Sharing Thunderbolt HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by mediamab, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. mediamab macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008

    We will soon have 2 thunderbolt macs - both are laptops. We would like to get an external HDD a d share this. Can we do this and have both directly connected or do we need to keep changing the cable? We will both have the thunderbolt display so would be great if we just plug the screen in and both have direct connection from that to the drive.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Let me just get this straight,

    You have two laptops + 2 thunderbolt displays?
    You don't want to share the drive on the network?

    Which thunderbolt device are you thinking of buying?

    Are you going to have enough thunderbolt ports? most laptops only have one, is one machine going to be the new macbook pro?
  3. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    Yes you can share the drive fine. You will simply plug it into one of the macs, then toto system preferences, sharing, then enable file sharing and add the external drive as a share. A few clicks and it's done.


    Irrelevant. The thunderbolt displays have an additional thunderbolt port to allow for daisy chaining thunderbolt devices.

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