Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Cable (0.5m) - White
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I have a late 2012 27inch iMac and a late 2012 21.5 inch iMac both with thunderbolt sockets. Can I connect the two together using the 21 as a monitor
Can i use this cable to connect my MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) with Benq SW 320 monitor which has a mini display port version 1.4
- Asked by Aarjav J from New Delhi
- 01 9, 19
- Flag as inappropriate (Can i use this cable to connect my MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) with Benq SW 320 monitor which has a mini display port version 1.4)
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Can this cable be used with external hard drives, if so what drives?
- Asked by Anonymous A from Xxxxxxx
- 07 15, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this cable be used with external hard drives, if so what drives?)
No drives currently available.
Some from Lacie in the pipeline.
- Answered by Ross D from Alford
- 07 19, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can this cable be used with external hard drives, if so what drives?)
How do I transfer data from my iMac without thunderbolt (only firewire) to my new Macbook Air with thunderbolt?
I upgraded from the Macbook Pro 2010 model to the new Macbook Air. I transfered the data from the Pro to my iMac via firewire. Now I need to transfer the same data from iMac to the new MBA with thunderbolt. Is there a cable that connects the firewire port on my iMac to the thunderbolt port on the new MBA?Best Answer:
If you are using transferring all of your data to the other Mac, the easiest and fastest way is to use 'Migration Assistant' with an ethernet cable as it can reach speeds of up to 2gb/s.
- Answered by Joseph C from Brighton
- 09 12, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How do I transfer data from my iMac without thunderbolt (only firewire) to my new Macbook Air with thunderbolt?)
Yes. The cabling is exactly the same in both Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2. As long as both devices support it, you'll get the faster 20Gbps speed.
- Answered by David S from Brooklyn
- 04 16, 17
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this cable support Thunderbolt 2 speeds when connecting two Thunderbolt 2 rated devices?)
Can I connect a 27" thunderbolt display to Dell Precision M4500 laptop?
Got a Dell Precision M4500 for my dad. It has a VGA port and a displayport...he likes a big screen so he can see it better. Have a 27" thunderbolt display. What cable do I use to connect the 2?
- Asked by Chris W from San Jose
- 04 19, 18
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I connect a 27" thunderbolt display to Dell Precision M4500 laptop?)
Can an iMac (Aug 2011) be used in target display mode with my MacBook Air (2012)?
I want to use an Aug 2011 iMac (21.5 inch) as a second display with a new Mac Book Air.
Is this possible with a Thunderbolt cable?Best Answer:
You can use any iMac with a Thunderbolt port as an external monitor for another Mac that has a Thunderbolt port as well. If you have the education-only model of the 21.5" iMac that started selling in august of 2011, you're out of luck, because it has not Thunderbolt port.
- Answered by Nicolas E
- 08 16, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can an iMac (Aug 2011) be used in target display mode with my MacBook Air (2012)?)
Can this be used to use an iMac 27Inch (2011) as a display for a pc with a mini display port output?
I have tried a mini display port cable and it doesn't work.
I can answer this myself as I took a chance and bought the cable. Connect the Mac Mini to the 27" iMac via the Thunderbolt cable and press cmd + F2 on the iMac keyboard to enter target display mode. The iMac becomes the display for the Mini, works a treat.
- Answered by William M
- 09 5, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I connect a new Mac Mini to a new iMac for display purposes using the Thunderbolt cable.)
Is it possible to connect a new iMac to my old 2009 MacBook Pro using the thunderbolt cable and use both screens to display work?
- Asked by Anonymous A from Xxxxxxxxxx
- 12 1, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Is it possible to connect a new iMac to my old 2009 MacBook Pro using the thunderbolt cable and use both screens to display work?)
Can I use my old iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) as the 2nd display for the new iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015) connecting with the Thunderbolt Cable?Answer
It would appear so, search for Apple article HT204592 on "Target Display Mode" and you should see how to make this work.
- Answered by Brian L from Tsueng Kwan O
- 06 30, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I use my old iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) as the 2nd display for the new iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015) connecting with the Thunderbolt Cable?)
UAD to Thunderbolt
If you upgrade to a new computer one that doesn't have a express card for your laptop then you have to use the thunderbolt option. What I want to know is what adaptor do you use to connect the UAD card to the thunderbolt cable.
- Asked by Alan W from Decatur
- 01 30, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (UAD to Thunderbolt)
can I connect the thunderbolt cable between macbook pro and ipod touch?
- Asked by Andrew T from Mouterre-sur-blourde
- 10 7, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (can I connect the thunderbolt cable between macbook pro and ipod touch?)
Is this cable used to transfer files between two macs?
Hi. I am planning to purchase a new macbook pro since the keyboard of my old one broke. I remember when I first bought this macbook pro, I also bought a cable that transferred all files to from my Macbook. Will this cable do the same things and transfer all files? I am not a tech-person, so I really don't understand the description. It would be great if you could help me. And if this isn't the product, will you please suggest what cable is good for transferring files?
- Asked by Kiyomi R from Carpinteria
- 03 20, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Is this cable used to transfer files between two macs?)
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 Anonymous A from Xxxxxxxxxx
- 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.