• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow and unreliable connection

    This has proven to be a poor substitute for my years-long trusted FW800 connection to my external, self-powered, hard drives especially my Drobo drive.

    I've been simplifying my setup for my brand new iMac 27" and have kept only the Drobo drive on FW800, through this adapter. My transfer rates have been cut in half to barely USB 2 speeds, and even more problematic the connection hangs several times a day, likely when the bus goes to sleep. I therefore have to reboot my Drobo several times a day, whereas it has been running flawlessly and without interruptions for three years now.
    Needless to say FW800 is no longer an option for me. And given the very high prices, Thunderbolt is not yet an realistic alternative for mass storage.

    80 of 80 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Compatibility Issues

    I had no problem using the adapter with external powered Firewire drives. Unfortunately, my bus powered portable Firewire drives (2 different bands) were not recognized and would not boot despite the drives appearing to be powered (LED & spinning disk). I verified the issue on two Macs, a late 2012 iMac and a Macbook Air. Bummer!

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Seems to work well

    in response to the person saying it doesn't work with his motu 8pre..
    In case people are put off using this with audio interfaces, i have my retina MacBook Pro set up with this right now, using the adapter, with a firewire 800 to 400 cable going into the motu 8pre and it is all working perfectly using Logic Pro on Mountain Lion.

    49 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to FW 800 to FW 400 adapter does not support Hasselblad cameras

    Well dang... A brand new Macbook Pro Retina, new Photoshop, new Lightroom and I bought the 2 adapters recommended by Apple- Thunderbolt to Firewire 800, Firewire 800 to Firewire 400- to dump my 132 meg photographs onto my shiny new 16 GB Ram machine... Say What??
    NO GO!!! Oweeee. I called apple tech support, the guy runs a few PRAM reset programs and then proceeds to tell me to bring my new computer into an Apple store, the nearest one being about 7 hours round trip.
    Let me explain- the Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter works great on my Lacie hard drives. The Firewire 800 to Firewire 400 works great on my older MacBook Pro Firewire 800 port to run the same hard drives. So I guess the adapters are fine.
    So WHY Can't the combination work together to run a powered Firewire 400 drive???
    I am irked as the Apple tech/sales guy who helped me put this computer together told me Apple had the solution when clearly it hasn't been sorted out yet.
    As I said back up there- DANG!!

    125 of 129 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slower than USB 2.0

    Data transfer speeds were significantly slower using this adaptor compared to USB 2.0 to interface with an external HDD.

    65 of 71 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Firewire drives way slower through adapter

    It works fine, but if you are currently using a Firewire drive with your non-retina macbook, be aware that using the adapter (required for retina macbook pro) makes the drive much slower, at least for large writes.

    I copied a 32GB file to my WD MyPassport Studio external firewire drive at it took ~30min when copied from a Macbook Retina Pro 15" SSD (via adapter), compared to ~10min when copied from a early-2011 Macbook Pro 15" SSD (which has a much slower internal drive).

    61 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Firewire 400 if bus power is needed.

    I have an external FireWire 400 drive that does not require a power supply when connected to either a FireWire 400 or 800 port (with 400 to 800 cable). When I try this Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter with a FireWire 800 to 400 cable, it does not work. Apple should either put this in the description, fix the issue or sell a Thunderbolt to FireWire 400 adapter.

    86 of 88 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Caution : Bus power is limited

    For those experiencing problems using bus-powered FW devices with this adapter ...
    The Thunderbolt port supplies only 10W of power
    - the adapter uses about 3W
    - leaving 7W for bus-power

    FW can supply up to 45W
    - power capacity depends on the machine - mileage will vary
    - some machines supply considerably MORE than 7W
    - some Macs specify a *minimum* of 7W
    - which is the SAME as the TB spec

    So ...
    Check the power consumption of your peripheral.
    If it uses more than about 7W, you will probably need to use an external power supply.

    This product is an ADAPTER - not a substitute.

    Apple is not at fault if your peripheral uses more than 7W and doesnt work using ThunderBolt bus power only.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works really well

    I bought this to use with my Seagate FreeAgent GO FW800 drive, and was concerned about other reviews saying it didn't provide enough bus power. I'm pleased to report that this particular drive works flawlessly with this adaptor.

    FYI: it reads at 66MB/sec, and writes at 33 MB/sec

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1 step forward, 2 steps back!!!!

    WARNING! Does not produce enough power to run high capacity mobile drives i.e. the G-Tech G-RAID Mini...

    Luckily I tested it is advance of playing a gig at the weekend using Serato.

    Complete JOKE!

    I can't believe that Apple hasn't considered the fact that the majority of creative professionals need high capacity fast mobile storage.

    I suppose we now need to wait for 2Tb Thunderbolt enabled SSD drives which by my reckoning will cost more than the MacBook Pro!!!!

    244 of 275 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not enough power on MacBook PRO Retina

    OS X 10.8.2

    It doesn't give enough power to power my PHONIC FireFly 302.

    Really disappointed!

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Only works in one way...

    I purchased this cable to plug my 1TB Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt portable drive, into the Firewire 800 port on my older 17" MacBook Pro (which has no Thunderbolt ports). It didn't work. I called Buffalo tech support, who told me the drive will not work this way. It has to be plugged directly into a Thunderbolt Port.

    So I give this product 2 stars mainly for the product description, which clearly explains that the cable plus into a Thunderbolt port to give you an FireWire 800 port... but does not explain that the cable WILL NOT connect a Thunderbolt peripheral to a Firewire 800 port. I think it was a logical assumption that it would...

    152 of 406 people found this useful

  • 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. When I'm in the field capturing footage and need to offload data to a drive, I have to use my old laptop.

    790 of 914 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Doesn't work with my Motu 8pre the sole reason for purchase. Rubbish

    267 of 313 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    no bus power for Focusrite Saffire Pro 24

    Finally it's here and it's a great product, however my Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 won't power up on bus power - I have to use the external power supply. 7W should be enough to power the device....

    154 of 171 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, Does no more or less than what you would expect!

    Bought this adapter to connect a WD My Pasport Studio external hard disk to a 2011 MacBook Air. Has no issues powering the drive and works just as if a firewire port was integrated into the MacBook.

    The only "issue" is that is takes a couple more seconds to recognise the Hard Disk using the adapter compared to connecting to my MacBook Pro with firewire.

    Does get a bit warm to the touch, but not at all hot.

    44 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with SL 10.6.8

    I was pleasantly surprised that the adapter worked with my MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard 10.6.8.

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not replace your FW800 port, gets very hot, $30!

    I use my MBPr for audio recording and use two portable FW drives that are connected through a Belkin Firewire Hub. Works perfectly on my MBP from 2008, but can only power one drive using this very expensive adapter.

    I'm extremely disappointed that this adapter doesn't work like a FW800 port. I could save the $30 and invested in some USB 3.0 drives and been done with it. I held out waiting for this adapter thinking it would give me the same functionality as my FW800 port on my old MBP.

    One person mentioned that it didn't work with their iOmega eGo, but it worked for me on my eGo drive.

    The adapter does get very hot when in use. I have used it connected to a bus-powered drive and a dc powered drive on two separate occasions and both times the adapter was very hot. Not sure if this will be an issue with longevity of the adapter.

    Also be careful with this adapter, because if it is anything like there video adapters the wires inside will come loose if it gets moved around (bends) too much. I wrap a twisty tie around it so it barely bends. I also support the adapter so it doesn't hang and put pressure on the port.

  • 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 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..

    320 of 343 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro Retina to Firewire 800 Blu Ray Drive

    Wow... BluRay on MacBook Pro Retina to LaCee BluRay drive w/Toast11...50GB data storage on a DVD sized package. The Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter makes it happen. Now able to back up my 500 GB hard drive to optical media without taking up cases of DVD's. Makes My MacBook Pro even more usefull. Also great for in-house BluRay production on a Mac. Thanks Apple for the Thunderbolt GB Ethernet Adapter and now this Firewire 800 Adapter.

    59 of 66 people found this useful