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Do Thunderbolt drives in between MBP   display need to be powered on?

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Apr 29, 2013 11:59 AM

Reeeeally basic one -

 

If I am going to have a setup with a Thunderbolt drive in between by MacBook Pro and an Apple Display, in order to use the display does the external drive have to be powered on? Or can Thunderbolt information just "pass through" external drives without needing to the intermediate parts of the daisy chain (just the drive in this example) powered on? Basically wondering if I will be able to  leave the external drive powered off, but still  use the Thunderbolt display? Just curious since there will be lots of times when I would use the Display but not the drive (would swap the drive and display in the order, but my display only has just one TB (actually mini displayport) input.

 

Thanks!

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Time Capsule

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