• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great... When it works

    • Written by from West Chester

    Ive had the adaptor for three days. I bought it to use my old Lacie Rugged 800/400 USB drive with my rMBP. The drive works fine through my thunderbolt display so I know the adapter is the problem. The computer recognizes the drive half the time. It always spins up, I can hear the drive making noise. I usually either have to restart the computer for it to recognize the drive. It does not work if I simply unplug and replug the drive again. Very disappointing. I wouldn't recommend it overall with its unreliability. When it works though, it is very speedy in copying files to the drive.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Unthinking Design by Apple?

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    As far as I can tell, Apple makes this adapter only in a thunderbolt/male to firewire/female version. So when you use this with your shiny new thunderbolt-enabled device, such as a MacBook Pro, the rather unsightly dongle hangs off the side of the computer. Would be nice if they made an adapter with the opposite configuration that attached to the old firewire peripheral device you wanted to run. I understand that this way you don't have to buy the extra (somewhat costly) thunderbolt cable, but still it seems like an oversight from a company that is usually ultra-sensitive to design details.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Take care - not the same FireWire fitting as older iMacs!

    • Written by from Weybridge

    Like all Apple cables this is very expensive and short but stylish and well made.

    I bought it to use on my new iMac which has Thunderbolt only outlets so that I could still content FireWire devices that I used with my FireWire equipped 2009 iMac.

    However, the old iMacs have FireWire 400 outlets and this cable is the differently shaped 800 FireWire. So, a further cable or adapter is needed to connect to the device. A shame that Apple don't include this option.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Update your firmware drivers of your harddisk

    • Written by from Breitenbach

    Update your firmware drivers of your harddisk before wasting time with connection problems.
    Many drives are NOT Mountain Lion compatible with the driver instaled on purchase date.

    It worked for me and my 1 year old WD drive.

    Only 3 stars because I hate cable solutions.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works, but...

    • Written by from Stuttgart

    Works fine with digi 002 and focusrite saffire 24 audio interfaces.
    BUT (and thats why only 3 stars):

    Because thunderbolt only delivers 7w thru the FW adapter many bus powered FW-devices need an ac-adapter.

    Not all FW800 to FW400 adapters are working with the thunderbolt adapter. Some of my adapters let go power through the cable but the interfaces for example are not recognized. Sonnet FW800 to 400 is working fine with apples thunderbolt to fw

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No thunderbolt port next to the firewire?

    • Written by from New York

    It does what it's supposed to, but I don't understand why it doesn't have another thunderbolt port on the the firewire end, I can't connect two displays and still use firewire, unless I use the HDMI, but than I need another adapter. I thought one of the strong points of thunderbolt is the ability to daisy chain.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Firewire drives way slower through adapter

    • Written by from Austin

    It works fine, but if you are currently using a Firewire drive with your non-retina macbook, be aware that using the adapter (required for retina macbook pro) makes the drive much slower, at least for large writes.

    I copied a 32GB file to my WD MyPassport Studio external firewire drive at it took ~30min when copied from a Macbook Retina Pro 15" SSD (via adapter), compared to ~10min when copied from a early-2011 Macbook Pro 15" SSD (which has a much slower internal drive).

    55 of 56 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not replace your FW800 port, gets very hot, $30!

    • Written by from Mescalero

    I use my MBPr for audio recording and use two portable FW drives that are connected through a Belkin Firewire Hub. Works perfectly on my MBP from 2008, but can only power one drive using this very expensive adapter.

    I'm extremely disappointed that this adapter doesn't work like a FW800 port. I could save the $30 and invested in some USB 3.0 drives and been done with it. I held out waiting for this adapter thinking it would give me the same functionality as my FW800 port on my old MBP.

    One person mentioned that it didn't work with their iOmega eGo, but it worked for me on my eGo drive.

    The adapter does get very hot when in use. I have used it connected to a bus-powered drive and a dc powered drive on two separate occasions and both times the adapter was very hot. Not sure if this will be an issue with longevity of the adapter.

    Also be careful with this adapter, because if it is anything like there video adapters the wires inside will come loose if it gets moved around (bends) too much. I wrap a twisty tie around it so it barely bends. I also support the adapter so it doesn't hang and put pressure on the port.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for data, is dicier for bus-powered devices

    • Written by from Chicago

    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.

    452 of 490 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    FInally!!

    • Written by from MANHATTAN

    With a Retina, its been a pain trying to work with just the USB ports.

    Apple talked about this adapter 2 months ago), finally they have released & I can use my FW800 drives again & hook up to my MP.

    Works great only 3 stars as Apple took so long to come out with it.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea, wished it worked for me

    • Written by from Seal Beach

    Finally something I can use my thunderbolt port for on my macbook air, BUT, I can only use it on a memory card reader because it doesn't supply enough power for my Lacie rugged hard drives. I have to keep using slowSB (USB). I thought this would make life easier for my macbook air, but unfortunately this supposedly amazing thunderbolt port continues to be quite useless for me.

    34 of 36 people found this useful