Thunderbolt Macbook Pro to Thunderbolt iMac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EasyRider, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. EasyRider macrumors regular

    EasyRider

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    I am wondering if you connect your Macbook Pro to iMac via thunderbolt cable, are you able to transfer files back and forth? Like a mounted disk?
     
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    I do not believe there is support at this time.
     
  3. EasyRider thread starter macrumors regular

    EasyRider

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    Doesn't that seem a little ridiculous? Does it also not work that way for a USB connection? I guess its not a deal breaker but seems like some people would find that useful.

    I guess maybe not that ridiculous since you can't do it with iphone/ipad without a special app.
     
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Actually, you can't do this with USB either unless you have a special adapter cable. It makes sense to me I suppose. I also bet that you'll see this available as the technology matures in the next few years.
     
  5. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    If you have a reasonably recent Airport Extreme router or Time Capsule, you can transfer files between your machines at speeds greater than USB... wirelessly. http://www.tuaw.com/2011/05/06/new-imac-macbook-pro-support-450-mbit-sec-wi-fi/

    Frankly, this is a good reason to go Apple for wireless hardware, IMHO. Especially if the rumors are true of a refresh next week that will incorporate caching and speedy synching of iOS devices.
     
  6. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

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    u might be able to do FireWire target disk mode with the firewire 800 ports.

    not sure if this still works with the newer machines, but it does work for the older ones (such as early 2008 macbook pros).
     
  7. Mal macrumors 603

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    Thunderbolt supports Target Disk Mode. Apple hasn't gotten around to posting a support document on this, and I haven't tried it myself, but I believe these same steps, but substituting Thunderbolt for Firewire allegedly works just fine. Give it a try and let us know!

    jW
     
  8. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Very good to know. Has anyone tested this yet? Does it work?
     
  9. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

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    "Does Thunderbolt support Target Disk Mode and Migration Assistant?

    On the new MacBook Pro models, you can use Target Disk Mode over a computer-to-computer Thunderbolt connection. (We assume this will be the case with future Thunderbolt-equipped Macs, as well.) However, Mac OS X’s Migration Assistant software doesn’t currently support Thunderbolt connections."

    http://www.macworld.com/article/1581...#lsrc.rss_main
     

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