Question RE: Thunderbolt & USB

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by StuMcBill, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. StuMcBill macrumors 6502

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    Hi

    I am planning on getting a MPB when they get the Ivy Bridge refresh, and I am assuming that the 13" will still have 2 x USB and 1 x Thunderbolt.

    I have 2 External USB Hard Drives, so if I connected them both, my USB ports would be all full up.

    I have heard about "crossing over" Thunderbolt to other connectors and also "daisy chaining" Thunderbolt devices together.

    So my question is, would it be possible to obtain a cable which goes from Thunderbolt -> miniUSB & Thunderbolt port, and then connect another cable (Thunderbolt -> miniUSB & Thunderbolt port), therefore connecting both of my USB Hard Drives and still having a free Thunderbolt Port (on the end of a cable) and both MB mounted USB ports free?

    Would this work, or have I misunderstood the situation?

    Thanks

    Stew
     
  2. jcpenn macrumors member

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    the easier way is to get an apple new display that has thunderbolt to connect usb, firewire, ethernet and display port all together. currently no one is selling thunderbolt end-point hub.
    also, you might want to consider just a simple usb2 hub, thus, you will only need to use one of your u2 ports and free up another one.
     
  3. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    I also suggest getting a USB hub. You'll only get a mess of cables from what you're suggesting, and even if they do make a TB hub later, you'll probably find yourself running out of USB ports on that hub too. I'm currently using two hubs and I'm almost needing a third myself.
     
  4. BiggAW macrumors 68020

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    I have a 7 port hub, and a four port built into my monitor, and most of those ports are in use in one manner or another. Much cheaper and simpler than some crazy TB solution.
     

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