• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No good for external HDDs

    You may already have read that this adapter doesn't supply enough power to run certain external peripherals, but here's something else to consider: I have a Seagate Freeagent external hard drive, and even though it has a separate power supply, my 2013 27" iMac running Yosemite unmounts the drive on sleep when I connect it using this adapter.

    When it's connected via USB2, this problem doesn't happen.

    So, this is pretty useless for connecting your FireWire Time Machine drive, or any drive you want to keep mounted permanently.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt disconnects with movement

    I use 2 of these on different macs to connect drives to the the macs.

    On a new 5K iMac if you tilt the screen the thunderbolt disconnects and alerts appear telling you drives have been disconnected.

    On a 2014 15" retina Macbook Pro exactly the same happens if you move the laptop.

    When using an external thunderbolt drive on another 2014 15" retina MacBook Pro the standard thunderbolt will disconnect if moved.

    Thunderbolt is useless Apple, you need to redesign to give a more robust connection.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with PreSonus Firebox soundcard

    Really disappointed since I can't think out any way how to use the soundcard anymore, unless Usb to Firewire works? This adapter will not be of any use.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Crushingly slow at transferring data and the thunderbolt plug keeps falling out of the imac. I've gone back to USB to use Time Machine.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't support target drive

    I bought this solely to migrate from my old Mac Pro to my new one. all it does is crash the new system when I boot up the old one in Target Drive Mode.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Connection, could potentially damage your external hardware

    I bought this adaptor solely for use with my Macbook Pro 15" Retina mid 2012 and a Focusright Saffire Pro 40 sound interface. When it connects it works perfectly, however the connection is easily broken by any slight movement of the laptop - completely negating the point of the adaptor. Not only is this incredibly frustrating for creatives (imagine recording musicians mid session and this happens!!!!!!!) but potentially damaging for the hardware. I can only imagine the anger of people who's hard drives have been damaged due to this badly designed adapter.

    I should also note that my laptop was stolen mid 2013 and I replaced it with the newer model macbook pro 15" with retina - the ports are exactly the same and the same problem with the apple thunderbolt to firewire adapter continues to occur. I have a third party svga to thunderbolt adapter and funnily enough it's build quality is far superior, never comes out the port. Avoid this adapter at all costs if possible.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I'm very happy for the people (who seem to amount to less than half) who's adapters work fine but I've not been so lucky. Who would have thought luck would ever be a factor in an Apple product working or not? I use mine to connect my latest (as of end 2013) Retina Macbook to a MOTU 828 mkiii and I have to keep everything absolute still for it to stay connected, which kind of defeats the point of a laptop right? This results in me being in a constant state of terror while simultaneously mixing and performing live music (as if that isn't stressful enough as it is) and transferring data to and from my firewire drives. It doesn't fall out completely but it may as well 'cause the effect is the same. Thunderbolt end feels very loose when plugged in.
    I've always saved for longer to buy Apple 'cause, in the past at least, you feel safe in the knowledge that everything will work brilliantly. So I can't help feeling utterly betrayed after my life-long loyalty to the brand. What are you gonna do about this, Apple????? I would very much appreciate an answer and/or a replacement while I've still got hair please!
    Gutted! :(

    19 of 20 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

    17 of 18 people found this useful

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    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?


    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Falls out of port all the time

    The tip of the thunderbolt connector might be incredibly small, BUT IT DOESN'T STAY IN THE PORT. The amount of times it falls out in the middle of a transfer, popping up an error message about disks not being ejected properly.... GRRRRR. The tiniest movement is enough to disconnect. Connectors should be secure, not prone to being disconnected at the slightest knock. This must be a universal thunderbolt problem, not a problem with this adapter? BAD DESIGN.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Better to put the money towards a drive with FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt connectivity built in. That way all your old stuff will still work, plus you'll have a drive you can use when FireWire is no longer used.

    By the way Apple, as a pro user, FireWire is key to most workflows within the world of stills and video production, so not providing a FireWire connection on the new iMacs speaks volumes of how you now view users such as myself who have supported you through the years.

    71 of 73 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

    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.

    35 of 38 people found this useful

  • 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!!!!

    240 of 271 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


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

    259 of 305 people found this useful

  • 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..

    312 of 335 people found this useful