Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

  • Overview

    Easily connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to a FireWire device with the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter. Small and compact, it connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer, giving you a FireWire 800 port that supplies up to 7W for bus-powered peripherals like hard drives and audio devices.

    What’s in the Box

    Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter with built-in Thunderbolt cable

    System Requirements

    OS X v10.7.4 or later

    Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer

  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Having problems with bus powered drives

      I am a video editor. I own many FW800 drives. None of my drives that I use in the field work unless I'm connected to power. This is a major problem for me. Whe I am a video editor. I own many FW800 drives. None of my drives that I use in the field work unless I'm connected to power. This is a major problem for me. When I'm in the field capturing footage and need to offload data to a drive, I have to use my old laptop.

      • Written by Anthony A from Lyndhurst

      789 of 913 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Having problems with bus powered drives

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Works fine for data, is dicier for bus-powered devices

      The adapter seems to work fine for devices that have their own power supply but i have had mixed results on bus powered interfaces / drives. I've tested the MOT The adapter seems to work fine for devices that have their own power supply but i have had mixed results on bus powered interfaces / drives. I've tested the MOTU Ultralite Hybrid mk3 and Iomega eGo. They don't work via bus power. An old FireLite drive works fine via bus power. If you have devices that demand more, you may be SOL. It is a decent solution but isn't a true FireWire gateway.

      • Written by jef l from Chicago

      566 of 615 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works fine for data, is dicier for bus-powered devices

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      not enough power

      It does adapt the thunderbolt port to make it a firewire port, but it's not as good a Firewire port as you can find on any cheap old MBP from years ago. It lac It does adapt the thunderbolt port to make it a firewire port, but it's not as good a Firewire port as you can find on any cheap old MBP from years ago. It lacks power, which means that some external drives and devices won't work and there is a limit to how many devices you can daisy chain. So we need an adaptor and this is the only one, but it's not Apple's finest hour..

      • Written by Fergus M from Kirkcaldy

      320 of 343 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?not enough power

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      iMac 5k to Legacy FW 800

      Recently upgraded to a late 2015 5k 27" iMac from an early 2009 iMac. I have 3 FW 800 drives and they all are detected and work fine with this adapter. My drive Recently upgraded to a late 2015 5k 27" iMac from an early 2009 iMac. I have 3 FW 800 drives and they all are detected and work fine with this adapter. My drives are Drobo Gen 2 (powered), Western Digital My Book Studio (powered) and a Western Digital My Passport Studio (in chain). I was concerned given all the mixed reviews so I hope this may help others with a similar configuration. Alan

      • Written by Alan Y from Saint James

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?iMac 5k to Legacy FW 800

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works terrific! Eliminates needing the Ethernet port on your MacBook!

      Although having a port on your machine is more ideal, this nifty gadget does exactly as it's meant for. It's very portable with my other adapters and such that Although having a port on your machine is more ideal, this nifty gadget does exactly as it's meant for. It's very portable with my other adapters and such that I take on the go. I feel an ethernet plug is one of those essential ports that should be part of the machine, but because they don't build them into the machines anymore, this is the next best thing. I find that this works fantastic to use for an ethernet connection using my Thunderbolt port of my MB Pro. I currently have a MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina model. It has never failed me yet. Not sure about the other reviewer problems mentioned, but my use has been minimal, and has been for general use of modem/router & printer setups... or basically when direct connection is required for an initial setup and/or bluetooth setup, etc. I can connect to my device via ethernet just fine without getting errors or other problems. It was a great investment for me!

      • Written by Michele L from Grand Rapids

      0 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works terrific! Eliminates needing the Ethernet port on your MacBook!

    • 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 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.

      • Written by Nicholas C from Alexandria

      11 of 11 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?I so wanted it to work . . .

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