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Would like a Tbolt MBA, but how?
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Jul 20, 2011, 03:18 PM
 
I have a slew of FW800 drives doing backup and general mirroring (manual, not RAID) of data. I would really like to get out of my MBP 13" and into the new MacBook Air. To add to the confusion, I have an older (heck it was state-of-art last year) mini-DVI 23" (or was it 24") or whatever that connector is— you know, the one before this new Thunderbolt Display.

So, if there was an adapter to FW, I would not be able to connect my display? It would be a conundrum, yes? Would I have to sell my monitor and get a new display?

Recommendations, please. Thanks.
     
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Jul 20, 2011, 03:31 PM
 
Sell the display, get a new thunderbolt display which has Ethernet, USB and FW800 ports on the back. it's like a port hub, but with a screen attached .

Or could you re-case the drives into USB or thunderbolt enclosures (if they exist yet)?

It'll be much easier if you just comply.
     
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Jul 20, 2011, 03:53 PM
 
If you don't want to buy the display, it looks like Sonnet's coming out with a FW800 adapter sometime in the future:

Sonnet - New Product Announcement at NAB 2011

Alternatively, if you're willing to wait a while, it's likely that some other third parties will come out with more USB/FW/Ethernet docks similar to what's on the back of the new display.

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Jul 20, 2011, 07:42 PM
 
Huh.

Always a PITA, this damn technology.

Sounds like the best option would be to get a new display and avoid the well-I-have-one-adapter-how-do-I-hook-up-the-monitor problem.
     
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Aug 2, 2011, 09:09 PM
 
Or wait for a Thunderbolt hub.
     
   
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