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
736 of 852 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
521 of 568 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
286 of 308 people found this useful
BUS power direction
Finally received one and discovered a very interesting BUS power direction. TB --> FW800 device = ok. However, FW800 --> TB dev Finally received one and discovered a very interesting BUS power direction. TB --> FW800 device = ok. However, FW800 --> TB device = n/a (no power!) Even with TB AC power hub!?!
ie TB port (ie MBP, iMac, MacPro) --> FW800 (ie external drive with BUS power, digital backs etc) will work vs FW800 port (ie old MBP) --> TB device (ie external drive) will NOT work.
Hope that helps... …
- Written by Richard H from hunters hill
Works perfectly and DOES power my PreSonus Firestudio Mobile. I would just like to see this as a cable instead of an adapter.
- Written by Ryan O from Grand Island
1 of 1 people found this useful
I have several FW/USB 500MB backup drives using laptop HDs, Due to what I believe is a possible software change of unknown origin I have several FW/USB 500MB backup drives using laptop HDs, Due to what I believe is a possible software change of unknown origin, the drives could be accessed from the desktop but were no longer bootable with USB. With a recent purchase of a 5K iMac, I also couldn't use FW. This adapter works perfectly with the drives, and allows them to boot. I don't believe I can identify them, per Apple rules. However, at least some bus-powered drives will work.
In any event, this adapter is a 5-star winner for me. …
- Written by Jay R from Tallahassee
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
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
I have a sony handicam dcr-trv460 ntsc. I would like to transfer tapes to my new macbook air. what cable do i need? ilink on handicam to thunderbolt.
- Asked by Keith B from Maryville
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