Easily connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to a FireWire device with the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter. Small and compact, it connects to the Thunderbolt port on your Mac computer, giving you a FireWire 800 port that supplies up to 7W for bus-powered peripherals like hard drives and audio devices.
What's in the Box?
- Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter with built-in Thunderbolt cable
- OS X v10.7.4 or later
- Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
Ratings & Reviews
Having problems with bus powered drives
I am a video editor. I own many FW800 drives. None of my drives that I use in the field work unless I'm connected to power. This I am a video editor. I own many FW800 drives. None of my drives that I use in the field work unless I'm connected to power. This is a major problem for me. When I'm in the field capturing footage and need to offload data to a drive, I have to use my old laptop. …
- Written by Anthony A from Lyndhurst
467 of 520 people found this useful
Works fine for data, is dicier for bus-powered devices
The adapter seems to work fine for devices that have their own power supply but i have had mixed results on bus powered interfaces The adapter seems to work fine for devices that have their own power supply but i have had mixed results on bus powered interfaces / drives. I've tested the MOTU Ultralite Hybrid mk3 and Iomega eGo. They don't work via bus power. An old FireLite drive works fine via bus power. If you have devices that demand more, you may be SOL. It is a decent solution but isn't a true FireWire gateway. …
- Written by jef L from Chicago
351 of 378 people found this useful
After buying the 15inch MBP and not being able to hook up my hard drives via firewire I was desperate for this...
Better lat After buying the 15inch MBP and not being able to hook up my hard drives via firewire I was desperate for this...
Better late than never. Thanks Apple …
- Written by william L from el cajon
233 of 313 people found this useful
I purchased a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor for my late 2013 27" iMac. At first it worked, now it doesn't. I'm not positive, but I purchased a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor for my late 2013 27" iMac. At first it worked, now it doesn't. I'm not positive, but it may have stopped working with Mavericks. …
- Written by DARRELL S from North Royalton
Works but VERY sensitive to movement
I use this with my Apogee Duet and it works okay incl. powering the unit. However, it is so sensitive to any movement of the Macbo I use this with my Apogee Duet and it works okay incl. powering the unit. However, it is so sensitive to any movement of the Macbook Pro Retina that it will drop the connection in an instant. Then have to unplug - replug, wait for it to connect again. Apple should recheck the fit if this and adjust the manufacturing design by a fraction to make it sit more snugly. Wish I didn't have to use it... …
- Written by Mike C from Wrexham
FireWire + Thunderbolt + MBP = Frustrated
I bought this adapter/dongle along with my brand new early 2013 15" MBP. I have a OWC bus-powered RAID enclosure.
The dongle i I bought this adapter/dongle along with my brand new early 2013 15" MBP. I have a OWC bus-powered RAID enclosure.
The dongle itself works fine, and it supplies enough bus power to be used.
My problem is, every time I move my laptop, even the slightest bit (say a slight adjustment to the screen), the drive is ejected because I guess there is a momentary disconnect with the dongle. I can't believe Apple would make something so short, stubby and stiff that is supposed to provide a connection to a FireWire device, especially with mobile-based laptops.
Maybe Thunderbolt should utilize a plug design that isn't so susceptible to movement. I never had these problems with USB or FW400/800.
Regardless, it's extremely frustrating, especially when working with data directly on the drive. I find my most recent workflow is to copy the file to the desktop, work on that, and copy it onto the drive when I'm done. This way there's no data corruption and Finder/the Application I'm in doesn't freak out.
Bottom Line: For a Desktop, I'm sure it's wonderful, as you're less likely to move. I cannot recommend it for a mobile device. …
- Written by Matthew C from Philadelphia
3 of 3 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Am I correct in assuming the speed of data transfer will be no better than the normal FireWire speed?
- Asked by Tom K from Kirkwood
- Answered by David H from Portland
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
- Asked by Anouk B from Toronto
Can I successfully hook up a Canopus ADVC110 firewire out to Thunderbolt port on new iMac with this cable?
- Asked by Robert R from Redington Shores
Is there a Thunderbolt splitter? How can I connect an external monitor and use the Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter with only one port on MBA?
- Asked by David M from Raleigh
A few of the 3rd party vendors have announced Thunderbolt breakout boxes:
-two Thunderbolt ports
- A few of the 3rd party vendors have announced Thunderbolt breakout boxes:
-two Thunderbolt ports
-stereo sound output
That's one of configs from Belkin which is supposed to ship in September 2012. …
- Answered by Chris S from San Jose
External Thunderbolt drive to older Firewire Mac adaptor???
- Asked by Tom W from Salt Lake City
You can use this adapter since it's FireWire 800
You could then buy a standard FireWire 800 to 400 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
Will this work with my (very old gen3) ipod?
- Asked by Tiepa T from Te Atatu Peninsula
The 3rd Generation iPod was the first model to feature a dock connector, and had the play/pause, men The 3rd Generation iPod was the first model to feature a dock connector, and had the play/pause, menu, forward, and back buttons in a line above the touch wheel.
You can Identify your iPod Model at Apple Support KB article HT1353
If this is the case, any USB or Firewire 400 to Dock Connector cable should be OK to use, just use a USB one, and plug it directly into your MacBook.
If you have a first or 2nd generation iPod (With a physical wheel, or a touch wheel with buttons arranged around the wheel (but not on the wheel) and with a FireWire port on the top of the unit (no dock connector) you will additionally need a Firewire 400 to Firewire 800 cable. You can plug the FW400 end into the iPod, and the FireWire 800 end will fit into this accessory. You can then use a specialist piece of software to extract the music from your iPod. …
- Answered by Silas P from Elwood