Currently Being ModeratedJun 22, 2013 5:30 PM (in response to GregM1)
You can't use a Mac w/o Thunderbolt - the adapter is one way, from a TB equipped Mac not to. Someone tried, it does not work (and there are no Mac Pro w Thunderbolt)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to GregM1)
...so why doesn't Thunderbolt work for file tranfers in the manner that Firewire or USB would???
Because your computer does not have thunderbolt, and it is impossible to add it.
You're connecting it to the minidisplay port of your video card. Its the same plug but has a completely different function. Apple chose that plug type so they would not need a separate connector for video and data on laptops, users can daisy chain high speed devices from a thunderbolt display without loss of speed.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 23, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to GregM1)
Ethernet is an good tool for large file transfers, and both Macs are capable of "near hard drive" speeds of Gigabit Ethernet with jumbo frames. On MacBook Air, you may need an adapter, but others should support it directly.
No stunt cables are necessary. Either Mac can even provide lightweight Router functions with some simple configuration.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers