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
- OS X v10.7.4 or later
- Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
Ratings & Reviews
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 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
750 of 867 people found this useful
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 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
531 of 579 people found this useful
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 o 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
298 of 321 people found this useful
Brand new macbook pro to a mac pro and nothing is connecting.
- Written by Russell B from Anchorage
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 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. …
- Written by JOSEPH F from Bethesda
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, ever 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! …
- Written by Ian K from Buenos Aires
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
If you use firewire 400 to 800, and then 800 to thunderbolt, what do you do with the power cord that comes out of the back of the Cinema Display?
- Asked by Denise D from Tuckerton
how do i connect macbook to thunderbolt lacie external drive
- Asked by Simon B
Is Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter compatible with Windows 7 professional ?
- Asked by Marco G from Lecco
Speed difference between FireWire 800 converted to thunderbolt and USB2
- Asked by John D from Novato
FireWire will definitely outperform a USB 2.0 connection. USB 2.0 had serious bottlenecking issues t FireWire will definitely outperform a USB 2.0 connection. USB 2.0 had serious bottlenecking issues that made it terrible for large file transfers. Even with the conversion from Thunderbolt to FireWire, Thunderbolt enough speed to provide full FireWire 800 speeds to the port. USB 2.0 had a max speed of 480Mbps (Megabits, meaning real world 60 Megabytes per second), where as early version of FireWire 800 provided 786Mbps (98MBps). Overall you should get better performance through FireWire to transfer large amounts of data. USB 2.0 rarely ever reached it's full output due to cheap parts being used in hard drives and flash drives that maxed out and underperformed. …
- Answered by Edward V from Brampton