Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
91 Questions from the Community
Thunderbolt adapter to 800 firewire which has a 400 firewire adapter attached to 400 firewire external drive. Can I mount the 400 fw external drive?
Is the Thunderbolt port two-way in receiving as well as sending data? I have a new IMac with 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) and want to know if the Thunderbolt port is capable of mounting external drives?
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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?
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how do i connect macbook to thunderbolt lacie external drive
i have a lacie external drive connected to my mac pro. i now have the new 12" macbook and i want to connect this to the lace drive to download files. is it possible ? what cable / downloads do i need ?
- Asked by Simon B
- 06 18, 15
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Speed difference between FireWire 800 converted to thunderbolt and USB2
I just bought an iMac and I'm trying to access an older array I have that has either a USB2 connector or a FireWire 800 connector.
My question is this is- will the FireWire 800 used in connection with this thunderbolt to FireWire adapter be faster than the direct USB to connection or should I just stay with a USB2 and if so how much faster?
- Asked by John D from Novato
- 05 16, 15
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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
- 07 11, 15
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Is Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter compatible with Windows 7 professional ?
I would like to buy the new Imac 2014 and since that no longer has the firewire port I would use this adapter Thunderbolt to FireWire to connect my lab equipment, but I'll use the Bootcamp partition probably will mount windows 7 professional.
the adapter will work correctly in windows 7?
let me know
Thanks in advance to all
- Asked by Marco G from Lecco
- 07 11, 14
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Will this be able to connect a presonus fire-studio to a new mb-pro
- Asked by Stephen D from Rockville Centre
- 12 4, 12
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will this work with Thunderbolt 2
- Asked by John P from Turramurra
- 10 18, 14
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- Answered by Peggy D from Kent
- 03 22, 15
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Thunderbolt -> Firewire capacity?
Is there a limit to how many Firewire drives I can daisy chain off one Thunderbolt port? I have about 7 units
- Asked by Calvin H from Glendale
- 08 1, 12
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Thunderbolt daisychain capacity is 6 units but that's with thunderbolt protocol. If your talking to the Firewire adapter, the computer should see only one thunderbolt device and allow you the full 63 daisy-chained devices of the FireWire protocol...
Try it and tell us about it!
- Answered by Felix A from Montreal
- 08 4, 12
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Expected max speed = FireWire 800
(this adapter adds FireWire to thunderbolt computers that don't have it: Retina MacBook Pro & MacBook Air '11 & '12)
No change in your current FireWire drives' data xfer speed.
- Answered by Chris S from San Jose
- 08 4, 12
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The 2008 iMac does not support Target Display Mode (which works over a mini DisplayPort to mini DisplayPort cable, not Firewire) BUT as long as the computer is operable, you can use third party software to use it as an external display for your MacBook Pro. Look into the Air Display app.
- Answered by Kevin W from San Antonio
- 03 27, 14
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imac mid 2010 and Thunderbolt port
Ciao to all.
I bought it and it works great with my MacBookPro17; but IF I plug into mi iMac27" Mid 2010, it is not recognized.
Someone can confirm me it's not possible to use it on my iMac mid 2010?
- Asked by Roberto B from Reggio Emilia
- 10 26, 12
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That's because your 2010 iMac has a Displayport port, not a Thunderbolt port. They are physically similar, but your Displayport will only connect to video devices with Displayport connections.
- Answered by Nathan D from New Brighton
- 11 2, 12
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Will this allow users to start a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac in "Target Disk Mode" and access it via a FireWire-only Mac? (And vice-versa)
I know that Thunderbolt-to-Thunderbolt Target Mode is available and obviously FireWire-to-FireWire, but I'm more curious about using Target Disk mode to support older Macs with newer ones and vice versa.Best Answer:
Yes, a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac will do either Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode, or with the Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter, it will do Firewire Target Disk Mode just fine.
- Answered by Kerry K from Los Altos
- 08 5, 12
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Wondering why my Firewire cables don't fit into the Firewire end of the Adapter. Is there more than 1 kind of Firewire cable?
- Asked by Alan B from New York
- 12 5, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Wondering why my Firewire cables don't fit into the Firewire end of the Adapter. Is there more than 1 kind of Firewire cable?)
The Firewire 400 plug has an almost rounded top; the other end being square corners. The Firewire 800 plug is rectangular with square corners all around.
The 800 is also called a 9-pin, and the 400 (the big on on the back of your computer) is called a 6-pin.
There is also a mini plug that often goes with small video cameras, which is a 4-pin. I don't know if the 4-pins can be two speeds, or not.
- Answered by Bob F from Santa Barbara
- 12 11, 14
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I have a sony handicam dcr-trv460 ntsc. I would like to transfer tapes to my new macbook air. what cable do i need? ilink on handicam to thunderbolt.
I can't find anything specific to tell me what I need. The pictures and diagrams look like they won't fit the thurnderbolt connection. Everything I see has squared corners. ....thanks.
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Will this work with an iPod (touch wheel), which has an FireWire 400 port, connected via this particular adapter and an adapter FireWire 800 to 400?Answer
Yes. You will need this thunderbolt to FW 800 adapter and a FW 800 to 400 adapter.
I want to connect a FW 800 Drobo to Thunderbolt 2. Will this work?
- Asked by Laurence H from Ottawa
- 10 18, 14
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yes! get the apple tb to fw adapter. it works!
- Answered by William K W from Eugene
- 10 26, 14
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it's actually really simple ... and I just had to figure this out recently myself after upgrading my IMAC. You just need a THUNDERBOLT to FIREWIRE adapter from Apple. I picked one up for $29.00 So, connect the new adapter to your iMAC ... connect the Firewire to the new adapter and the other end to your Canon HV30 (or camcorder with a DV output).
Just a heads up ... the end of the Thunderbolt adapter is a 9-pin Firewire (Firewire 800). You will need a 9-pin to 4-pin Firewire cable.
- Answered by Brian C from Collegeville
- 08 18, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What do I need to connect my Canon Vixia HV30 camera to thunderbolt on an iMac?)
How do I connect my new WD Thunderbolt Drive to my 2007 iMac?
I've just bought a Thunderbolt external drive to use with my iMac 2007. The only connection that comes with the drive is a Thunderbolt cable. How do I connect the drive to the Mac? is there a Thunderbolt to Firewire or to USB connector?
- Asked by Stephen M
- 07 14, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (How do I connect my new WD Thunderbolt Drive to my 2007 iMac?)
Thunderbolt is not backwards compatible at all because it is basically a revised mini display port that can also do hi speed data and other things. My point is that this technology will not work with old technology. So unfortunately there is no way to do what you are trying to do, sorry :( The best way I can explain it would be to compare it to trying to put a floppy disk into a cd drive.....it just doesn't work :P
- Answered by Jonathan D from Gilbert
- 07 22, 14
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Just bought a Mac Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter to fit my PC Motherboard (GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4). It did not work. The physical female end inside of the motherboard sits differently than the adapter Mac has. You should also be aware that the side of the packaging states "Compatible with Thunderbolt-equipped mac computers." It stinks, but I will be returning it and waiting for more compatible adapters for sure or maybe just have to keep PCIe Firewire card for my audio work. It still works fine; just wanted a different alternative.
- Answered by Adam B from Baton Rouge
- 05 11, 13
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Can I successfully hook up a Canopus ADVC110 firewire out to Thunderbolt port on new iMac with this cable?
I am attempting to transfer data from a VCR to iMovie on my mac.
- Asked by Robert R from Redington Shores
- 09 21, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I successfully hook up a Canopus ADVC110 firewire out to Thunderbolt port on new iMac with this cable?)