• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what I need

    I can't speak to the issue some have had with devices that require bus power. But, for my particular need, it does the trick.

    I use an old MiniDV camcorder whose tape drive has become unreliable. The camera has a 4-conductor FireWire 400 output, so I decided to try using it as a direct camera input for iMovie. I purchased a FireWire 400 cable (4-conductor at one end and 8-conductor at the other) and patched that through a FireWire 400-to-800 adaptor plug to connect to a MacBook.

    This worked, but my newer MacBook Air has no FireWire. This Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter—effectively the third adapter in my Franken-cable—successfully connects my camcorder to my MacBook Air. Interestingly, the camera will not work properly with the current iMovie, but functions just fine with iMovie 9.09 (thankfully available as a free download, and still compatible with El Capitan).

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Did the Trick for me

    My new Mac mini has only Thunderbolt ports and the iOmega (2TB) and Western Digital (3TB) drives I used with my old Mac min are Firewire 800. My goal was to transfer this data to my new Thunderbolt drives. I was able to accomplish the task with no problem using this adapter although speed was something less than 50Mb/Sec. Perhaps if I planned to use this full time, or needed bus power, I might only rate it 3 Stars.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with a couple of caveats

    I bought this to connect my Presonus Studiolive 16.0.2 desk to my new 15" Macbook Pro. The Presonus only has firewire 400 ports, and as you all know, the MBP doesn't have firewire at all. I had previously used a firewire 400 to 800 converter cable with my old 2011 MBP, and I am still using that to connect to this adapter.

    Initially, I was very disappointed, as I couldn't get my MBP to see the Presonus. However, I tried connecting to an old FW400 external hard disk, and that mounted up without any problems. After a bit of experimentation, I discovered that the order in which my equipment was switched on was critical - contrary to instructions on the Presonus website, I had to switch the Mac on first, followed by the Presonus. Once I'd worked that out, everything started working just fine.

    I contacted the Apple and Presonus help desks about this issue, and neither could understand why it should occur.

    So, in summary - now working well, although I must mention that I don't bus-power any of my equipment, but use external power supplies.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked with Sandisk card reader.

    I ordered this with the replacement iMac thinking I was pretty sure I had one firewire device among this rat nest of cables. Sure enough it was my Sandisk cf card reader which has been 5 stars for many, many years. I live chatted with Sandisk and they had not tested the reader with the adaptor. I thought I would give it a try. It works!
    This saved me the aggravation of trying to find another card reader that has been this reliable. Yeah I know card readers can be had for less many than this adapter and USB3 may be faster. I just didn't want to give up on a reader that has been this reliable and well made.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Fine For Me

    This does exactly what it should. Powers my Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 ok. Perhaps the cable is a little short but it is really well made

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with bus-powered RAID from OWC (Mercury Elite Pro)

    This adapter works with the OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID drive (2 disks) and does not need extra power on a Late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    Whilst some of what the least positive reviews say may be true it is working perfectly for me in the following scenario:

    TB/FW adapter -> Firewire 800 hard drive (bus powered) -> MOTU 828MkII audio interface (self powered).

    No issues with the above. No glitches on either end; I'm pleased.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    I got this cable earlier in the week so that I could connect my old G-Drives through my TB G-Raid then to my new late 2012 iMac.

    I have 4 G-Drives (2 x 1TB and 2x 3TB) plus a g-drive mini (500GB) using FW800 and a 4TB G-Raid using TB.

    I Daisy chained all my G-Drives with FW800 (including my g-drive mini) into my G-Raid with this cable and it worked flawlessly. Even my g-drive mini that has no AC adapter got enough power to work as normal. Added bonus was that my speeds seem to be faster than when I had all these drives plugged into my 2010 Macbook Pro. I was transferring ~60GB of RAW images from my g-drive mini to my G-Raid at 87 MB / sec.

    I have been using this setup for a week now (4 + hours a day) transferring files back and forth with zero issues.

    I gave it a 4 / 5 just because I do not like the fact I needed an adapter to connect technology that apple made into an apple product. I think they should have kept at least 1 FW800 port on their new iMac's.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Seems to work well

    in response to the person saying it doesn't work with his motu 8pre..
    In case people are put off using this with audio interfaces, i have my retina MacBook Pro set up with this right now, using the adapter, with a firewire 800 to 400 cable going into the motu 8pre and it is all working perfectly using Logic Pro on Mountain Lion.

    48 of 51 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    no bus power for Focusrite Saffire Pro 24

    Finally it's here and it's a great product, however my Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 won't power up on bus power - I have to use the external power supply. 7W should be enough to power the device....

    153 of 170 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    OK for FW800; not so good for older screens

    If connecting a MBA to FW800 (or FW400), this connector is all you need; it works fine.

    If you need to send images to a older display port-type monitor (like my 30" HD display) AND run FW peripherals from a MBA, then not so useful. Reason is that the old display port looks the same as the new Thunderbolt port, but the monitor's attachment cables include USB and FW400, to make the USB and FW ports on the back of the monitor work. Problem is that there is no FW800 port on the MBA, the very reason we bought this connector in the first place...

    Apple, we need a Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt–USB3–FW800 box, ASAP, please. It could plug directly into the RH side of the MBS, into both the Thunderbolt and USB ports, for stability.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, but warm/hot?

    Works great, nice to have my old FW800 stuff back for my new MBA. However, the adapter and plug at the laptop are really warm and sometimes very hot. Doesn't seem quite right...

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish it had a thunderbolt out port

    So here I am with my MacBook Air with a mini-displayport-to-DVI adapter feeding my monitor, and I have to unplug the monitor in order to plug in my firewire 800 disk.

    Admittedly, this product was never advertised as a hub, and the price is a heckuva lot better than just about any other thunderbolt product out there, but thunderbolt still has a way to go before I can even do simple stuff that firewire and USB did from the get-go. I don't totally regret my MacBook Air purchase, but Apple hasn't made it easy to love the product.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine so far!

    I used it with my MOTU audio interface. So far so good. I just noticed a little overheat of the adapter, but I don't know if it is normal.

    58 of 60 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It works

    Some guy mentioned it couldn't power his Lacie Rugged drive... well it works with mine (2.5") ... maybe he had a 3.5?

    Minus a star because of the wait, and it's a bit longer than I'd hoped.

    17 of 20 people found this useful