Connecting a Macbook Pro 2011 to a Macbook Pro 2016+

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Maffymac401, May 22, 2018.

  1. Maffymac401 macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2018
    Hello Everyone!

    I plan to purchase a new Macbook pro if they are announced at WWDC. Unfortunately, my Macbook Pro 15 inch late 2011 is no longer able to boot due into OSX to the GPU. If I am able to boot into target disk mode on the 2011, can I connect it to the newest generation of Macbook Pros and get data off the hard drive?

    If so, what is the minimum amount of cables/adapters do i need?

    Links would be greatly appreciated!

  2. organicCPU macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2016
  3. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    If I understand this correctly, you want to connect a new Mac (USB-c/TB3) to an older Mac (TB). You'll need 2 cables: A TB cable, and a TB to USB-c adapter. I used just such a combination a year ago when my daughter upgraded from a 2012 MBA to a 2016 MBP.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Connecting computers requires both to boot you would be better off getting a USB c Enclosure for the hard drive and whipping it out of the 2011 then you can just migrate the data and use the enclosure and drive as an external.
  5. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    @Samuelsan2001 has the best plan - the hard drive is easy to remove on a 2011 MBP (its even in the Apple user guide - those were the days!)

    Not sure I'd want a 7-year-old HD as a portable drive once I'd got the data off it - you could save pennies (and avoid having to fit the drive in an enclosure) by just getting a cheap USB-to-SATA cable (often sold for people upgrading hard drives) rather than a proper enclosure.

    Cheapest option would be something like - - you'll also need a USB-C to USB-A dongle but you'll probably want a few of those (or a hub/dock) anyway.

    Neater option would be a USB-C to SATA adapter - - but you're paying a premium for a USB-C version of something that you may only use once, and there are "proper" USB-C enclosures around for a similar price.

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