• 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.

  • 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.

    15 of 18 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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    67 of 70 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

    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

    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

    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