Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2m) - White
123 Questions from the Community
You can use a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter, available from the Apple Store. Thunderbolt is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort.
- Answered by Adam B from Saint Paul
- 09 11, 11
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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
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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
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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
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Are USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt compatible, is there an adapter presently on the market? If not can I upgrade my USB 2.0 to 3.0 on my Macbook?
I currently have a Macbook Pro 13' and have USB 3.0 1 TB external hard drives for my media needs. I would like to be able to use the speeds of Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 when moving things around. I have searched for an adapter without success, so if there is nothing currently available could I upgrade my USB ports?
- Asked by Joshua T from South Abington Township
- 01 2, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Are USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt compatible, is there an adapter presently on the market? If not can I upgrade my USB 2.0 to 3.0 on my Macbook?)
In short the answer is no, there is no adapter at present.
I agree though, there needs to be an adaptor, USB 3.0 is widely available, and affordable. I cannot afford thunderbolt drives, but I already own usb 3.0 drives, but i cannot utilize their speeds. An adaptor for my Macbook Pro would be hugely needed.
Will I be able to use a 21.5" late 2012 iMac for display/keyboard/mouse to connect a brand new Mac Mini with just a thunderbolt cable?
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?
Can I use Apple Thunderbolt Cable to hook my 2012 macbook pro retina to a monitor? (Dell U2414H, which accept HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort)Answer
No this will not work. While its connectors will physically fit a Mini Display Port socket, a Thunderbolt cable must be connected to Thunderbolt ports on both ends. If you wish to connect your MacBook's Thunderbolt port to the Mini Display Port socket of the Dell U2414H, you have to use a Mini Display Port cable, not a Thunderbolt cable.
No, you cannot use a thunderbolt cable to connect a non-thunderbolt monitor. You have to get a Mini DisplayPort cable instead. Even
if your HP monitor has a socket that seems to fit, a thunderbolt cable cannot display any picture.
- Answered by Peter S
- 03 29, 15
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Thunderbolt port to mini-Displayport via Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable
Will a Thunderbolt cable connect a 2012 MacbookPro (with a Thunderbolt port) to a late-2009 iMac (with a miniDisplay port) and operate in target mode? What about audio signal as well as video?
- Asked by Andrew M from Darien
- 01 8, 13
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All you need is a mini-Displayport to mini-Displayport cable. Skip this upscale Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable. You'll find mini-Displayport to mini-Displayport cables much cheaper in other retailers.
- Answered by Meng W from Ansonia
- 01 18, 13
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Will a Thunderbolt 2 chord work on a MAC Pro from 2009
Will a Thunderbolt 2 chord work on a MAC Pro Tower from 2009 to output to an additional monitor.
- Asked by John R from Avondale
- 03 18, 15
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No, a thunderbolt cable will not work on a Mac Pro (2009). Should the graphics card have a socket that seems to fit a thunderbolt cable, the correct product to get is a Mini DisplayPort cable, not a thunderbolt cable.
- Answered by Peter S
- 03 29, 15
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Can I connect the thunderbolt cable to hdmi port?
I would like to connect my Mac to my HDTV. I would like to try to use the thunderbolt cable. is there anyway that it can connect to my HDTV via HDMI or any other port.
- Asked by Ahmed S from Mississauga
- 07 9, 11
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If you go to the Mac accessories and go into cables, you will find cables and adapters for thunderbolt to HDMI. an important note is that they will say Mini DisplayPort, not thunderbolt..
- Answered by Ryan G from Abbotsford
- 07 24, 11
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ethernet vs thunderbolt for migration
If using migration assistant to transfer system from old macbook pro with thunderbolt port to new macbook pro with thunderbolt port, is it better to use wired ethernet connection or thunderbolt connection for the migration? Which is faster?
- Asked by Alan F from Cloverdale
- 06 14, 12
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I recently did some experimenting with the migration assistant. The source machine is a 2011 MacBook Air and the target machine is a 2012 Macbook Pro Retina. The data transferred is 127gb.
Wireless. 4.7 hours
Ethernet direct. 1.7 hours
Thunderbolt. 10 minutes
All three techniques resulted in a flawless transfer of data, settings, etc. the software just works, and the a thunderbolt technology makes it crazy fast.
- Answered by Gary O from Broomfield
- 08 26, 12
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Can I connect a time capsule with a thunderbolt cable?
- Asked by Anthony R from Naples
- 03 9, 12
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No, there is no Thunderbolt enabled Time Capsules as of yet. You, like me, will have to wait.
- Answered by Robert B. H from Rex
- 03 27, 12
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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
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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
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what cables do I need to connect macbook 2009 to hdmi?
- Asked by Sandra S from Kentland
- 06 3, 14
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I know a few weeks have gone by, but if you're still looking, you need a "mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable". I can't put a link in here so just Google that term in quotes. You can pick one up from Apple, or from online suppliers like Monoprice.com.
Note that the 2009 MacBooks won't pass sound through the mini DisplayPort, only video. So you will need a separate audio solution. Mine was to run a 3.5mm stereo cord from my MacBook's headphones port to a Logitech portable speaker. You can also just listen through the computer's speakers if you want.
- Answered by Patricia H from Ridgefield
- 06 29, 14
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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
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