• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works for me

    I have a Panasonic Camcorder thats a few years old that uses a 4-oin fire wire to transfer video from the DV Tape to the Computer. I purchased a 4-pin to 9-pin Fire Wire cable, used this adapter with my 13" Retina and it not only saw my camera but transferred the video flawlessly. Pleasantly surprised.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Freezes entire computer

    I just purchased this adaptor so I could use my LaCie 4Big Quadra with my new iMac 27". At first it appeared to work fine and then I started to edit some files on the drive which resulted in my computer freezing, something I haven't seen in a long time. I held the power button down to restart (my only option) and tried again, same result. So now my $1200 drive is reduced to USB 2, thank you Apple.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Damaging my hard drives?

    This doesn’t work with either of my external AC-powered FireWire drives (3TB G-Drive and Century HDD box). The drives mount but soon after initiating a data transfer the drives freeze and go bonkers with horrible clicking noises. All drives are healthy, though, and work flawlessly with dedicated FireWire ports on our older Macs.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bring back Firewire ports

    I just got a new iMac which didn't work with two of the USB audio interfaces that work fine with my other iMac. I don't want to believe that a new tricked out iMac is defective right out of the box, so so I bought a nice Firewire interface and two adapters to get from Firewire to Thunderbolt. Now I have three audio interfaces that all work intermittently. It is too bad that Apple is so far ahead of the market for peripherals (try finding a Thunderbolt, or even newer style Firewire audio Interface) that I now have to go buy another USB interface and look at a bunch of useless Thunderbolt ports on a new iMac. Maybe it is the Mac, but it sure might be data issues though the two converters I need to connect a normal audio interface to the new iMac.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    I purchased a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor for my late 2013 27" iMac. At first it worked, now it doesn't. I'm not positive, but it may have stopped working with Mavericks.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but VERY sensitive to movement

    I use this with my Apogee Duet and it works okay incl. powering the unit. However, it is so sensitive to any movement of the Macbook Pro Retina that it will drop the connection in an instant. Then have to unplug - replug, wait for it to connect again. Apple should recheck the fit if this and adjust the manufacturing design by a fraction to make it sit more snugly. Wish I didn't have to use it...

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    FireWire + Thunderbolt + MBP = Frustrated

    I bought this adapter/dongle along with my brand new early 2013 15" MBP. I have a OWC bus-powered RAID enclosure.

    The dongle itself works fine, and it supplies enough bus power to be used.

    My problem is, every time I move my laptop, even the slightest bit (say a slight adjustment to the screen), the drive is ejected because I guess there is a momentary disconnect with the dongle. I can't believe Apple would make something so short, stubby and stiff that is supposed to provide a connection to a FireWire device, especially with mobile-based laptops.

    Maybe Thunderbolt should utilize a plug design that isn't so susceptible to movement. I never had these problems with USB or FW400/800.

    Regardless, it's extremely frustrating, especially when working with data directly on the drive. I find my most recent workflow is to copy the file to the desktop, work on that, and copy it onto the drive when I'm done. This way there's no data corruption and Finder/the Application I'm in doesn't freak out.

    Bottom Line: For a Desktop, I'm sure it's wonderful, as you're less likely to move. I cannot recommend it for a mobile device.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    I'm not sure under what circumstance this would work, but I bought a Western Digital external hard drive (AC-powered) and planned to use this adapter to connect to a Mac Pro... No luck.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No Bus power for external interfaces or drives

    Very disappointed with the fact that this adapter will not pass enough juice to power an external hard drive or audio interface. when I connect to a device thunderbolt to thunderbolt, it works fine (so the power is present at the jack) connect to a FW device with this interface cable and.... no dice.
    Lame.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work on my iMac

    I'm trying to connect a G-RAID Drive's Firewire 800 port to an iMac's Thunderbolt port
    I very disappointed It took a lot to bring this adapter to Caracas but it is not working properly.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with my bus powered drive

    I have an old Seagate firewire 800 portable drive that I use to move data around different computers. This cable doesn't work on that drive and it is a huge pain. If I even plug the drive in my new MacBook Pro freezes up and I have to hard boot it. It has worked ok on other drives that provide their own power.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not enough power for portable FW800 drives

    I have had to switch away from Firewire 800 drives due to lack of power on the Thunderbolt bus. The majority of my bus powered drives will not spin up on the 15" Retina. Disappointed as this was my primary mode of transport and had invested thousands of dollars over the years. Now switching to USB3 and reinvesting in a more ubiquitous standard.

    Feels like pro users have been abandoned on Thunderbolt.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Appalling product!

    Dreadful connection. keeps slipping out! Terrible design without thorough quality testing. Rubbish speed

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just stopped work for the 2nd time

    I bought a macbook pro retina 15", on 2012 September and with it I ordered this adapter. It worked with my Iomega and lacie external hard drives till 2012 november. Took both, my mac mbpr, this adapter and the hard drives to the apple store in Madrid, where I live. They changed it after some tests.

    From 2012 Nov to 2013 Sep I just used the new one sporadically and it worked fine till last week, when it just refused to bring my drives up. Both drives work fine on my old mbp (2007) with built in firewire 800.

    It's by far not the kind of performance/quality I was expecting for a set that cost me 2370.00 euros. Feel like throwing out 30 euros on the trash for this clumsy adapter.

    be warned.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

    Why does my Drobo work with USB but not with Firewire??? I bought this adapter so that I could free up a USB and find it does not work. Surely it can't be a power issue when the drive is externally powered?

    Disgusted.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not enough power for anything

    Edirol FA-66 needs more power. Worked great over old Firewire, but it seems the 7w isn't enough. I guess Firewire 400 gave 10-20 watts. So now I need to get down to the basement and dig up the power supple. More cables in 2013 than in 2007 - Apple, you s*** again.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bit pricey but daisy-chain seemed to work

    Just hooked up (daisy-chained) three Western Digital My passport Studio drives using this adaptor. Two of the drives are 1TB while the other is 2TB. My first attempt placing the 2TB drive at the end of the chain resulted in unexpected ejection error message. Then I reversed the order placing the 2TB at the start of the chain (assuming the 2TB draws more power than the 1TB drives). It worked fine. For me this proves the concept as it will be rare for me to operate a chain of three portable drives together at the same time.

    One thing to note: the adaptor does seemed to get a bit warm at the thunderbolt end during daisy-chain.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TB to FW Adapter not powering Firebox

    I just picked up this adapter for use with my Presonus Firebox external soundcard (now discontinued) that is bus powered through firewire cable. I have had no success getting the Firebox running using the TB adapter and FW cable. Is this a common problem? Any fixes? Am I using the wrong cable (e.g. could this be a problem related to using a 400 cable for the 800 adapter)? Thanks

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm!

    I recently bough a mbp retina with thunderbolt ports only. I have m-audio profire 610 audio interface and i saw that adapter, although there are a lot of failed attempts to use this adaptor to connect a FW400 device, it worked like a charm when i plugged my profire 610 with a FW400-800 cable to this adapter.. No external power needed! Great product from Apple...

    11 of 11 people found this useful