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    Just bought a new iMac and it has thunderbolt connections, please excuse my ignorance but could some one explain what thunderbolt connections are and what they are used for.
    regards ray

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    thank you for your reply very helpful

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    To add to Jake's reply.....

    I can backup my entire internal drive (PCIe) using a Thunderbolt 3 port on my new iMac to an external Samsung T5 SSD in 2.5 minutes or less. That's fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    To add to Jake's reply.....

    I can backup my entire internal drive (PCIe) using a Thunderbolt 3 port on my new iMac to an external Samsung T5 SSD in 2.5 minutes or less. That's fast.
    How many GB or TB?
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    My iMac has a 500 GB PCIe drive. I also have one of those newer real thin Seagate drives which are supposed to be fast and that drive takes around 10 minutes to do the same thing.

    The nice thing about the Samsung T5 is that booting from it is likewise fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayben View Post
    Just bought a new iMac and it has thunderbolt connections, please excuse my ignorance but could some one explain what thunderbolt connections are and what they are used for.
    regards ray
    Your new Mac has both the very latest USB-C (Thunderbolt/USB3.1) ports, as well as the older USB 3.0 ports.

    https://www.apple.com/v/imac/f/image...cted_large.jpg

    USB-C ports can be used to connect to just about anything and everything, with the highest speeds currently available. Monitors, external hard drives, etc. You might need adapters to connect to these. Apple has a bunch of adapters available, but I usually look to Monoprice:
    HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more! - Monoprice.com
    first for reasonably priced cable adapters.

    Some things, like printers and scanners, don't need the extra speed of a USB-C connection, and for those it's natural to use a common USB cable and to attach them to a USB 3.0 port.
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