• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I so wanted it to work . . .

    I have an expensive Firewire (FW) 800 external drive that I have been using for the last few years. Rock solid and fast. Got new iMac 21.5" for office. Thought I could use this FW drive with new Thunderbolt port using this $29 adapter but no luck. Checked drive on two other FW 800 systems and the drive is perfect. Just to make absolute sure, I reformatted drive then tried again. No luck. Specifically, drive displays on desktop just fine (as any external drive does) but you are unable to transfer files to or from drive. Just a spinning beach ball. Also can't eject drive. Even "Force Eject" doesn't work. You have to unplug power to drive to get it off desktop. Too bad. Bought a seagate USB 3.0 drive and it is a little faster than FW 800.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work for harddrive and audio interface

    Too bad I haven't read the reviews before buying it. I have two external hard drive and a Focusrite Saffire LE audio interface. I rely on them for my sound recording work. I bought this adaptor, hoping that I can use them on a new macbook pro, although their light are on indicating that there are power coming through, none of devices were detected on the computer.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    didn't work

    Brand new macbook pro to a mac pro and nothing is connecting.

    5 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed to connect Thunderbolt drives to FW800 port

    As we purchase new external drives we're moving toward exclusively Thunderbolt for the excellent transfer speeds, but updating all our Macs takes much longer. Our hope was to use a few of these to connect new Thunderbolt GRaids and GDrives to older Macs with FW800 ports.

    No such luck. The drives are AC powered, but they fail to recognize a connection and stay dormant even when their power switch is turned on. We bought two of the adapters and used multiple FW800 cables that were tested successfully on other straight connections.

    Seems like this would be one of the primary purposes -- bridging a legacy connection -- for an adapter like this...but it was a total failure.

    12 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible!!!!

    I bought the cable ONLY because I need it to use my "old" FireWire disks with my new Mac Pro, but after a few minutes of use, every time I connect the disks. they suddenly ejects. Absolutely useless.

    Oh, yes, very nice plastic, very nice finishing.
    But... straight to the trashcan!

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dodgy

    Shooting tethered Hasselblad firewire 800 thru the Thunderbolt adaptor becomes a workaround, firstly because the connections at both ends of the adaptor are too easily dislodged, particularly the thunderbolt to laptop end. From a consumer point of view, the thunderbolt connection is remarkably insecure and dislodges very easily. I have had to resort to buying tethertool cable retainers and/ or tape to ensure a solid uninterrupted connection. This in addition to the inadequate power supply via thunderbolt, requiring powering the camera from the camera battery rather than thru the old firewire 800 cable. An inadequate overall design.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    Pro photographer here with new Macmini (2015) running a drobo with FireWire 400 & 800 using the adaptor doesn't work. Apple this is a BIG FAIL on your part!!!

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No good for external HDDs

    You may already have read that this adapter doesn't supply enough power to run certain external peripherals, but here's something else to consider: I have a Seagate Freeagent external hard drive, and even though it has a separate power supply, my 2013 27" iMac running Yosemite unmounts the drive on sleep when I connect it using this adapter.

    When it's connected via USB2, this problem doesn't happen.

    So, this is pretty useless for connecting your FireWire Time Machine drive, or any drive you want to keep mounted permanently.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy if you need Firewire connection BUT...

    Buy if you need Firewire connection but be aware in MacBook pro with thunderbolt ports you won't get the power needed for your device so forget about mobility. You'll be forced to use power supply for your device since your brand new computer can't provide yet with the power needed via thunderbolt.
    Doesn't work as expected so a big (7W) disclaimer in the packaging would be appreciated.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt disconnects with movement

    I use 2 of these on different macs to connect drives to the the macs.

    On a new 5K iMac if you tilt the screen the thunderbolt disconnects and alerts appear telling you drives have been disconnected.

    On a 2014 15" retina Macbook Pro exactly the same happens if you move the laptop.

    When using an external thunderbolt drive on another 2014 15" retina MacBook Pro the standard thunderbolt will disconnect if moved.

    Thunderbolt is useless Apple, you need to redesign to give a more robust connection.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    "Disk Not Ejected Properly x3"

    I have 3 daisy-chained FW800 disks that when using this adaptor keep disconnecting from the OS, with warnings to eject the disk before disconnecting it or turning it off.

    The disks in this configuration work fine on any other machine with firewire, but this adaptor to thunderbolt is useless if you need to daisy chain the disks.

    Before anyone talks about power use, all three drives are wall-powered, not port powered, so it is not a power issue.

    The adaptor is pathetic for real-world use.

    Daisy chaining is why a lot of professionals chose firewire, the adaptor should also enable this.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't get it to work with Apogee Duet Firewire

    Despite claims to the contrary on the Apogee web site, I can't get the Apogee Duet (Firewire) device to be recognized on my iMac, despite spending more than 5 hours pursuing every potential solution discussed on the web.

    If using a legacy Apogee Duet is the primary reason for your purchasing the Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter for a new(er) Mac, then buyer beware.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely fails to meet the requirements.

    Presented to offer an additional Firewire 800 port, it completely fails to do what is possible from the only-one built-in Firewire port (on my mid-2011 iMac) : this product should be removed from selling - simply and very sorry.

    LESS THAN ONE STAR.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt-FW800 adapter keeps ejecting my drive without permission

    Bought the adapter a few months ago to use my old LaCie 2big FW800 RAID units with my new Thunderbolt iMac and they keep ejecting without my authorization popping up a warning to properly eject drive before disconnecting. If I try with just one drive there is no problem however daisy chaining two FW800 dives to the end of a Thunderbolt drive will not work. Tried everything and my 2big drives have no problem with my Mac mini's FW800 port. The adapter is not a well designed product and in my experience will not function as advertised in a stable reliable manner.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Focusrite Sapphire 40 soundcard

    Yup, it doesn't work with the Focusrite Sapphire 40. I have the Adapter and my 800 to 400 Firewire cable. I can't get it to connect no matter what i do. :(

    It wasn't a cheap soundcard and has lot of ports. Will have to buy a new one. USB probably because the Thunderbolt ones are pricy...

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage

    Planned Obsolescence! THERE IS NO BUS POWER. Why would one develop a device that does half the job? Deadly for pro photographers with firewire gear. Apple (normally makes a good product) has dropped the ball this time and left many with lots of wasted time. No solution with firewire and new Mac computers.

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced

    The price of this is ridiculous, I needed it for target disk mode and nothing else. What a disgusting waste of money. Typical Apple.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with PreSonus Firebox soundcard

    Really disappointed since I can't think out any way how to use the soundcard anymore, unless Usb to Firewire works? This adapter will not be of any use.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horribly slow !!!

    I connected this to my new Mac Pro to backup to a firewire disk drive. It was horribly slow (I mean backing up at kilobytes instead of Megabytes or even Gigabytes !) -- i.e.: 10 GB in 1 hour !

    After about 1 hour, I stopped the backup and hooked up a USB cable to the drive...it worked much faster. In about 5 minutes I had 10 GB again...

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible connection... super SLOW!!!

    Trying to use this adapter for my Motu Ultralite mk3 audio interface, the slightest movement of the cable and the interface ejects which causes all sort sod havoc in my software. Connection feels very flimsy and as if it will just fall right out (which it has a few times).

    Also trying to use this adapter for all my external drives, drives disconnect all the time!! It so annoying especially when in the middle of a transfer. It's also useless for transferring any large file like audio or video, takes forever!! USB is faster by long shot.

    I own two of these adapters plus a thunderbolt to ethernet one. Each one cost me $35 bucks! All of them are useless! Why do I have to pay an extra $105 dollars on top of the $3200 for the MBP just to use all of my peripherals?? And still have it not work?? Some of the the worst products I've seen from Apple in recent years. Shame, I'm rapidly losing confidence and Apple is rapidly losing my loyalty. FED UP! Apple should refund everyone who has purchased these useless adapters.

    1 of 1 people found this useful