Mini -> external fusion -> Cinema display?

Started Feb 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Cogset Senior Member • Posts: 1,776
Mini -> external fusion -> Cinema display?

Question: I'm considering a configuration with a Mac Mini that uses my 5 year old 30" Cinema display and I'm unsure whether it will work or not.


  • Mac Mini has a single Thunderbolt port which can be used with the "Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter" to connect to a Cinema Display.
  • I know I can connect the Thunderbolt port to an external Lacie 2big Thunderbolt series external drive (e.g 4/6/8 TB). 

The question is, can I  use the second Thunderbolt port on the Lacie with a "Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter" from the Lacie to the Cinema Display?

For example:

Mini ---Thunderbolt cable-->Lacie Drive ---Mini Dual Link DVI adapter---> Cinema display

If I  use the "Mini Displayport to Dual-Link DVI adapter" from the mini directly to the Cinema display, I've used up my only thunderbolt port on the Mini and cannot use an external Thunderbolt drive. (yes I know USB 3.0 external drive is an option)

Thanks in advance.


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