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
681 of 786 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
495 of 540 people found this useful
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
257 of 277 people found this useful
Buy if you need Firewire connection BUT...
Buy if you need Firewire connection but be aware in MacBook pro with thunderbolt ports you won't get the power needed for your dev Buy if you need Firewire connection but be aware in MacBook pro with thunderbolt ports you won't get the power needed for your device so forget about mobility. You'll be forced to use power supply for your device since your brand new computer can't provide yet with the power needed via thunderbolt.
Doesn't work as expected so a big (7W) disclaimer in the packaging would be appreciated. …
- Written by Santiago A from Madrid
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
Can't get it to work with Apogee Duet Firewire
Despite claims to the contrary on the Apogee web site, I can't get the Apogee Duet (Firewire) device to be recognized on my iMac, Despite claims to the contrary on the Apogee web site, I can't get the Apogee Duet (Firewire) device to be recognized on my iMac, despite spending more than 5 hours pursuing every potential solution discussed on the web.
If using a legacy Apogee Duet is the primary reason for your purchasing the Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter for a new(er) Mac, then buyer beware. …
- Written by Ross F from Toronto
5 of 5 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
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
- Oct 28, 2014
Wondering why my Firewire cables don't fit into the Firewire end of the Adapter. Is there more than 1 kind of Firewire cable?
- Asked by Alan B from New York
- Dec 5, 2014
The Firewire 400 plug has an almost rounded top; the other end being square corners. The Firewire 80 The Firewire 400 plug has an almost rounded top; the other end being square corners. The Firewire 800 plug is rectangular with square corners all around.
The 800 is also called a 9-pin, and the 400 (the big on on the back of your computer) is called a 6-pin.
There is also a mini plug that often goes with small video cameras, which is a 4-pin. I don't know if the 4-pins can be two speeds, or not. …
- Answered by Bob F from Santa Barbara
- Dec 11, 2014
Does this Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter connect to my Digidesign Digi 03 console which uses (male) firewire 1394-800
- Asked by Melchi J from Rochester
- Nov 10, 2014
Does the most recent Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter also work with FireWire 400? Need it for mini DV camcorders.
- Asked by Rosemary C from Clifton Park
- Nov 4, 2014
You would need to buy a firewire 800 to 400 adapter to get it to work.
- Answered by Jonathan S from Cincinnati
- Dec 17, 2014