Using an iMac as display for rMBP

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  1. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

    Commy1

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    I realize this might be a well talked about topic,

    What I want to know is, while using the iMac as a display for a MBP via Thunderbolt cable, does the harddrive in the iMac become accessible to the MBP as an external drive? Is it possible to do this with a partition?

    What else remains active in the iMac? From a cursory search I read that the CPU will remain active which I assume takes stress off the MBP?

    Can someone break down the whole set up for me?
     
  2. Basic75 macrumors regular

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    "The CPU will remain active" means that the iMac will continue to run as independent computer, not that you will suddenly have the equivalent of a 2-CPU MBP (nice as that would be). You can then remote desktop or ssh into the iMac from the MBP to use it.
     
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

    FreakinEurekan

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    The iMac is totally independent; other than the screen. If you set the iMac onto some long task (a big Handbrake conversion queue; SETI@home; whatever) it'll continue doing it. If you have a 2nd external display connected to the iMac, you can continue directly using the iMac with that display.
     

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