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
592 of 673 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
442 of 479 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
290 of 381 people found this useful
This does indeed work with PC
Wanted to confirm for PC users that have a thunderbolt port this does work. I have a Presonus Firestudio Mobile running on my Asus Wanted to confirm for PC users that have a thunderbolt port this does work. I have a Presonus Firestudio Mobile running on my Asus G75vx laptop. I was discouraged at first after buying the Apple thunderbolt to firewire adapter. My PC recognized the Apple adapter with no issue as a 1394 controller in device manager, but my Firestudio could not be recognized when connected. My Firestudio is a firewire 400 device. I bought a Rocketfish firewire 9 pin cable that came with a 6 pin adapter. This supplied power to my interface, but my PC didn't recognize the device. I spent many hours on the internet to solve the problem and finally decided to try a new firewire cable. I bought a 9 pin to 6 pin CABLE that didn't need an adapter and presto the device connected beautifully and was recognized by my Presonus Universal Control.
PC users there is still hope for your firewire 400 devices! Be sure and get a proper cable that is 6 pin to 9 pin and don't waste your money on the silly adapters. (at least not the Rocketfish one).
I picked up the cable at Radio Shack for $8.00 …
- Written by Rick K from Fruita
horribly slow !!!
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 inste 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... …
- Written by Mark Q from San Diego
2 of 2 people found this useful
Horrible connection... super SLOW!!!
Trying to use this adapter for my Motu Ultralite mk3 audio interface, the slightest movement of the cable and the interface ejects 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. …
- Written by Tyler S from Julian
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What do I need to connect my Canon Vixia HV30 camera to thunderbolt on an iMac?
- Asked by Thomas W from Anchorage
- Jul 20, 2014
Is Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter compatible with Windows 7 professional ?
- Asked by Marco G from Lecco
- Jul 11, 2014
Can I use adapter from iMac with Thunderbolt to an external ac powered Firewire hard drive?
- Asked by John D from Hillsboro
- Feb 18, 2014
Yes, that is the intention of this adapter.
- Answered by Kevin W from San Antonio
- Mar 27, 2014
I seen your post and tried it out because I was curious as well about this. I have a maxed out 2011 I seen your post and tried it out because I was curious as well about this. I have a maxed out 2011 iMac with a Digi003 Factory Console. I switched from my native Firewire port and used the adapter to go thunderbolt. I launched a Pro Tools session and received a "hardware buffer underflow" error message every time i tried to playback and no matter how high I set the playback engine buffer sample it still occurred. I switched back to my native port and problem solved, everything was back to normal. I hope this helps. …
- Answered by Dominick C from Simpsonville
- Apr 16, 2014