TB3 peripheral (AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad Mini) with 2013 iMac 27 TB1?

Can this adapter be used do add this Akitio peripheral (4bay ssd) to a 2013 iMac 27 i7 which has TB1? port. I know the speed will be limited, but I am assuming the iMac will be upgraded before the drive bays.

Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

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  • It should work. The AKiTiO Thunder3 Quad Mini is macOS compatible. The Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter allows connecting Thunderbolt 2 devices to Thunderbolt 3 computers. It also allows connecting Thunderbolt 3 devices to Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 1 computers. You should be running macOS Sierra or later (the AKiTiO says 10.12.3 and later).

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  • Just tried to connect a 2015 5K iMac with TB2 to a Lacie USB-c/TB3 hard drive using this adapter and it did not work. The drive works with a USB-c to USB3 cable so it seems that not all peripherals will work with this adapter on older iMacs.

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