Thunderbolt cables ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by splatterific, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. splatterific macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2012
    I recently bought an external hd with thunderbolt for my iMac. I'd does have 2 thunderbolt interfaces on the back. I've the net high low and couldn't seem to find a definitive answer to my question. " can I use a minidisplay port cable on my thunderbolt drive" ? Any info would be great. Thanks all!!!
  2. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    The cable between your Mac and the drive has to be a Thunderbolt cable. Thunderbolt 1&2 cables are active cables with a "cable controller" chip built in to the connectors at each end. MiniDP cables won't carry Thunderbolt data.

    However, you can connect a MiniDisplayPort cable between the spare port on the drive and a display with MiniDisplayPort input - Or use any of the usual MiniDisplayPort-to-VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort adapters.
  3. splatterific thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2012
    Thanks for the responses. I figured there was a good reason why the tb cables were allot more

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