I need both speed and an external monitor

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  1. LSalander macrumors newbie

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    so here is my problem:
    I have a late 2011 MBP with one Thunderbolt port and 2 USB2 ports.

    I have to access specific data(archival material) fast and be able to handle those big files on a bigger screen.

    So I thought I would go for a Lacie Thunderbolt drive and a 27" monitor.
    Problem is: there's only one Thunderbolt port....so it's either or...

    Then I thought that I could plug a monitor into the Thunderbolt port with an adaptor, making sure that monitor had an USB3 port I could go for a USB3 hard drive and get both speed and bigger screen.

    Question is: would this even work since my MBP doesn't support USB3 in the first place?

    Other solution could be to get a Thunderbolt drive connect it to the MBP then connect the monitor to the Hard Drive with the USB3 port... not sure this would be possible actually.

    I can't really replace my MBP and get one that supports USB3, nor can I get a Thunderbolt monitor :)
    Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks
     
  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Get a Thunderbolt drive that has a second Thunderbolt port. Then you can plug a the drive into your Mac, and then plug a Mini-Displayport cable into the back of the hard drive.

    Using a monitor with USB 3 support won't help, since it will be plugging into a USB 2 port on your mac.
     
  3. chabig macrumors 68040

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    The LaCie ThunderBolt Hub ($199) is also a nice accessory because it can daisy chain to the display while supporting two eSATA drives.
     
  4. LSalander thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I had thought of that lacie drive with dual Thunderbolt connection as out of my budget but there are some refurb now, will give this a go.
     
  5. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    or you could get a thunderbolt display and just run an external drive from the passthrough on that
     
  6. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    What size 2011 model do you have?
    If you have the 17in, you can add USB3 as well.
     
  7. LSalander thread starter macrumors newbie

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    13" as this was what I need (travel a lot) and could afford...
     

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