• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I feel so screwed over.

    • Written by Jeroen H from Amsterdam

    Of all the overpriced Apple cables that I own (and I have A LOT of them), this is the most useless one. It doesn't work if both devices you're trying to connect don't have their own power source. Which means it won't work on most external harddrives. Since that's the only thing I needed it for, I'm feel cheated. There should at least be a big red sticker on the package stating how this thing doesn't provide power. I can't believe I paid 55 euro's for this. I know it's been a long long time since Apple actually cared about its customers. But this a whole new level of disrespecting people. It makes me want to quite Apple products altogether.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapters are garbage and should be pulled/discontinued

    • Written by Erica H from North VANCOUVER

    I have x2 of these, one purchased last week and another purchased a year ago. Neither of these will connect my G-RAID storage device to my mac pro 2013 (Sierra). The USB-C connects it fine to my macbook pro, the USB connects to both computers, but using these adapters to go from USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 does not work. Garbage! I decided to purchase a thunderbolt 3 device over a thunderbolt 2 because of the existence of this adapter. Thanks apple!! My loyalty was already waining... I can't keep up the charade any longer. You guys have really abandoned any common sense here.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2017 iMac + Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by Brynnlee B from Carlisle

    There are WAY too many negative reviews on this adapter --- and most are likely nonsense. Just connected my 2017 iMac (27" Retina) with this adapter directly to my Thunderbolt Display (purchased in 2015). Works FLAWLESSLY! It recognized it, fired right up and there are no issues.

    Stop reading all the negative reviews -- if your set-up is like mine ... This cable will work. Buy it and move on!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great: Apple Firewire Thunderbolt 2 -> 2017 MBP Thunderbolt 3

    • Written by Mark E from Littleton

    I have a couple of old Sony camcorders that only have Firewire interface for pulling video off of them, and historically I have used an Apple Firewire Thunderbolt 2 "dongle" to accomplish the task. Now that I have a shiny new 2017 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3, aka USB-C, I needed a way to bridge the gap between the old and the new.

    After reading the various reviews, it became apparent that this particular use case should work fine since my need is to go from legacy Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3. So I purchased the adapter from the Apple store, plugged everything together, and like magic, Final Cut Pro recognized my old camcorder and pulled video from it just like the old days.

    This is literally the only reason I would use this adapter, but for my purposes it works perfectly. I docked a star from my rating purely because of the crazy cost -- $50 seems like a whole lot of money for a simple dongle. But it is Apple after all.... :-)

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter screwed me bigly.

    • Written by Eric W from Thunder Bay

    Just bought a new LACIE 2Big Dock Thunderbolt 3 for my new MacBook Pro. Now how do I transfer all my data from my old Lacie 5Big Thunder bolt 2 drive when this adapter can't do the job? The description says it can, but it can't! I have two of these adapters and neither work! Did i just lose over a thousand dollars because of this adapter? I'm so screwed!!! What do I do now?

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They do not appear to work on older Macs

    • Written by Don L from La Habra

    Apple's documentation says that this adapter should work in both directions. That is allow a Macintosh equipped with Thunderbolt 2 ports to connect to a hard drive equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port. I tried this with a new G Drive mobile USB-C drive. It would not work. I tested the drive on the same Mac via the USB 2 port it works (slowly). I test the computer's Thunderbolt 2 ports with a native Thunderbolt 2 drive. This combination work also. That leaves the 'Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter' as the failing part. I contact Apple support. After about 30 minutes of texting and testing, they recommend I return the adapter as defective. However. I actually had a second adapter I wanted to connect two new hard drives to this computer. I tested the second adapter. The same problem, no connection. It appears that this adapter does not have the level of compatability Apple claims for older Macintoshes with Thunderbolt 2 ports.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as Advertised

    • Written by Guinevere M from Teague

    I was really concerned when I read all of the negative reviews of this product, but I needed it to make my old external drives work with my new MacBook Pro as well as to assist with transferring all of my files from the old MacBook Pro to the new one. This adapter worked perfectly for me. I had no trouble connecting my 2018 15" MacBook Pro to my old MacBook Pro to transfer my files. Furthermore, it works great for me to connect to my external hard drives, which are still running with Firewire 800, an adapter that converts that to a 2nd gen Thunderbolt cable, which was then plugged into this adapter. No problem with the drive mounting and being read or writing to it. This system (albeit a bit on the convoluted, too many dongles side) worked fine with external drives that have a separate power source as well as external drives (such as a LaCie Rugged Drive) that are powered through the Mac. Between the purchase of this adapter and a $40 hub, I am good to go with my new computer and my old peripherals.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ONLY works for TB2 Connections

    • Written by Tim H from Woodinville

    Note that this adapter ONLY provides a Thunderbolt 2 connection. It does NOT duplicate the DisplayPort features of Thunderbolt 2 connectors on earlier Apple laptops, so you CANNOT use it to connect display.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work even though Apple support says everything is the correct setup.

    • Written by Kirsten G from Philadelphia

    Very frustrated. I have been using my 2011 iMac as a backup to my mid-2015 MBP as well as a secondary monitor for a couple of years. Purchased a brand new 2018 13" MBP with touchbar. Bought this expensive adapter to continue to run the iMac as a secondary monitor. IT DOESN'T WORK. Spent 30min on the phone with support who confirmed it should work (set up was correct). All I get is a black screen (my MBP recognizes a second display in settings but nothing but black on the iMac). I absolutely need a second screen for work. I have spent way to much time searching support, googling, and now researching new monitors. Thanks Apple.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    useless

    • Written by Nat K from Woodacre

    I guess I should have heeded the other reviews that said this thing does not work. Indeed it does not. I bought this to connect a usb-c external drive to my iMac's thunderbolt port but the drive wont mount. Drive works with the usb-c to usb cable.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a champ....

    • Written by Albert W from Hercules

    Seeing a lot of negative reviews. It is one direction. Your main device must have USB-C port. It will not work if you are going reverse with a Thunderbolt 2 cable to the adapter and then to USB-C external drive.

    It works as intended with my G-Tech ev All-Terrain Case with Thunderbolt. I attach the USB-C end to my latest Macbook Pro and then attach the other end to my external drive. It powers it up and i am able to mount it.

    16 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked like a champ

    • Written by Lo-Cal M from Eugene

    I saw all the reviews saying the adapter didn't work, and I was leery about buying it. I went to the Apple store, took my laptop(MBP 2014), and my Lacie 6TB Thunderbolt 3 hard drive, and setup the config with the adapter. I plugged the Thunderbolt 3 male end into the Lacie drive, plugged Thunderbolt 2 cable to the female end of adapter and to my laptop. Drive appeared on my MBP within seconds. Data transfer is flowing much faster now :) I'd post a pic of the setup, but I don't see that option.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for data connection to Promise Pegasus R4

    • Written by Mark B from Carmel Valley

    I used this adapter to successfully connect my new 27" iMac (usb-c) to my Promise Pegasus R4 (thunderbolt 2). I upgraded the R4 with new drives, but not using them as a RAID array. On startup each of the external R4 drives shows up on Finder and works as expected. Incidentally, I also daisy-chained another G-Technology 4TB external drive into the open Pegasus Thunderbolt 2 port and it too showed up on Finder without any issues going through this adapter.

    I rate this as 4 stars.. it's a little pricey for 5 stars, folks.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only works one way :(

    • Written by GATES B from Brooklyn

    Older devices -> 2018 Macbook Pro = ok
    Newer (usb-c) devices -> 2013 Mac Pro = nope!

    Maybe this works fine connecting thunderbolt 2 devices to a new macbook pro. But if you were wanting to use it to connect new devices to a computer with legacy ports (re: any computer other than the newest macbook pros) than you're SOL.

    $50 spent, and I still can't connect a usb-c hard drive to my Mac Pro tower.

    25 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work as Display Port

    • Written by Andrii S from Kiev

    I can't connect Dell monitor with with it... Very dissapointed

    12 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 RAID!!!

    • Written by Michael S from Cupertino

    Why does this adapter not work with LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 RAID?!

    Same problem on discussions thread 8139184

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthless! A Waste!

    • Written by Stephen D from Ammon

    Apple might have hundreds of billions saved up...but they are not investing in keeping products useful. I bought one of these worthless devices. Worthless? Well, how do you connect a USB-C drive to an older MacBook Pro with Thunderport-2 outlets? With this very adapter of course. EXCEPT...it will NOT pass any power to the device! A total brick! Useless! What is the use in selling it, except to fleece us! What was Apple thinking we would use these for--decoration! Very, very very, very disappointing. The modern management, it seems, is becoming more greedy, and less helpful as time passes. Beautiful headquarters? Yes, but it won't help me use my hardware, or even retrieve data! They seem to be spending more time on fluff, and less on meat. Like more powerful computers, and peripherals that work. I would give it ZERO if it were possible.

    29 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great with Apple Thunderbolt Display to 2016 MacBook Pro w/USB-C

    • Written by Shawn L from Raymond

    Look carefully at negative reviews. If you are an Apple user, using Apple products, such as Thunderbolt Display to a 2016 MacBook Pro with USB-C ports, this works perfectly.

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Most useless dongle ever; don't waste your money

    • Written by Yuri D from Seattle

    I have yet to make it work with any external display no matter what combination of cables/adapters I try. This is a useless product. Don't waste your money.

    11 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete garbage

    • Written by Adam K from Milwaukee

    Will not purchase another apple product again. The dongle joke was funny at first but now I am infuriated!

    14 of 46 people found this useful