Looking for the perfect Thunderbolt dock (if it's possible)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Dwight Hitchum, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. Dwight Hitchum macrumors newbie

    Dwight Hitchum

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    #1
    Hi, everyone,

    I've been digging through these forums and the rest of the web with no luck, so here goes:

    I have a 2011 Mac Mini I would like to use as a server for USB 3 drives while networking it (via Thunderbolt Bridge) with my Retina Macbook Pro. The rMBP needs to access both USB 3 drives at a decent speed.

    So, I have a few options:
    1. Buy a new low-end Mac Mini (for around $500) with Thunderbolt and USB 3, or...
    2. Buy a Thunderbolt dock for my existing Mac Mini. I'm looking at the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock.

    Can a Thunderbolt dock maintain the Thunderbolt Bridge? If so, I'm definitely getting the dock as the latest Minis are a bit lackluster. What do you fine people think? Much thanks in advance!

    --Dwight
     
  2. mfram macrumors 65816

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    I'm confused. If you want to use a USB 3 drive, plug it into your rMBP directly. Why is the Mac Mini even in the picture here?
     
  3. Dwight Hitchum thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dwight Hitchum

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    Sorry for the confusion.

    I'll be unloading data on to the Mini's drives while simultaneously using the rMBP for more processor intensive tasks. I won't be able to use the Mini for anything other than dumping data (video footage).
     

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