• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I so wanted it to work . . .

    • Written by Nicholas C from Alexandria

    I have an expensive Firewire (FW) 800 external drive that I have been using for the last few years. Rock solid and fast. Got new iMac 21.5" for office. Thought I could use this FW drive with new Thunderbolt port using this $29 adapter but no luck. Checked drive on two other FW 800 systems and the drive is perfect. Just to make absolute sure, I reformatted drive then tried again. No luck. Specifically, drive displays on desktop just fine (as any external drive does) but you are unable to transfer files to or from drive. Just a spinning beach ball. Also can't eject drive. Even "Force Eject" doesn't work. You have to unplug power to drive to get it off desktop. Too bad. Bought a seagate USB 3.0 drive and it is a little faster than FW 800.

    71 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't even see my FW drives

    • Written by Thomas C from Houston

    Been through 2 adapters so far on my brand new 2015 mac mini with exactly the same results. Both my external drives work great via my older mac book pro firewire800 port, but through this adapter on the new mini they aren't even recognized. Its not the thunderbolt side, when monitors are attached to the mini via mini display port i get a good image. Its a useless adapter.

    Buyer beware... this technology does not work.

    65 of 72 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter won't work with new iMacs

    • Written by Gary P from Austin

    So I buy a brand new (2017) top of the line 27" iMac (this is my 3rd iMac) and it doesn't have a connection for my Firewire RAID external hard drive. So I order a Thunderbolt to Firewire (Apple) adapter from B&H Photo. Guess what, it won't work with my new iMac because the adapter is Thunderbolt 2 and the new iMac has Thunderbolt 3 connections. I think Apple needs to clearly state in the description of this adapter that it is only for Thunderbolt 2 and will not work with current iMacs. My RAID drive also has eSATA so I am ordering an adapter cable to connect to the USB-3 ports. Let's hope that works. Be prepared that when you buy that new Mac, you are going to be spending a lot of additional money on adapter cables or replacing your peripherals.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flimsy thunderbolt plug

    • Written by Maciej R from London

    It usually works fine until you move your device. Often disconnects if you touch it and falls off if you move your device.

    The issue with pretty much all thunderbolt 1 and 2 apple connectors that I used including display cables.

    I think it is greatly overpriced considering this problem.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    breaks super fast

    • Written by Alexander D from Hermosa Beach

    i have bought 2 of these and both only lasted me 4-6 uploads from my videocamera before breaking. i thought maybe it was my fire wire so i got a new fire wire but nothing changed. i tested both firewires directly into very old computers that still had the firewire plug and both worked fine. Amazing how a technology developed by apple in the late 80s works better than the adapters they make for that tech now...

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable. Ejects external drive constantly.

    • Written by ben L from elwood

    Constantly ejects my hard drive. The design of the adapter with its very short semi-flexible cord significantly exacerbates any movement at both interfaces, and the firewire input does not provide a secure connection befitting professional devices. A longer, more flexible cable and a better quality firewire input would go some way toward addressing these problems.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had to buy another

    • Written by Andrew G from New Orleans

    Using some legacy FW 400 sound gear - have to buy an adapter for the adapter.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work for harddrive and audio interface

    • Written by Cheong L from London

    Too bad I haven't read the reviews before buying it. I have two external hard drive and a Focusrite Saffire LE audio interface. I rely on them for my sound recording work. I bought this adaptor, hoping that I can use them on a new macbook pro, although their light are on indicating that there are power coming through, none of devices were detected on the computer.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working for professional medium format digital cameras

    • Written by Benoit P from Halifax

    It doesn't work with medium format digital cameras. When shooting tethered, the camera stop working with an "communication error" message. On top of it, the adapter quickly becomes hot. In a nutshell: Useless, and possibly dangerous for the integrity of the equipment.

    Many pro photographers are coming back to Windows, no wonder.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter causes iMac 2012 to freeze immediately after connection

    • Written by Lionel N from Singapore

    I have 2 of these adapters, and recently I noticed my FW800 drives are causing the iMac to freeze almost 1 second after connecting the drive to the iMac 2012 via the FW800-Thunderbolt Adapter.

    Freeze means everything stops, screen, mouse, nothing works. Even pressing the power to sleep doesn't work. The solution is to hard power off and power on again.

    Pretty sure one of the adapters was causing a problem, so I marked them as A & B. Sure enough, the one marked A caused random freezes. It's like sometimes it freezes, sometimes it doesn't.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wasted $29 plus shipping

    • Written by Theresa C from Ann Arbor

    Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter doesn't work.
    I bought this for my Mac Pro so that I could connect my 8TB storage for video editing but Apple's Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter doesn't work at all!!!

    I would give ZERO stars if I could.
    You FAIL Apple, I will never again buy another Apple product (been using Apple computers since the Macintosh). You lost me when you started soldering your storage.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It worked, but iMovie 10 couldn't import audio from my camcorder

    • Written by Karen P from Duluth

    I got this adapter to import mini-DV tape footage from my Canon Optura Pi camcorder into my Mac (running 10.13.3). With this adapter, both iMovie 10 (current) and iMovie 9 (2011) could import the footage, but iMovie 10 could not import the sound. Using iMovie 9, I made a movie, and then had trouble making a DVD with iDVD (from 2012); iDVD only found the themes one time, and kept crashing or freezing and having to be "Forced to Quit." Conclusion: The adapter worked, but iMovie 10 couldn't bring in the audio. Unless you want to try 3rd party software, this adapter may not help much for turning mini-DV footage into movies on DVD.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Firewire harddisk on newer Apple computer

    • Written by Rudi C from Holte

    Cable works fine, it's just not a stand alone cable.
    From computer to harddisk you need to daisy chain 3 cables:
    -Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
    -Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
    -Firewire 800 cable

    Not that elegant, any very expensive.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter failure after thirteen months

    • Written by Thomas Lee H from Falls Church

    I have a 27 inch iMac late 2013 and 9 external firewire drives. I bought the adapter in August of 2014 and have been successfully using it for about a year. In the last month 3 of my drives that were connected to the Nitro firewire hub which was connected to the iMac via the Adapter cable. The Adapter stopped working shortly after the limited warranty expired. (The configuration is iMac-->Adapter->>Firewire 800 cable -->Nitro hub-->Newertech Voyager devices containing 4TB WD drives. While it worked, the drives sometimes disappeared but were always available after a reboot. (I was never able to determine if it was the iMac's "fault" or the Voyager) The real problem is that I spent hours trying to change various cables until I took an adapter from my other Mac and tried it. Everything then worked. Is there any way to TEST the Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter? This cost me many hours and I don't know how long it will work before this other Adapter fails.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    BUS power direction

    • Written by Richard H from hunters hill

    Finally received one and discovered a very interesting BUS power direction. TB --> FW800 device = ok. However, FW800 --> TB device = n/a (no power!) Even with TB AC power hub!?!

    ie TB port (ie MBP, iMac, MacPro) --> FW800 (ie external drive with BUS power, digital backs etc) will work vs FW800 port (ie old MBP) --> TB device (ie external drive) will NOT work.

    Hope that helps...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on Mac, not on PC

    • Written by Scott G from Derby

    I purchased this, from an Apple reseller to use with my PC (MacBook Pro already has firewire 800 port) it works well, however, if I restart my Dell T1700 with the adapter plugged in the PC will POST but fails to BOOT. Thus freezing on the boot screen indefinitely.
    The adapter and PC are both fine and have no hardware issues (Dell engineer replaced thunderbolt card and same issue), this is purely a compatibility issue.

    This adapter is not fully Windows compatible.

    However, it works well on other Macs (I have access to 2014 iMacs)

    19 of 46 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what I need

    • Written by Scott R from Edmonton

    I can't speak to the issue some have had with devices that require bus power. But, for my particular need, it does the trick.

    I use an old MiniDV camcorder whose tape drive has become unreliable. The camera has a 4-conductor FireWire 400 output, so I decided to try using it as a direct camera input for iMovie. I purchased a FireWire 400 cable (4-conductor at one end and 8-conductor at the other) and patched that through a FireWire 400-to-800 adaptor plug to connect to a MacBook.

    This worked, but my newer MacBook Air has no FireWire. This Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter—effectively the third adapter in my Franken-cable—successfully connects my camcorder to my MacBook Air. Interestingly, the camera will not work properly with the current iMovie, but functions just fine with iMovie 9.09 (thankfully available as a free download, and still compatible with El Capitan).

    64 of 65 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine---but not forever!

    • Written by Keith B from Santa Monica

    My adapter perfectly accommodated my 9-drive external FW800 daisy chain to my Thunderbolt-equipped Macbook Pro. After a little over 2 years of light use---estimated at about 3 hours per day for the year--- the external drives along the daisy chain started having connectivity and random unmounting of volumes issues. I finally swapped a fresh Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter into the line, and all issues disappeared. Buy one, and then buy a spare.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    On Mac works perfectly fine.

    • Written by G A M I from London, England.

    I bought it back in 2017, so I am using it for more than 2 years, no problems at all and I use it every single day for about 8 to 12 hours, and I have it connected to a Thunderbolt 3 (Apple) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter and a Fw800 to FW600 cable...
    I just put some Velcro on the FireWire adapter to stick it to my desk and keep it fixed to something solid, then the Thunderbolt 3 is in the air plugged into my iMac.
    That allowed me to keep on using my Soundcard Motu which is Firewire 600 so I also have a cable from FW800 to FW600 (Lindy) and all of this thing works perfectly fine, so I didn't gave to it 5 stars just because this adapter could be better designed somehow to do a more reliable connection without having to stuck it with Velcro to keep it working (specially for laptop users), but electronically speaking it works just great. Also is not that expensive if you have in mind it is not just a cable, inside there is a very complex electronic doing the whole conversion thing.

    I hope this helps to other people looking for a solution like mine. I rarely write reviews (because I am not getting paid for it) but in this case it could save a lot of people money and headaches and stop making a good old device just a land filling piece.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    iMac 5k to Legacy FW 800

    • Written by Alan Y from Saint James

    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

    17 of 17 people found this useful