I'm starting to appreciate Thunderbolt

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  1. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I know, there aren't any uses for it at the moment.

    However, yesterday I had to move 45GB worth of pictures from my desktop to my laptop. I considered moving them to my external HDD using USB 2.0, but then realized it would have taken me hours to copy from PC to HDD and then from HDD to Mac.

    So I settled on Ethernet (connected PC to Mac directly) and even that moved at an estimated rate of 95MB/s (according to Activity Monitor)

    However, I think for applications such as these, the advantage of Thunderbolt becomes very apparent. It didn't hit me till I sat down to do the math that TB would have moved at 1.25GB/s (I know real life speed would be hampered by HDD read/write speed but still that's impressive)

    I'm pretty excited to see what kind of accessories use this port.
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    SATA II spinning platter HD's are capped at about 95MB/s by hardware limitations, thunderbolt would not have moved your files any quicker than ethernet did.
     
  3. Adamantoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I did mention that. But still, SSDs will soon be the norm, I'm not sure what their read/write cap is but it's pretty exciting to think that in a couple years we could be moving all this data in a matter of seconds.

    I'm also interested in seeing some thunderbolt accessories like video cards, 3g/4g antennas, and various adapters.

    I never really had to move that amount of data until recently, and it just occurred to me how really crappy USB 2.0 is as a standard.
     
  4. edk99 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes but your still in a catch 22. By then you will just have more data. Sure it will be faster but will still take the same amount of time. lol
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Could very well be true. SSD's would've made your transfer much faster though, that,s for sure.
     
  6. MEGADETH1 macrumors newbie

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    How exactly do you set this up?
     
  7. darkeartg macrumors regular

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    I want to know as well
     
  8. Epic Xbox Revie macrumors 6502a

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    Just grab an ethernet cable and connect the two. Open up migration assistant and select what you want to transfer. (I believe)

    (You can also try using AirDrop! This may be even easier and about the same speed because it doesn't rely on your internet connection, rather a peer to peer connection)
     
  9. MEGADETH1 macrumors newbie

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    So this will work for Windows->Mac? Just connect an Ethernet between them, or a crossover cable?
     
  10. Epic Xbox Revie macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, on the Windows you may need to install Migration Assistant
     
  11. MEGADETH1 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!
     
  12. Mal macrumors 603

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    Actually, I would suspect there would be a speed advantage were you to connect them via Target Disk Mode over Thunderbolt, because there would be less overhead in the processing. Probably slight, however, so I don't disagree in principle with your post.

    jW
     
  13. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    You cannot cheat physics. Overhead is not the problem and the bandwidth is available, but you cannot get a hard disk drive to transfer its data faster than its ceiling.
     
  14. Adamantoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't even know there was a Migration Assistant program for PC.

    I just connected both machines with a straight Ethernet cable and deactivated the Wireless connections (to avoid ip conflicts), then I checked the ip address of the PC using 'ipconfig' in the command prompt.

    In Finder I then hit 'Command+k' and put in smb://'pc ip address' and I hit connect.

    Your PC should appear as a new mounted volume in Finder and you can move files between the two.

    But next time I'll be using the Migration Assistant, I think it's a much easier setup.
     
  15. Adamantoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do the 2011 MBPs support SATA III HDDs? What is their theoretical read/write ceiling?

    SSDs are just out of my price range at the moment.
     
  16. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

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    yes 2011 MBP's support SATA III enjoy.

    a 120GB SSD will run you about $200 with the latest San Force Controller.
     
  17. lugesm macrumors 6502a

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    Just bought a top-of-the-line 27" iMac with Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz. Beautiful machine, but . . .

    The things that frustrates me are:

    1. There are NO products to interface with these wonderful Thunderbolt ports.
    2. New USB-3 products are appearing every day.
    3. There is NO USB-3 on my new iMac.
    4. I suspect that USB-3 will become the future
    5. There is no Thunderbolt>USB3 converter available.

    My new machine is totally locked out of the high speed peripheral future. :mad:
     
  18. Adamantoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Couple years ago, I think I could get by with 120GB ... But not so much now.

    I certainly don't need 500GB, but if I were to get an SSD it would have to be 256GB. My RAW pictures alone consume 45GB ... When I process them (the good ones) in CS5 and save as 16 bit TIF they grow even larger. Music consumes at least 12GB.

    I'll look out for cheap SSDs though, hopefully they become affordable soon enough (i.e. 256GB for $150)
     
  19. Adamantoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it's annoying right?

    I just looked at Lacie's external hard drives. So many beautiful USB 3.0 drives and no TB ones (yet).

    They do have a thunderbolt drive planned this Summer though, so be on the look out.

    http://www.lacie.com/technologies/technology.htm?id=10039
     
  20. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    lugesm macrumors 6502a

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    You are 'technically' correct, but that is a "don't care" truth !

    I was aware of that product, but I don't expect to see a mad rush of ordinary users to buy such an expensive system.

    $2,000 . . . already ! I think I can live without that one.

    Who needs a 12TB backup system?
     
  23. lugesm macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I am aware that Lacie has 'promised' such a drive. Hope they follow through . . . but I note that they have delayed deliver once already.
     
  24. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    Who ever said Thunderbolt was for ordinary users? I have more than 12tB of storage on my network.
     
  25. lugesm macrumors 6502a

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    Enough.
     

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