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External Hard-drive to Macbook through an External Display

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thereddragondom, May 13, 2017.

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  1. thereddragondom

    thereddragondom Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I would like to know that If i got an external monitor with usb ports on it and then connect my Macbook Pro 2015 to it via an HDMI cable, can i connect an external hard-drive onto the external display to transfer files to my macbook?
     
  2. Triple6

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    If you connect the USB cable from the Macbook to the monitor then you will be able to use the USB ports in the monitor but HDMI is a video only connection.
     
  3. thereddragondom

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    Thank you, and what If i used a Display port to mini-display port connection?
     
  4. Triple6

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    I think you can use the Thunderbolt port but you will need to check the monitor to ensure it does support USB over the same connection. I believe LG makes some that do.
     
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