• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter failure after thirteen months

    I have a 27 inch iMac late 2013 and 9 external firewire drives. I bought the adapter in August of 2014 and have been successfully using it for about a year. In the last month 3 of my drives that were connected to the Nitro firewire hub which was connected to the iMac via the Adapter cable. The Adapter stopped working shortly after the limited warranty expired. (The configuration is iMac-->Adapter->>Firewire 800 cable -->Nitro hub-->Newertech Voyager devices containing 4TB WD drives. While it worked, the drives sometimes disappeared but were always available after a reboot. (I was never able to determine if it was the iMac's "fault" or the Voyager) The real problem is that I spent hours trying to change various cables until I took an adapter from my other Mac and tried it. Everything then worked. Is there any way to TEST the Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter? This cost me many hours and I don't know how long it will work before this other Adapter fails.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on Mac, not on PC

    I purchased this, from an Apple reseller to use with my PC (MacBook Pro already has firewire 800 port) it works well, however, if I restart my Dell T1700 with the adapter plugged in the PC will POST but fails to BOOT. Thus freezing on the boot screen indefinitely.
    The adapter and PC are both fine and have no hardware issues (Dell engineer replaced thunderbolt card and same issue), this is purely a compatibility issue.

    This adapter is not fully Windows compatible.

    However, it works well on other Macs (I have access to 2014 iMacs)

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    BUS power direction

    Finally received one and discovered a very interesting BUS power direction. TB --> FW800 device = ok. However, FW800 --> TB device = n/a (no power!) Even with TB AC power hub!?!

    ie TB port (ie MBP, iMac, MacPro) --> FW800 (ie external drive with BUS power, digital backs etc) will work vs FW800 port (ie old MBP) --> TB device (ie external drive) will NOT work.

    Hope that helps...

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Take care - not the same FireWire fitting as older iMacs!

    Like all Apple cables this is very expensive and short but stylish and well made.

    I bought it to use on my new iMac which has Thunderbolt only outlets so that I could still content FireWire devices that I used with my FireWire equipped 2009 iMac.

    However, the old iMacs have FireWire 400 outlets and this cable is the differently shaped 800 FireWire. So, a further cable or adapter is needed to connect to the device. A shame that Apple don't include this option.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not replace your FW800 port, gets very hot, $30!

    I use my MBPr for audio recording and use two portable FW drives that are connected through a Belkin Firewire Hub. Works perfectly on my MBP from 2008, but can only power one drive using this very expensive adapter.

    I'm extremely disappointed that this adapter doesn't work like a FW800 port. I could save the $30 and invested in some USB 3.0 drives and been done with it. I held out waiting for this adapter thinking it would give me the same functionality as my FW800 port on my old MBP.

    One person mentioned that it didn't work with their iOmega eGo, but it worked for me on my eGo drive.

    The adapter does get very hot when in use. I have used it connected to a bus-powered drive and a dc powered drive on two separate occasions and both times the adapter was very hot. Not sure if this will be an issue with longevity of the adapter.

    Also be careful with this adapter, because if it is anything like there video adapters the wires inside will come loose if it gets moved around (bends) too much. I wrap a twisty tie around it so it barely bends. I also support the adapter so it doesn't hang and put pressure on the port.