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
not enough power
It does adapt the thunderbolt port to make it a firewire port, but it's not as good a Firewire port as you can find on any cheap o It does adapt the thunderbolt port to make it a firewire port, but it's not as good a Firewire port as you can find on any cheap old MBP from years ago. It lacks power, which means that some external drives and devices won't work and there is a limit to how many devices you can daisy chain.
So we need an adaptor and this is the only one, but it's not Apple's finest hour.. …
- Written by Fergus M from Kirkcaldy
280 of 302 people found this useful
1 step forward, 2 steps back!!!!
WARNING! Does not produce enough power to run high capacity mobile drives i.e. the G-Tech G-RAID Mini...
Luckily I tested it i WARNING! Does not produce enough power to run high capacity mobile drives i.e. the G-Tech G-RAID Mini...
Luckily I tested it is advance of playing a gig at the weekend using Serato.
I can't believe that Apple hasn't considered the fact that the majority of creative professionals need high capacity fast mobile storage.
I suppose we now need to wait for 2Tb Thunderbolt enabled SSD drives which by my reckoning will cost more than the MacBook Pro!!!! …
- Written by Chris B from LONDON
221 of 250 people found this useful
Doesn't work with my Motu 8pre the sole reason for purchase. Rubbish
- Written by Gregg B from Hornsey
230 of 274 people found this useful
No good for external HDDs
You may already have read that this adapter doesn't supply enough power to run certain external peripherals, but here's something You may already have read that this adapter doesn't supply enough power to run certain external peripherals, but here's something else to consider: I have a Seagate Freeagent external hard drive, and even though it has a separate power supply, my 2013 27" iMac running Yosemite unmounts the drive on sleep when I connect it using this adapter.
When it's connected via USB2, this problem doesn't happen.
So, this is pretty useless for connecting your FireWire Time Machine drive, or any drive you want to keep mounted permanently. …
- Written by Alexander K from York
1 of 1 people found this useful
Thunderbolt disconnects with movement
I use 2 of these on different macs to connect drives to the the macs.
On a new 5K iMac if you tilt the screen the thunderbolt d I use 2 of these on different macs to connect drives to the the macs.
On a new 5K iMac if you tilt the screen the thunderbolt disconnects and alerts appear telling you drives have been disconnected.
On a 2014 15" retina Macbook Pro exactly the same happens if you move the laptop.
When using an external thunderbolt drive on another 2014 15" retina MacBook Pro the standard thunderbolt will disconnect if moved.
Thunderbolt is useless Apple, you need to redesign to give a more robust connection. …
- Written by Mark B from PETWORTH
2 of 2 people found this useful
Pulls out of iMac
The other day, my work came to a halt while trying to transfer some video. I pulled out cables, changed monitors and even replace 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. …
- Written by V.S. R from BROOKLYN
4 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Im using it to connect my exteral hardrive, but it wont work. Is it the adapter?
- Asked by Nancy N from Soldotna
Hi Nancy. This adapter has a 50/50 success rate correctly powering Bus Powered Firewire drives. Your Hi Nancy. This adapter has a 50/50 success rate correctly powering Bus Powered Firewire drives. Your drives are probably perfectly fine. It's most likely the adapter causing the issue. If your bus powered external portal drive has a power source, try finding a power adapter to power it and then connect it via this adapter to see if your results change. I have more Firewire Drives than I do Thunderbolt drives so this adapter is something I keep in my back pocket at all times. Hope this helps. …
- Answered by Ellsworth R from North Hollywood
Yes. You will need this thunderbolt to FW 800 adapter and a FW 800 to 400 adapter.
- Answered by Peggy D from Kent
is there any way or adapter to connect an early 2012 Mac Mini thru "Thunderbolt" port to a modern thunderbolt as on a Dobro
- Asked by Bruce S from Norman
will this work with Thunderbolt 2
- Asked by John P from Turramurra
- Answered by Peggy D from Kent
Can I download from my old digital camera onto my mac book pro retina 13 which uses firewire. Don't really understand what Thunderbolt to Firewire is
- Asked by Elizabeth P from Newquay
The thunderbolt to FireWire adapter is exactly that, an adapter that allows you to connect older Fi The thunderbolt to FireWire adapter is exactly that, an adapter that allows you to connect older FireWire drives and devices to a Mac which only has thunderbolt ports... If your MBP has FireWire on it, then you don't need this adapter. Although make sure your camera is 'FireWire 800' and not 'FireWire 400' as these use slightly different connectors. …
- Answered by Steve C
Can this be used to connect a Firepod audio interface to my iMac?
- Asked by Keith M
You will need a firewire 800 to 400 adapter. I have the same solutuion for my firewire audio interfa You will need a firewire 800 to 400 adapter. I have the same solutuion for my firewire audio interface …
- Answered by Frederick P from Temple Hills