Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

  • Overview

    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

    System Requirements

    OS X v10.7.4 or later

    Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer

  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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    • 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. Whe 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

      790 of 914 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Having problems with bus powered drives

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      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 / drives. I've tested the MOT 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

      566 of 615 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works fine for data, is dicier for bus-powered devices

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Finally!!!!!!!

      After buying the 15inch MBP and not being able to hook up my hard drives via firewire I was desperate for this... Better late than never. Thanks Apple

      • Written by william l from el cajon

      370 of 481 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Finally!!!!!!!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt Adapter

      I am using it to connect a NewerTech GMax Mini to my new Mac Mini 3.0Ghz//16/2T Fusion. Works very well.

      • Written by Jeffrey G from Burbank

      Is this review useful?Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt Adapter

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      iMac 5k to Legacy FW 800

      Recently upgraded to a late 2015 5k 27" iMac from an early 2009 iMac. I have 3 FW 800 drives and they all are detected and work fine with this adapter. My drive Recently upgraded to a late 2015 5k 27" iMac from an early 2009 iMac. I have 3 FW 800 drives and they all are detected and work fine with this adapter. My drives are Drobo Gen 2 (powered), Western Digital My Book Studio (powered) and a Western Digital My Passport Studio (in chain). I was concerned given all the mixed reviews so I hope this may help others with a similar configuration. Alan

      • Written by Alan Y from Saint James

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?iMac 5k to Legacy FW 800

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works terrific! Eliminates needing the Ethernet port on your MacBook!

      Although having a port on your machine is more ideal, this nifty gadget does exactly as it's meant for. It's very portable with my other adapters and such that Although having a port on your machine is more ideal, this nifty gadget does exactly as it's meant for. It's very portable with my other adapters and such that I take on the go. I feel an ethernet plug is one of those essential ports that should be part of the machine, but because they don't build them into the machines anymore, this is the next best thing. I find that this works fantastic to use for an ethernet connection using my Thunderbolt port of my MB Pro. I currently have a MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina model. It has never failed me yet. Not sure about the other reviewer problems mentioned, but my use has been minimal, and has been for general use of modem/router & printer setups... or basically when direct connection is required for an initial setup and/or bluetooth setup, etc. I can connect to my device via ethernet just fine without getting errors or other problems. It was a great investment for me!

      • Written by Michele L from Grand Rapids

      0 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works terrific! Eliminates needing the Ethernet port on your MacBook!

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