, 2011
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If your drive has S.M.A.R.T. errors, that means it is failing and you should backup the drive and replace it right away before it becomes unreadable.
[doublepost=1466882029][/doublepost]You can transfer files using Target Disk Mode:

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH10725?locale=en_US

However, what you really need to do is to buy a replacement drive, clone your failing drive to the replacement using a USB3 enclosure or adapter, then swap the new drive into your computer.

This is a good time to consider upgrading to an SSD which will immensely speed up your computer.
I'm in the UK and every price I keep seeing is over £200 ... for a HDD? Probably cheaper to sell my imac and buy another 2011 27" with a healthier HDD ....
 
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Fishrrman

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OP wrote:
"...hoping i can quickly zoom files from my 2011 27" iMac and my 2015 macbook air."

Probably the best way to do this is with a plain-old-fashioned USB flash drive.
Yes, it's a couple of extra steps, but.... IT WORKS.
 
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