Thunderbolt connection question - need external monitor and hard drive hookup

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by leftPCbehind209, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. leftPCbehind209 macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2010
    If I use the TB connection with a Mini Displayport HDMI adaptor so I can connect my MBP to an external monitor, what happens when I want to use the Thunderbolt connection to hookup a hard drive?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    As TB is daisy-chain capable, you connect the HDD to the Mac, then connect the display to the HDD.
  3. Mr MM macrumors 65816

    Mr MM

    Jun 29, 2011
    however thats only valid if you got a cinema display thunderbolt version. What you can do is to connect the external HD first then connect the display as the last piece of the chain. However I dont know if it would work, in principle it should
  4. leftPCbehind209 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2010
    Got it.

    I have a Dell U2410. I suppose that means that it'd be the last in the chain all the time since it doesn't have a TB port.


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