• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horribly slow !!!

    • Written by from San Diego

    I connected this to my new Mac Pro to backup to a firewire disk drive. It was horribly slow (I mean backing up at kilobytes instead of Megabytes or even Gigabytes !) -- i.e.: 10 GB in 1 hour !

    After about 1 hour, I stopped the backup and hooked up a USB cable to the drive...it worked much faster. In about 5 minutes I had 10 GB again...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible connection... super SLOW!!!

    • Written by from Julian

    Trying to use this adapter for my Motu Ultralite mk3 audio interface, the slightest movement of the cable and the interface ejects which causes all sort sod havoc in my software. Connection feels very flimsy and as if it will just fall right out (which it has a few times).

    Also trying to use this adapter for all my external drives, drives disconnect all the time!! It so annoying especially when in the middle of a transfer. It's also useless for transferring any large file like audio or video, takes forever!! USB is faster by long shot.

    I own two of these adapters plus a thunderbolt to ethernet one. Each one cost me $35 bucks! All of them are useless! Why do I have to pay an extra $105 dollars on top of the $3200 for the MBP just to use all of my peripherals?? And still have it not work?? Some of the the worst products I've seen from Apple in recent years. Shame, I'm rapidly losing confidence and Apple is rapidly losing my loyalty. FED UP! Apple should refund everyone who has purchased these useless adapters.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A dog whistle will give you better results

    • Written by from New Haven

    This is very troubling. I have a thunderbolt drive with all my data. It worked great on an iMac w/ thunderbolt, but when traveling with powerbook, the adapter SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK! It doesn't recognize the drive at all. Makes my HD simply a paperweight! As the owner of multiple Macs, this is very frustrating. Starting to re-think this whole Mac thing.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why so slow?

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Why is this so slow????? It took 5 minutes on my aging Mac Pro (2006) via FW to copy some audio files and when I USE THE tb to FW connector between the drive to a nMP its taking 2 hours??? Huh?

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Digital Video Firewire

    • Written by from Apple Valley

    Simply does NOT work. Sony 8mm camcorder firewire to mac, inop. Canopus ADVC-100, inop. No source for firewire to thunderbolt works. No way to input older video to work with it without going through a 2006 MacBook Pro and capturing to an external drive. Can't up grade the MacBook Pro because I loose a connection to the devices. Apple needs to let firewire do its job. I keep my cars for 10 years, I expect my computers to do the same. Sorry Apple but I'm a cheap "bushtard" that way :)

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SLOW!

    • Written by from Merthyr Tydfil

    Crushingly slow at transferring data and the thunderbolt plug keeps falling out of the imac. I've gone back to USB to use Time Machine.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work... Crashes my iMac few times a day

    • Written by from Frisco

    I am very disappointed. I have an older LaCie Rugged with FireWire (both 800 and 400) and USB 2.0 ports. All my photos are on LaCie. When I am exporting files from Lightroom, iMac shuts down randomly. Also, about half the time, my iMac will not wake from sleep mode and I have to hard boot. I have tried to figure out what is long for a little over a months now. There is nothing wrong with memory, OS, software, anything I could think of. I even had Apple Store Genius look at my iMac and found nothing wrong. I used my MacBookPro and have no issues (connected to USB port). However, when I switched my LaCie to from Thunderbolt+Adapter to USB port on iMac, the problem went away totally. I have connected my new LaCie Mini to Thunderbolt without this adapter and I have not had issues so far...
    Conclusion: The Adapter must be the cause for my problems. The end.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loose connection to rmbp 15

    • Written by from Quezon city

    flaky connection to rmbp 15" thunderbolt port. the adapter is too loose on the port so connection is on and off. bad product

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Confirmed - Will Connect Only to TB on Computer

    • Written by from BELOEIL

    This adapter works only one direction. If you want to connect the Thunderbolt end to a hard drive and the 800 FireWire to another computer - IT WILL NOT WORK! Not Designed for this.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't support target drive

    • Written by from Brockham

    I bought this solely to migrate from my old Mac Pro to my new one. all it does is crash the new system when I boot up the old one in Target Drive Mode.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Connection, could potentially damage your external hardware

    • Written by from Bookham

    I bought this adaptor solely for use with my Macbook Pro 15" Retina mid 2012 and a Focusright Saffire Pro 40 sound interface. When it connects it works perfectly, however the connection is easily broken by any slight movement of the laptop - completely negating the point of the adaptor. Not only is this incredibly frustrating for creatives (imagine recording musicians mid session and this happens!!!!!!!) but potentially damaging for the hardware. I can only imagine the anger of people who's hard drives have been damaged due to this badly designed adapter.

    I should also note that my laptop was stolen mid 2013 and I replaced it with the newer model macbook pro 15" with retina - the ports are exactly the same and the same problem with the apple thunderbolt to firewire adapter continues to occur. I have a third party svga to thunderbolt adapter and funnily enough it's build quality is far superior, never comes out the port. Avoid this adapter at all costs if possible.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable. Ejects external drive constantly.

    • Written by 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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pants!!

    • Written by from Whitstable

    I'm very happy for the people (who seem to amount to less than half) who's adapters work fine but I've not been so lucky. Who would have thought luck would ever be a factor in an Apple product working or not? I use mine to connect my latest (as of end 2013) Retina Macbook to a MOTU 828 mkiii and I have to keep everything absolute still for it to stay connected, which kind of defeats the point of a laptop right? This results in me being in a constant state of terror while simultaneously mixing and performing live music (as if that isn't stressful enough as it is) and transferring data to and from my firewire drives. It doesn't fall out completely but it may as well 'cause the effect is the same. Thunderbolt end feels very loose when plugged in.
    I've always saved for longer to buy Apple 'cause, in the past at least, you feel safe in the knowledge that everything will work brilliantly. So I can't help feeling utterly betrayed after my life-long loyalty to the brand. What are you gonna do about this, Apple????? I would very much appreciate an answer and/or a replacement while I've still got hair please!
    Gutted! :(

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    does. not. work.

    • Written by from Washington

    It would probably be a good idea when you invent new connections to have them actually work. I was trying to use FW800/Thunderbolt to connect my external drive to my NEW "fabulous" Mac Pro. Bull hockey.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Freezes entire computer

    • Written by from West Hartford

    I just purchased this adaptor so I could use my LaCie 4Big Quadra with my new iMac 27". At first it appeared to work fine and then I started to edit some files on the drive which resulted in my computer freezing, something I haven't seen in a long time. I held the power button down to restart (my only option) and tried again, same result. So now my $1200 drive is reduced to USB 2, thank you Apple.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Damaging my hard drives?

    • Written by from Madison

    This doesn’t work with either of my external AC-powered FireWire drives (3TB G-Drive and Century HDD box). The drives mount but soon after initiating a data transfer the drives freeze and go bonkers with horrible clicking noises. All drives are healthy, though, and work flawlessly with dedicated FireWire ports on our older Macs.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bring back Firewire ports

    • Written by from Woodinville

    I just got a new iMac which didn't work with two of the USB audio interfaces that work fine with my other iMac. I don't want to believe that a new tricked out iMac is defective right out of the box, so so I bought a nice Firewire interface and two adapters to get from Firewire to Thunderbolt. Now I have three audio interfaces that all work intermittently. It is too bad that Apple is so far ahead of the market for peripherals (try finding a Thunderbolt, or even newer style Firewire audio Interface) that I now have to go buy another USB interface and look at a bunch of useless Thunderbolt ports on a new iMac. Maybe it is the Mac, but it sure might be data issues though the two converters I need to connect a normal audio interface to the new iMac.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from North Royalton

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    FireWire + Thunderbolt + MBP = Frustrated

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    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.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    I'm not sure under what circumstance this would work, but I bought a Western Digital external hard drive (AC-powered) and planned to use this adapter to connect to a Mac Pro... No luck.

    8 of 10 people found this useful