• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pulls out of iMac

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    The other day, my work came to a halt while trying to transfer some video. I pulled out cables, changed monitors and even replaced the input source. Finally I turned the iMac around- to find that the problem was that the Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter had pulled out and way laying on the desk.

    Of course it is simple enough to insert this back into the computer, but unless you know this is a problem and go to the adapter first, you may have a long process of diagnosing why there is no signal coming into the computer.

    Apparently, even the slight weight of the hanging adapter on the short cord is enough to pull it out of the computer- especially if it is rotated to show something to a client or other worker. If the cord on the adapter were about 6-8 inches, it would permit the end to sit on the desk without any stress on the Thunderbolt plug. But it is not made that way. This has now happened to us about four times in the last six months- everyone using the machine has had this problem.

    My preferred fix would have been to get a 3 foot Thunderbolt male to female extension cable. This would permit the whole adapter to sit flat on the desk with no stress on it. So far I cannot find a Thunderbolt male to female cable. It is one of those, or I have to get out the duct tape and try to tape the adapter to the computer.

    Otherwise, the adapter works flawlessly.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    • Written by from NEWTOWN

    I bought two of these apprehensively due to quite a few bad reviews. I use mine for a presonus firestudio project audio interface and a 1TB firewire 800 G-Drive and they work perfectly.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with PreSonus Firebox soundcard

    • Written by from Helsinki

    Really disappointed since I can't think out any way how to use the soundcard anymore, unless Usb to Firewire works? This adapter will not be of any use.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with a couple of caveats

    • Written by from Manningtree

    I bought this to connect my Presonus Studiolive 16.0.2 desk to my new 15" Macbook Pro. The Presonus only has firewire 400 ports, and as you all know, the MBP doesn't have firewire at all. I had previously used a firewire 400 to 800 converter cable with my old 2011 MBP, and I am still using that to connect to this adapter.

    Initially, I was very disappointed, as I couldn't get my MBP to see the Presonus. However, I tried connecting to an old FW400 external hard disk, and that mounted up without any problems. After a bit of experimentation, I discovered that the order in which my equipment was switched on was critical - contrary to instructions on the Presonus website, I had to switch the Mac on first, followed by the Presonus. Once I'd worked that out, everything started working just fine.

    I contacted the Apple and Presonus help desks about this issue, and neither could understand why it should occur.

    So, in summary - now working well, although I must mention that I don't bus-power any of my equipment, but use external power supplies.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Fine For Me

    • Written by from Burton Upon Trent

    This does exactly what it should. Powers my Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 ok. Perhaps the cable is a little short but it is really well made

    2 of 2 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.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FireWire adaptor for connecting DV camcorder to Mac

    • Written by from London

    This lead is a perfect way to import HDV or mini DV tapes from camcorder - mine is a Sony HDR - HC7 - to Final Cut Pro X or another video editing software on a Mac. Gives full control of the camcorder from the computer interface. Simple to set up and works faultlessly - recommended!

    4 of 5 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.

    7 of 8 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.

    6 of 6 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.

    12 of 13 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! :(

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but VERY sensitive to movement

    • Written by from Wrexham

    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...

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    • Written by from London

    Whilst some of what the least positive reviews say may be true it is working perfectly for me in the following scenario:

    TB/FW adapter -> Firewire 800 hard drive (bus powered) -> MOTU 828MkII audio interface (self powered).

    No issues with the above. No glitches on either end; I'm pleased.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Appalling product!

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Dreadful connection. keeps slipping out! Terrible design without thorough quality testing. Rubbish speed

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

    • Written by from Colwyn Bay

    Why does my Drobo work with USB but not with Firewire??? I bought this adapter so that I could free up a USB and find it does not work. Surely it can't be a power issue when the drive is externally powered?

    Disgusted.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bit pricey but daisy-chain seemed to work

    • Written by from Bristol

    Just hooked up (daisy-chained) three Western Digital My passport Studio drives using this adaptor. Two of the drives are 1TB while the other is 2TB. My first attempt placing the 2TB drive at the end of the chain resulted in unexpected ejection error message. Then I reversed the order placing the 2TB at the start of the chain (assuming the 2TB draws more power than the 1TB drives). It worked fine. For me this proves the concept as it will be rare for me to operate a chain of three portable drives together at the same time.

    One thing to note: the adaptor does seemed to get a bit warm at the thunderbolt end during daisy-chain.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As good as my old iMac

    • Written by from Melbourne

    My Firewire 800 Drobo plugs into this adapter and into my new iMac no problem. The drive works just like it always did, as if my Firewire port had never been taken away. Perfect.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Falls out of port all the time

    • Written by from West Dulwich

    Guys,
    The tip of the thunderbolt connector might be incredibly small, BUT IT DOESN'T STAY IN THE PORT. The amount of times it falls out in the middle of a transfer, popping up an error message about disks not being ejected properly.... GRRRRR. The tiniest movement is enough to disconnect. Connectors should be secure, not prone to being disconnected at the slightest knock. This must be a universal thunderbolt problem, not a problem with this adapter? BAD DESIGN.
    JA

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive

    • Written by from Ware

    Better to put the money towards a drive with FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt connectivity built in. That way all your old stuff will still work, plus you'll have a drive you can use when FireWire is no longer used.

    By the way Apple, as a pro user, FireWire is key to most workflows within the world of stills and video production, so not providing a FireWire connection on the new iMacs speaks volumes of how you now view users such as myself who have supported you through the years.

    53 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very positive first impressions

    • Written by from WEST BYFLEET

    i was wary of buying this based on other reviews but glad I decided to give it a go.
    I am copying large amounts of data between drives and although my laptop has thunderbolt, nothing else I own does....!!
    I have managed to half my data transfer time by using this adapter with a Firewire 800 cable over the Usb 2 connection.
    I agree that the cable length is on the short side but i have not experienced any issues with the cable pulling out of the thunderbold connection.
    The price is high in my opinion but it functions well and does it's job (or at lease with the equipment i am using).
    Wish Apple would release a Usb 3 variant of this then I would have all my appliance covered for much better transfer speeds.
    In short; I would recommend this item.

    13 of 16 people found this useful