Target Disk Mode between Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mrnewbig, Nov 25, 2016.

  1. mrnewbig macrumors newbie


    Nov 25, 2016
    Hi there,

    currently I do have the 2012 Retina 15" Macbook Pro. Next week my new 2016 Touchbar Model is coming.
    I was wondering how I can migrate my data (1 TB). I'm sure that Target Disk Mode would be the quickest option for me (if I can get it to work), as my Time Machine backup in on the network and it's quite slow.

    Since the 2012 Macbook has got Thunderbolt 2 and the new Macbook has got the USB-C Style Thunderbolt 3 I was wondering if Target Disk Mode will still work between these two machines and which cable I would need?

    There is an Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Adapter from Apple. I already own a Thunderbolt 2 cable. Would this constellation work for target disk mode? I cannot find any information on this on Apple's website.

    Has anybody tried it?

  2. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    I did exactly that when I got my 2016 MBP Pro last week. It works perfectly.
  3. mrnewbig thread starter macrumors newbie


    Nov 25, 2016
    And you used the official adapter from Apple?

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