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
664 of 763 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
487 of 530 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
245 of 265 people found this useful
Definitely fails to meet the requirements.
Presented to offer an additional Firewire 800 port, it completely fails to do what is possible from the only-one built-in Firewire Presented to offer an additional Firewire 800 port, it completely fails to do what is possible from the only-one built-in Firewire port (on my mid-2011 iMac) : this product should be removed from selling - simply and very sorry.
LESS THAN ONE STAR. …
- Written by Francis D from EVRY
Thunderbolt-FW800 adapter keeps ejecting my drive without permission
Bought the adapter a few months ago to use my old LaCie 2big FW800 RAID units with my new Thunderbolt iMac and they keep ejecting Bought the adapter a few months ago to use my old LaCie 2big FW800 RAID units with my new Thunderbolt iMac and they keep ejecting without my authorization popping up a warning to properly eject drive before disconnecting. If I try with just one drive there is no problem however daisy chaining two FW800 dives to the end of a Thunderbolt drive will not work. Tried everything and my 2big drives have no problem with my Mac mini's FW800 port. The adapter is not a well designed product and in my experience will not function as advertised in a stable reliable manner. …
- Written by Peter C from Toronto
Used to digitize DV with Final Cut Pro X over Firewire into a MacBook Pro
I used the Thunderbolt to FW adapter to connect a MacBook Pro to my Sony PD100 (from 2001) and it worked first time. The adapter o I used the Thunderbolt to FW adapter to connect a MacBook Pro to my Sony PD100 (from 2001) and it worked first time. The adapter offers FW 800 female so I used an 800/400 cable into a hard disk then another FW cable out of the disk and into the camera. I even have control of the camera from the MBP. …
- Written by Sebastian D from Féricy
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
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
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
I want to connect a FW 800 Drobo to Thunderbolt 2. Will this work?
- Asked by Laurence H from Ottawa
yes! get the apple tb to fw adapter. it works!
- Answered by William K W from Eugene
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
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
You would need to buy a firewire 800 to 400 adapter to get it to work.
- Answered by Jonathan S from Cincinnati