Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Cable (0.5m) - Black
134 Questions from the Community
Can I migrate my Mac air to a Macbook pro retina?
Can This cable work with the migration from a Mac air to a new Macbook pro retina? I don't want to loose data during the tranfer to my new Mac Retina.
- Asked by Juan H from Miami Lakes
- 04 17, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I migrate my Mac air to a Macbook pro retina?)
What is wrong with USB that I have to use Thunderbolt?
Thunderbolt cables are hugely expensive and don't work on any other equipment I have that's not a Mac powerbook.
What benefit am I getting from Thunderbolt that USB 3 does not deliver?
- Asked by Jonathan B
- 12 11, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (What is wrong with USB that I have to use Thunderbolt?)
Thunderbolt is a more versatile interface than USB, it can transfer both data and video signal. That means you only need one port to accomplish data transfer and video output, there is no need for two separate ports (ex. USB and DisplayPort). Thunderbolt uses the old Mini DisplayPort so you can still use your VGA/DVI adapters. Thunderbolt also have Daisy Chain capability, you can connect up to 6 devices on one Thunderbolt port (ex. You don't need 6 ports to connect 6 devices).
Like another commenter said, the theoretical speed of Thunderbolt is up to 10GB/s, or 20GB/s for TB2. Whereas USB 3.0 is only 5GB/s. Although the practical speed won't be much different as the hard drives are nowhere close to that speed. A 5400rpm HDD will be >100MB/s, 7200rpm will be ~150MB/s (my numbers might be a little off), SSDs will range from 300MB/s to 700MB/s (depends on the NAND used). With that said, USB 3.0 is good enough for simple storage use (TB might be better for RAID and other storage systems), especially if you count in the cost factor. Your practical transfer speed depend more on the hard drive you use, so I suggest you to spend the money on a good hard drive/SSD.
Because Thunderbolt combines Mini DisplayPort and PCIe. Theoretically, you can get an external PCIe adapter and plug in something like a GPU (assuming the "drivers" and power supports). I'm particularly interesting in this because Apple doesn't like to give you a strong GPUs to drive a 2880x1880 Retina display on a 15" rMBP. Anyway, PCIe is a strong interface and it can add endless possibilities to a Mac. There is more to Thunderbolt than people think.
- Answered by Cong W from San Francisco
- 01 13, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What is wrong with USB that I have to use Thunderbolt?)
Can i use a thunderbolt cable to transfer from Macbook Pro 15-inch, Late 2008 - w/mini DVI (is that thunderbolt?) to new Macbook Pro?
I cant seem to get a clean answer when searching - looking to transfer data from my old 2008 macbook pro to the new one. My mini dvi looks exactly the same as the thunderbolt on new macs without the logo, is that the case?
Thanks, wanted to to check before ordering a $50 cabele
- Asked by Daniel T from Amityville
- 12 8, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can i use a thunderbolt cable to transfer from Macbook Pro 15-inch, Late 2008 - w/mini DVI (is that thunderbolt?) to new Macbook Pro?)
No, you can't sorry! the minidisplayport looks like thunderbolt but is not thunderbolt, I would suggest getting a firewire or usb cable to transfer.
Can this cable be used to transfer data between Macs?
Can this cable be used to transfer data between Macs?
- Asked by Noah K from Escondido
- 06 29, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this cable be used to transfer data between Macs?)
Yes, using Target Disk Mode between two thunderbolt equipped Macs.
- Answered by Mario C from Valley Glen
- 06 29, 11
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can i use thunderbolt cable to migrate from one Mac to another
- Asked by Martin M from Boston
- 09 5, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (can i use thunderbolt cable to migrate from one Mac to another)
Yes, you can. Connect the two Macs with the Thunderbolt cable, restart the source Mac while holding the T key and open Migration Assistant on the target Mac.
- Answered by Daniel B
- 09 18, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can i use thunderbolt cable to migrate from one Mac to another)
Can I connect two MacBook pros and use one to mirror the display of the other?
I want to use my second MacBook Pro as a display for the first MacBook Pro.
- Asked by Marsha G from Hampton
- 01 23, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I connect two MacBook pros and use one to mirror the display of the other?)
No. The same digital signal is passed in either case.
- Answered by Michael M from Chatsworth
- 06 30, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will the use of this Thunderbolt cable enhance my video display on a thunderbolt compatible external monitor?)
Will the lighting cable plug in this cable for quicker sinking for iTunes?
Looking at the two cable it seems that the lighting tip should slid it to the thunderbold cable. If that is the case how much faster can would transfers from itunes to iPod go.
- Asked by Roosevelt J from Las Vegas
- 09 13, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Will the lighting cable plug in this cable for quicker sinking for iTunes?)
Will this cable enable you to use the Mid 2010 iMac with Mini Display Port as a display for the new MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt in clam shell mode?Best Answer:
No, You can only use "Taget Display Mode" with a 2011 iMac and a 2011 MacBook Pro.
I have a nice new iMac 21.5" (mid 2011 model) Need to connect my HD archives and my old G3 Powerbook all FIREWIRE.... how? Is there an adaptor?
Use iMac late 2009 as a second display connected to iMac late 2014
Not sure if possible, is it possible to use my iMac Late 2009 as a second display for the iMac late 2014 build.
The old iMac has a Mini display port and the new iMac has only thunderbolt connections?
I am confused after reading apples FAQ's
Appreciate any help, thank you
- Asked by John A from Eastbourne
- 04 24, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Use iMac late 2009 as a second display connected to iMac late 2014)
Yes, the iMac late 2009 supports Target Display Mode (TDM)
Cable Supported: Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort
Port on Source Computer: Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt ports are backwards compatible, meaning they support MiniDisplay Port cables. Your iMac 2009 with MiniDisplay Port does not support Thunderbolt. So you will need a Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable; this would then be plugged into Mini DisplayPort in 2009 iMac and Thunderbolt port on 2014 iMac.
Command F2 on the 2009 iMac would put this computer into TDM, with the 2014 iMac as the source computer.
- Answered by Michael R from Golden
- 06 1, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Use iMac late 2009 as a second display connected to iMac late 2014)
Audio support when connected to iMac 2011 27' as an external display
Does the audio come out from the iMac or the macbook?
- Asked by Tsz Chun L from Everett
- 05 9, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Audio support when connected to iMac 2011 27' as an external display)
Can the Apple Thunderbolt Firewire cable be used to connect my minidv sony camera to my macbook air?
When I purchased my macbook air I lost my firewire port and the ability to connect my video camera. Will this cable solve my problem and allow me to connect my sony video camera that uses firewire to my macbook air?
- Asked by Paul N from Chicago
- 06 19, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can the Apple Thunderbolt Firewire cable be used to connect my minidv sony camera to my macbook air?)
no. this is just a thunderbolt cable. you need to wait till july when apple releases the thunderbolt to firewire adapter.
- Answered by Timothy P from Los Angeles
- 07 4, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can the Apple Thunderbolt Firewire cable be used to connect my minidv sony camera to my macbook air?)
Can I use Apple Thunderbolt Cable to hook my 2012 macbook pro retina to a monitor? (Dell U2414H, which accept HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort)
No answers yet
Thunderbolt cables are special cables to be used only between two Thunderbolt-capable devices. If your storage device has only FireWire ports, you need a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor, but these are pretty expensive as are the Thunderbolt-native storage devices currently on the market. Sorry no simple, inexpensive solutions, at lease not yet
- Answered by Tom R from Cupertino
- 01 4, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (thunderbolt cable connect to a macbook air to an external storage device through firewire port on device?)
Can I easily transfer files from Mac to Mac with this cable?
Can I easily transfer big files from Mac to Mac? Will it be something as easy as Airdrop? Obviously it will have the cable plugged in, but can I just drag and drop the file somewhere to have it transferred?
- Asked by Seth T from Glen Allen
- 11 24, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I easily transfer files from Mac to Mac with this cable?)
Yes. How easy this is depends on the system version.
Method 1: With all versions of (Mac) OS X, you can transfer files by starting up one of the Macs in Thunderbolt target mode (holding the T key while it starts up) and using that Mac as an external drive.
Method 2: Starting from 10.9 Mavericks, you can also use the Thunderbolt cable to create an IP link between two running computers, and use file sharing.
- Answered by Peter S
- 03 18, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I easily transfer files from Mac to Mac with this cable?)
"Apple Thunderbold (TBLT) can also be used for Target Disk Mode between two Macs that support TBLT", but this will not work with TBLT to/from Mini DV?
- Asked by Curtis B from Huber Heights
- 06 29, 11
- Flag as inappropriate ("Apple Thunderbold (TBLT) can also be used for Target Disk Mode between two Macs that support TBLT", but this will not work with TBLT to/from Mini DV?)
Only from thunderbolt to thunderbolt port.
So far the Black Magic Design Cinema Camera appears to be the only camera that supports Thunderbolt. It is somewhat expensive but looks like it would be worth the cost.
- Answered by Christopher A from Glenwood
- 05 10, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (what professional camcorders are competable with Thunderbolt, to transfer video from a camcorder to iMac)