Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
108 Questions from the Community
I use my RME fireface 400 via a firewire/thunderbolt adapter with my 15" macbook pro for Logic. This trick also works for my 2010 mac book air as well though I don't use logic there.
User forum at RME has notes about 800 use as well.
- Answered by William R from Amsterdam
- 02 6, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I am considering upgrading my Mac. Will my RME Fireface 800 audio interface work with the Firewire/Thunderbolt cable?)
Hi Nancy. This adapter has a 50/50 success rate correctly powering Bus Powered Firewire drives. Your drives are probably perfectly fine. It's most likely the adapter causing the issue. If your bus powered external portal drive has a power source, try finding a power adapter to power it and then connect it via this adapter to see if your results change. I have more Firewire Drives than I do Thunderbolt drives so this adapter is something I keep in my back pocket at all times. Hope this helps.
- Answered by Ellsworth R from North Hollywood
- 09 28, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Im using it to connect my exteral hardrive, but it wont work. Is it the adapter?)
Can this adapter be used to transfer my files from a Late 2009 IMac to a brand new fusion IMac. I have a firewire 800 cable.
I am getting a new IMac 27" with fusion drive. I would like to transfer my files from my Late 2009 27" iMac. Can I use the firewire to thunderbolt adapter for this purpose?
- Asked by Jose O from Coral Gables
- 12 5, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this adapter be used to transfer my files from a Late 2009 IMac to a brand new fusion IMac. I have a firewire 800 cable.)
Why are there 2 firewire adapters? MD464zm/a and MD464ll/a
What are the differences/similarities between these 2 adapters?
I am trying to connect to a digital audio mixer, and it's a little fussy.
- Asked by Victor G from St. Adolphe
- 12 4, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (Why are there 2 firewire adapters? MD464zm/a and MD464ll/a)
Evidently the MD464zm/a was an early version, it's not available any more.
- Answered by David L from Redlands
- 08 11, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Why are there 2 firewire adapters? MD464zm/a and MD464ll/a)
Can I use a FireWire adapter to link a Mac book Pro and an iPad air?
I have a faulty hard drive in my Mac book pro and need to recover data from it before swapping hard drives. I cannot perform a backup because I cannot get on the laptop. I don't have another Mac available but have an iPad air. Is it possible to use a FireWire adapter to make the iPad air a host and the Mac book pro the target to recover data from?
- Asked by Patrick S from Pacific Grove
- 04 16, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use a FireWire adapter to link a Mac book Pro and an iPad air?)
Will this work with an iPod (touch wheel), which has an FireWire 400 port, connected via this particular adapter and an adapter FireWire 800 to 400?Answer
Yes. You will need this thunderbolt to FW 800 adapter and a FW 800 to 400 adapter.
Can this adapter be used to connect thunderbolt external hard drive to older mac with firewire 800?
I want to purchase a Thunderbolt external hard Drive to use with my new MacBook Pro with retina display. I also want to be able to use that hard drive with my older iMac that only has FireWire 800. Will this adapter allow me to connect the thunderbolt drive to the older iMac.
- Asked by Alexander E from Dix Hills
- 08 5, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this adapter be used to connect thunderbolt external hard drive to older mac with firewire 800?)
No. This device creates a FireWire port for the host Mac when connected to a Thunderbolt port. It needs software drivers to do this, and cannot function as a converter on it's own. Because of this, it cannot be used as a bridge to do the opposite. (That would be a completely different adapter, but as far as I know no one has made one yet.)
- Answered by John S from Notre Dame
- 08 8, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can this adapter be used to connect thunderbolt external hard drive to older mac with firewire 800?)
it's actually really simple ... and I just had to figure this out recently myself after upgrading my IMAC. You just need a THUNDERBOLT to FIREWIRE adapter from Apple. I picked one up for $29.00 So, connect the new adapter to your iMAC ... connect the Firewire to the new adapter and the other end to your Canon HV30 (or camcorder with a DV output).
Just a heads up ... the end of the Thunderbolt adapter is a 9-pin Firewire (Firewire 800). You will need a 9-pin to 4-pin Firewire cable.
- Answered by Brian C from Collegeville
- 08 18, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What do I need to connect my Canon Vixia HV30 camera to thunderbolt on an iMac?)
imac mid 2010 and Thunderbolt port
Ciao to all.
I bought it and it works great with my MacBookPro17; but IF I plug into mi iMac27" Mid 2010, it is not recognized.
Someone can confirm me it's not possible to use it on my iMac mid 2010?
- Asked by Roberto B from Reggio Emilia
- 10 26, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (imac mid 2010 and Thunderbolt port)
That's because your 2010 iMac has a Displayport port, not a Thunderbolt port. They are physically similar, but your Displayport will only connect to video devices with Displayport connections.
- Answered by Nathan D from New Brighton
- 11 2, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (imac mid 2010 and Thunderbolt port)
will this work with Thunderbolt 2
- Asked by John P from Turramurra
- 10 18, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (will this work with Thunderbolt 2)
- Answered by Peggy D from Kent
- 03 22, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (will this work with Thunderbolt 2)
Can I download from my old digital camera onto my mac book pro retina 13 which uses firewire. Don't really understand what Thunderbolt to Firewire is
- Asked by Elizabeth P from Newquay
- 10 28, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I download from my old digital camera onto my mac book pro retina 13 which uses firewire. Don't really understand what Thunderbolt to Firewire is)
The thunderbolt to FireWire adapter is exactly that, an adapter that allows you to connect older FireWire drives and devices to a Mac which only has thunderbolt ports... If your MBP has FireWire on it, then you don't need this adapter. Although make sure your camera is 'FireWire 800' and not 'FireWire 400' as these use slightly different connectors.
With FW400 devices you will get a maximum of 400Mbps (~50 MB/sec), and with FW800 you will get a maximum of 800Mbps (~100 MB/sec). That will be your throughput ceiling, your drives won't be able to take full of advantage of Thunderbolt's speed.
- Answered by Martin J from Ottawa
- 08 4, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What transfer speeds would I expect using this adapter? Will this convert my firewire drives to thunderbolt speeds?)
trying to transfer from a 2009 iMac to a 2013 iMac with thunderbolt adaptor and firewire but it's not giving me that option, only ethernet or wifi...hAnswer
Try putting your iMac into Target Disk Mode. Shut it down, and turn it hold holding the "T" button when you hear the chime. The iMac will boot to a white screen with the Firewire symbol, effectively turning it into a giant external hard drive. On the new iMac, tell it to use the data found on a connected disk (rather than a network connection).
- Answered by Kevin W from San Antonio
- 03 27, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (trying to transfer from a 2009 iMac to a 2013 iMac with thunderbolt adaptor and firewire but it's not giving me that option, only ethernet or wifi...h)
External Thunderbolt drive to older Firewire Mac adaptor???
Sounds like from the good information on this forum that this adaptor cannot connect an external Thunderbolt drive to an older Firewire Mac.
Given this, does anyone know of an adaptor that will allow one to do this?
This would obviously be useful to those of us with a new iMac in one location and older macs in another where we would like to transfer data between the two using an external Thunderbolt drive.
- Asked by Tom W from Salt Lake City
- 07 25, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (External Thunderbolt drive to older Firewire Mac adaptor???)
You can use this adapter since it's FireWire 800
You could then buy a standard FireWire 800 to 400 cable and have it work for older FireWire devices
What you use as an example (external thunderbolt drive) WILLNOT work.
This adapter converts a thunderbolt port to FireWire, so you can attach older FireWire devices to the newer thunderbolt port.
This will not allow older macs with a FireWire port to suddenly get thunderbolt capabilities.
- Answered by Ryan C from Bowmanville
- 09 24, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (External Thunderbolt drive to older Firewire Mac adaptor???)
I have 7 currently. The max is 63.
- Answered by Calvin H
- 08 18, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How many FW800 devices can be daisy chained up at the same time?)
Will this adapter work on a Mac with Snow Leopard 10.6.8?
I want to use this adapter with a 2011 MacBook Pro still loaded with Snow Leopard and don't wish to update to Lion.
- Asked by Stefan R from Bellevue
- 08 3, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Will this adapter work on a Mac with Snow Leopard 10.6.8?)
Hmm, curious other answer.
See this from above:
Yes, I use it with my MacBook Pro running SL 10.6.8. Works fine.
Answered by Curtis L from Brooklyn Sep 12, 2012
- Answered by Shawn M
- 12 23, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this adapter work on a Mac with Snow Leopard 10.6.8?)
Maybe 5-6 inches. It's just an adapter, you'll need a FireWire Cable to reach your device.
- Answered by John S from Notre Dame
- 08 8, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How long is it?)