• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with MiniDV camera

    I bought this cable hoping I could get old video off my MiniDV camera tapes so I could edit it in FCPX and then get rid of the tapes. I have the camera turned on and FCPX does not recognize it. The camera does not appear under "Cameras" in the media import. I'll be returning the cable. Guess I'll have to capture using my ancient laptop that has a firewire port.

    71 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Handy adapter to have!

    I was probably one of the last people to ever purchase a 17" MacBook Pro =( The primary use of the machine is for using ProTools, and this bandy device allows me to use both my external hard drive and my audio interface. Works great...before purchasing this, I was maxing out the bandwidth of the Firewire port with those two devices connected together. I'd say this is a must have if you require more than one Firewire port, or to add Firewire to the more compact machines such as the MacBook Air.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very positive first impressions

    i was wary of buying this based on other reviews but glad I decided to give it a go.
    I am copying large amounts of data between drives and although my laptop has thunderbolt, nothing else I own does....!!
    I have managed to half my data transfer time by using this adapter with a Firewire 800 cable over the Usb 2 connection.
    I agree that the cable length is on the short side but i have not experienced any issues with the cable pulling out of the thunderbold connection.
    The price is high in my opinion but it functions well and does it's job (or at lease with the equipment i am using).
    Wish Apple would release a Usb 3 variant of this then I would have all my appliance covered for much better transfer speeds.
    In short; I would recommend this item.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty terrible

    I've been using this adapter for both my audio interface and external hard drive on a Retina MacBook Pro - It works, but it is REALLY sensitive to being moved. A tiny knock on the laptop and the connected device gets disconnected. Very frustrating on large import jobs into final cut pro x from a firewire external drive, it took about 5 attempts to move 90GB of data into FCPX. Using my laptop for performing live means that kit moves about a lot, and there is NO WAY i'd use this adapter in an important situation.

    A real shame, as everything else about the laptop and OS is off the hook awesome, but this really let it down from a professional standpoint.

    38 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply does not work at all!

    I'm on my second TB/FW adapter. With the first, my G-Drives would randomly unmount themselves constantly, sometimes while I was actively using them. After exchanging the adapter, neither of my external drives will mount at all!

    Both G-Drives worked flawlessly through a FW800/FW400 cable on my late-2006 iMac for years, and continue to work flawlessly through USB on my new 2012 iMac, but they're a couple of unresponsive bricks when connected through this useless adapter.

    I've been working with an Apple Senior Advisor for several days trying to resolve this problem, but I honestly believe Apple just has a junk technology they haven't worked the bugs out of yet. Either it's firmware, something in ML, or the hardware in the adapter itself is faulty, but a lot of people are having the exact same problem.

    Very disappointing!

    92 of 96 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I'm very happy Apple goes the extra step to actually implement the standard; I'm extremely pleased with the 1394 implementation; for all those questioning the power handling of this adapter...the fuse on the 1394 power side is a 1.5A fuse..fully compliant with the standard; you can transport 10W+ continuously over this little thing (it'll work near 15W too :-) ), which is good enough for some serious medical applications, such as mine. Thanks Apple for squeezing essentially a PCI express card down to that size and still be compliant, and have very nice thermal performance as well. Also great job on the EMI shield design.
    5 stars *****

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it needs to

    I read a review which nearly put me off which said this cable fell out easily. That has not been my experience. I leave it plugged in with a firewire cable attached. If it was going to fall out, it would have done by now. I can see how repeated plugging in and out might do that, but not so far. It has done well.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not power external HD

    Forget trying to use this on a portable HD that doesn't have it's own power supply. It will not work. Does not provide enough power.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    This can provide only 7W to firewire devices. There are many, many devices that need more than this. You should absolutely check before buying to find out what your devices need in terms of power. Otherwise this is useless, as it is for me more than half the time.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works exactly as advertised

    This is a Thunderbolt to FW800 adapter, as such it works exactly as advertised.

    There are a lot of editorial comments in the reviews but this works as advertised. It is reliable and offers good performance when used with FW800 drives

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple's losing their touch

    I needed the FW 400 connector, didn't verify this one would work before ordering since there was only one option, and the adapter in the mail is only compatible with the FW 800 devices. I'm afraid that getting an adapter from 400 to 800 may cause compatibility/performance/driver issues which is the last thing I want to have to consider after a costly upgrade to thunderbolt. Working with Apple is feeling more like the PC world all the time. Good thing I have nothing else to do since I'm now on the hunt for a FW to FW adapter to go into Apple's Thunderbolt to FW adapter and hope that it works. Very disappointed.

    29 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only one FW capability but there's two FW options?

    I can't help but feel cheated and robbed by Apple..... they had no problems over the years selling me FW 400 and FW 800 devices yet this adapter only works with one of them. I can't even connect my older Apple iSight without now going out to find someone who sells a FW to FW adapter to go into Apple's Thunderbolt to FW adapter. pretty stupid if you ask me. Why didn't you include an adapter within the adapter if you're going to require it anyways?

    36 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely disappointed

    This is for Firewire 800, the older G5 Firewire are not compatible and now I need another converter just to sync information and files from another mac. I have spent way too much money converting everything to Thunderbolt already and now I need a converter for the Firewire 400. I am disappointed in Apple Inc. and their Thunderbolt.

    30 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is the Alfa Romeo of adaptors

    By which I mean it's flashy, and when it works, it works great, but when it doesn't... you're left at the side of the road feeling sorry for yourself.

    I've been using this with a brand new iMac and I don't know how it's reached production with such a design flaw - the male thunderbolt connector is just far too short. It seems to fit in fine, although not particularly convincingly, to the back of my iMac, but as soon as it's got a Firewire lead on the end, the weight of the lead on the adaptor means that the adaptor slips out of the back of the imac just enough... and it disconnects in the middle of your transfer / install.

    No, I'm not touching it. Yes, it's firmly fitted to start with. It just falls out.
    Very frustrating. And not exactly ideal for either of your drives.

    Transfer speeds are good enough, and there's no problem with the FireWire end (well done Apple), for which I originally thought I'd award two stars.
    But then again, there's the fact that you HAVE to buy this thing because of the introduction of Apple Proprietary Data Transfer Protocol #345 (the artist formerly known as Thunderbolt). One star it is.

    36 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to firewire adapter for older camcorder Mini DV (Panasonic)

    Previously used firewire 400 on old mac. Bought a firewire 800 cable 9-4 pin and adapter.
    New firewire cable worked in my daughters Mac Book Pro 2011. Imported video---so I know that part works.
    I added the adapter for my retina Mac Book Pro 2012.. I does not recognize camcorder.
    Either its the adapter or the imovie 11. Next I will try a different import program and see if it recognizes camcorder. I have so many old tapes to transfer!

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works, but...

    Works fine with digi 002 and focusrite saffire 24 audio interfaces.
    BUT (and thats why only 3 stars):

    Because thunderbolt only delivers 7w thru the FW adapter many bus powered FW-devices need an ac-adapter.

    Not all FW800 to FW400 adapters are working with the thunderbolt adapter. Some of my adapters let go power through the cable but the interfaces for example are not recognized. Sonnet FW800 to 400 is working fine with apples thunderbolt to fw

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    All good here in Australia

    All of my WD drives run fine through bus powered and mains connected via this adapter. I have 2 connected now with bus powered and all good, the adapter is a little warm but far from hot as one 1 user I saw mention. So, so far, very good. Maybe because of the late 2012 iMac it's running through, I don't know. Can't fault it so far and speed is running about the same as I remember on mid 2010 iMac through firewire direct feed. Haven't tried running with more than 2 bus powered WD drives yet... one day..

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No thunderbolt port next to the firewire?

    It does what it's supposed to, but I don't understand why it doesn't have another thunderbolt port on the the firewire end, I can't connect two displays and still use firewire, unless I use the HDMI, but than I need another adapter. I thought one of the strong points of thunderbolt is the ability to daisy chain.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with (at least) RAID 0 FW800 drives

    I'm very disappointed with this cable. For whatever reason, my Late 2012 27" iMac will not recognize the self-powered FW800 externals that I have been working with for years. I'd love to know why.

    54 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I'm using this with a couple of CF card readers:

    1. DLOCK - Works fine when directly connected, the DLock seems to have a problem when daisy-chained through a Lacie HDD (which is powered down) with this device.

    2. GOLD FLASH - Works perfectly directly or daisy-chained.

    Conclusion: The DLOCK may draw more power and so requires other linked devices to be powered up. The Gold Flash is built like a tank and works extremely well with this Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adaptor.