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    Sep 04, 2012
    How to use MBP with iMac using thunderbolt and windows parallels
    Can anyone tell me if and how I can connect my 2011 MBP to my mid-2011 iMac 21.5" using thunderbolt, to make the iMac an external monitor for MBP? Both run Parallels Desktop and Windows 7. Many thanks!

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    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    You can't do it with the current adapters that are available. And I'm not sure if it would even work with a proper two way Thunderbolt adapter. The 21.5" iMac has one video port and it's only an output port while the 27" iMac has two TB ports: one in and one out.

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    Sep 04, 2012
    Many thanks for the quick reply. I still would like to use both my MBP and iMac at the office so that I am working on the iMac and can easily take my work with me on the MBP when travelling. If I cannot work off the MBP using the iMac monitor at my desk, is it possible to set them up with my Thunderbolt cable so that while I work on the iMac in the office, my MBP is kept synced with all files being updated? Can I set up the MBP as an external drive for the iMac and have them automatically synced?

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