I can't believe it, but it's been 12 years since I've posted on here. Crazy. So I have an old 21.5 inch iMac (late 2011). I'm about to replace it. So here is the scenario and I want to know if it will work:
I'm going to buy a MacMini M1 tomorrow. Tonight I went and bought a 27inch Thunderbolt Display off of Facebook Marketplace. So I'm going to use the display with the Mac Mini.
I want to use the old iMac as a secondary monitor. Since it's got a Thunderbolt port on the back I should be able to use it to connect to the 27in Display with a TB cable.
I know that if I use Command F2 that it should make the iMac a secondary monitor
BUT - would I also be able to access the hard drive in the iMac? I remember in the old days if your started up a computer and held down the T key, then that computer drive would be a target drive and show up on the computer you were booting from.
I'll be honest, getting that 27 inch display was awesome. Especially since it has a hub in the back for USB ports, Firewire 800 (which I use) and Thunderbolt. If I get the set up running the way I want I will have gained a lot of real estate! Please saved money in the long run using the iMac for another display. It will be a bonus to use it as a display and access the hard drive for additional storage (500GB - not a lot but it would be helpful.)
Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!