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Can I boot my Mac from a Thunderbolt drive?
The G-RAID Thunderbolt is not supported as a boot volume.
How many Thunderbolt devices can I attach?
One of the great features with Thunderbolt technology is the ability to daisy-chain up to 6 high-performance devices. Please note that only 2 display devices can be used within the 6 Thunderbolt device daisy chain. Additionally, any device with only one Thunderbolt port must be the last device in the daisy-chain.
Is Thunderbolt backward compatible with USB and FireWire?
Third party vendors will sell adapters that will allow you to connect USB and FireWire devices to Thunderbolt ports. However, you will still be limited to the performance of their built-in components. For example, a FireWire 800 device still will not be able to transfer data than 800Mbps.
What are the advantages of Thunderbolt over FireWire, USB and eSATA?
Besides the overall performance 10Gbps, Thunderbolt supports power, data, audio and video so you can use one port to connect many of your peripherals.
How do I restore the look of my drive icon after I've formatted my G-Technology drive on the Mac?
 Follow these instructions to restore the look of your G-Technology drive icons after formatting on Mac.
What is Thunderbolt?
Thunderbolt in an input/output hardware interface, developed by Intel in cooperation with Apple, which allows for external devices to be connected to a computer. Thunderbolt combines PCI Express and DisplayPort, as well as a DC connector for power, in a single connection, passing through a single Thunderbolt cable. You can daisy chain up to 6 peripherals, like storage devices and monitors. You can also connect USB and FireWire devices to the Thunderbolt port, provided that you have the proper adapter, but the speed you will get will still be USB or FireWire speeds, depending on what device you are connecting. 
What is Thunderbolt 2?
Thunderbolt 2 uses the same size port and Thunderbolt cable, but doubles the speed by using a controller chip that uses the original two 10Gbps bi-directional channels and combines them into a single 20Gbps bi-directional channel. Thunderbolt 2 will also support DisplayPort 1.2, which enables video streaming to one 4k monitor, or dual QHD displays. Thunderbolt 2 is backward compatible with Thunderbolt. 
How many devices can I daisy chain with Thunderbolt 2?
Similar to Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2 will still support for up to 6 peripherals and will still continue to support USB and FireWire via their respective adapters. 
Will my Thunderbolt 1 devices work with Thunderbolt 2?
Yes, the Thunderbolt 2 uses the same connectors, thus the Thunderbolt 1 device will work, but the Thunderbolt 2 port will perform at Thunderbolt 1 speeds (10Gbps)
Can I daisy chain Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 1 devices?
Yes, but if you would do that, make sure that the Thunderbolt 1 devices are placed after the Thunderbolt 2 devices. If a Thunderbolt 2 device would be daisy chained after a Thunderbolt 1 device, it will operate at Thunderbolt 1 speeds. 

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