nMP 6,1 Thunderbolt Docks

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Selsk, May 10, 2019.

  1. Selsk macrumors member

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    I need a thunderbolt dock for my trash can mac pro. I see a couple TB2 docks on the market, but much more TB3 ones obviously. Can I use the OWC TB3 dock with a TB3 to TB2 cable? Would I miss out on any of the dock's features besides the TB3 speed?

    Reason I'm asking, the docks are fairly expensive and I don't want to have to invest in more dead end TB2 stuff if I don't have to. At least I could potentially use a TB3 dock with say a new Mac Pro 7,1 etc down the road.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Synchro3, May 11, 2019
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  3. OldMike macrumors 6502

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  4. Synchro3 macrumors 68000

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    Ok, seems like booting TB3 drives with a TB2 Mac is no problem.

    But booting TB2 drives with a TB3 Mac is an issue.

    I have a TB3 Mac Mini 2018, and when I try to boot a drive from this TB2 enclosure it doesn't work without deconnecting an reconnecting the cable in the right time: https://www.firmtek.com/seritek/thundertek/chassis.php
     
  5. joevt macrumors 6502

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    The Mac Mini 2018 has a T2 chip. Did you change the boot security settings first?
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/can-you-boot-the-2018-mini-from-external-drive.2156345/
     
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