nMP 6,1 Thunderbolt Docks

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

  1. Selsk macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2017
    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
    Last edited: May 15, 2019

    Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
  3. OldMike macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2009
    Dallas, TX
  4. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    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

    Jun 21, 2012
    The Mac Mini 2018 has a T2 chip. Did you change the boot security settings first?
  6. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014

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