I have a late 2012 iMac and late 2012 Mac Mini, both with Thunderbolt. I'd like to use the iMac as a display for the Mini, no problem (CMD+F2) when linked directly together via Thunderbolt. The problem here is that I have a bunch of Thunderbolt drives that need to remain connected to the Mini only and the Mini doesn't have two Thunderbolt ports. I could attach the last Thunderbolt drive in the chain to my iMac but I'd assume that this would cause all sorts of issues with the Thunderbolt drives trying to mount to one or both Macs.
Does this make sense? Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might be able to win this battle besides buying a $300+ Thunderbolt dock (which also might have the same issue)?
iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 3.4GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM