Data transfer: Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by marddin, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. marddin macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    Is there a way to connect 2 thunderbolt devices (Retina to iMac) and transfer data quickly?

    I'm not interested in using target disk mode as this requires shutting down etc..
    I thought you could just connect 2 devices and it would show up as a device.

    Does anybody know of any utility to make a quick thunderbolt to thunderbolt data transfer?

    Thanks for your help everyone!
  2. rick3000 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    West Coast
    You cannot boot the internal drive to two devices at the same time. One of them has to be in Target Disk Mode, if the startup/shutdown time is too long you could use an external Thunderbolt drive and eject it to move it between the two.
  3. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Depending on the file sizes, it might be faster to leave GB ethernet set up and use 'shares'.
  4. FireWire2, Sep 24, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013

    FireWire2 macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008
    Thunderbolt is a host bus. You can not have 2x hosts in a data bus

    How about using some sort of portable/transferable data set.

    Source: Up to 16TB RAID5 volume (5x 4TB HDD) in eBOX-TeUS
    Once data loaded. Transfer the HDD set via sneaker net, postal, fedex, ups...

    Target: Insert the data loaded 16TB RAID5 into another eBOX-TeSU

    This is what my clients use to transfer data from shooting site to studio

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