• 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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flaky

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I shouldn't have to think about a simple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter, but the connection is very shaky. I have a FireWire 800 cable that has been connecting my external drives to an older iMac for over two years. No problems. It just lay there and did its job. Then I got a new iMac with Thunderbolt. Now, no matter how much I adjust the connections of the FireWire cable to the adapter, or the adapter to the iMac, or the FireWire cable to the external drives, the drives regularly drop off of my Desktop, just disappear with an error message. Then I have to play with the connections before the drives appear again. Time machine backups frequently fail, due to the backup external drive disappearing. Where is the problem, Apple?

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked with Sandisk card reader.

    • Written by from PROSPECT HEIGHTS

    I ordered this with the replacement iMac thinking I was pretty sure I had one firewire device among this rat nest of cables. Sure enough it was my Sandisk cf card reader which has been 5 stars for many, many years. I live chatted with Sandisk and they had not tested the reader with the adaptor. I thought I would give it a try. It works!
    This saved me the aggravation of trying to find another card reader that has been this reliable. Yeah I know card readers can be had for less many than this adapter and USB3 may be faster. I just didn't want to give up on a reader that has been this reliable and well made.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It sort of works

    • Written by from ojai

    I have 9 external drives 7200 rpm that I use for a Ki Pro recorder. They are twice as fast on my old Mac Pro (late 2009) over Firewire than on my new Mac Pro (late 2013) with this adapter over Thunderbolt. Black Magic Speed Test comes out with about 50 mb/s average. Odd right? And it's choppy when you transfer. Also my system will not recognize 1 of the 9 drives I have at all. Lastly, if I have two of the drives hooked up to two of the connectors and into separate Thunderbolts, the system will only transfer files on one drive at a time and says "preparing to transfer" on the second drive until the first drive finishes. Really odd.

  • 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.

  • 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

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This does indeed work with PC

    • Written by from Fruita

    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

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horribly slow !!!

    • Written by from San Diego

    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...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible connection... super SLOW!!!

    • Written by from Julian

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter

    • Written by from Watertown

    This adapter worked very well. I just bought a new Mac Book Pro and wanted to port over from my four-year old model. I had an external iomega FireWire hard drive. I backed up the old computer with Time Machine. Opened up the new computer plugged in the adapter with the hard drive attached and followed the instructions and in an hour and a half or so I had my new computer up and running. I would highly recommend this adapter. Works as advertised.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Success, YAY! June 2014

    • Written by from Roanoke

    Using this cable, in combination with Belkin FW800[female]->FW400[male] cable available here at the Apple Store online, I was able to Migrate from an old (~2005) iMac to a new MBA (2014) by holding down the "T" key at startup of the old iMac to put it in Target mode *AND* make a full backup using that same cable combination and SuperDuper to a LaCie Porsche powered external hard drive (2006).

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A dog whistle will give you better results

    • Written by from New Haven

    This is very troubling. I have a thunderbolt drive with all my data. It worked great on an iMac w/ thunderbolt, but when traveling with powerbook, the adapter SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK! It doesn't recognize the drive at all. Makes my HD simply a paperweight! As the owner of multiple Macs, this is very frustrating. Starting to re-think this whole Mac thing.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why so slow?

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Why is this so slow????? It took 5 minutes on my aging Mac Pro (2006) via FW to copy some audio files and when I USE THE tb to FW connector between the drive to a nMP its taking 2 hours??? Huh?

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    does not send power through it

    • Written by from Tempe

    Will only transfer data if the external hard drive is connected to a power source. Unlike the FW800 that powers the external HD.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Digital Video Firewire

    • Written by from Apple Valley

    Simply does NOT work. Sony 8mm camcorder firewire to mac, inop. Canopus ADVC-100, inop. No source for firewire to thunderbolt works. No way to input older video to work with it without going through a 2006 MacBook Pro and capturing to an external drive. Can't up grade the MacBook Pro because I loose a connection to the devices. Apple needs to let firewire do its job. I keep my cars for 10 years, I expect my computers to do the same. Sorry Apple but I'm a cheap "bushtard" that way :)

    4 of 4 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.

    4 of 5 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!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with bus-powered RAID from OWC (Mercury Elite Pro)

    • Written by from Palm Beach

    This adapter works with the OWC Mercury Elite Pro RAID drive (2 disks) and does not need extra power on a Late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro.