Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

NZ$45.00

3.0 out of 5 stars

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Product Information

  • 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
  • System Requirements

    • OS X v10.7.4 or later
    • Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Having problems with bus powered drives

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Lyndhurst

    616 of 700 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Having problems with bus powered drives
  • Works fine for data, is dicier for bus-powered devices

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Chicago

    455 of 494 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Works fine for data, is dicier for bus-powered devices
  • not enough power

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Kirkcaldy

    218 of 236 people found this useful

    Was this useful? not enough power
  • Flaky

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I shouldn't have to think about a simple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter, but the connection is very shaky. I have a FireWire 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?

    • Written by from San Francisco
    Was this useful? Flaky
  • Works well with a couple of caveats

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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, 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.

    • Written by from Manningtree
    Was this useful? Works well with a couple of caveats
  • Worked with Sandisk card reader.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I ordered this with the replacement iMac thinking I was pretty sure I had one firewire device among this rat nest of cables. Sure 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.

    • Written by from PROSPECT HEIGHTS
    Was this useful? Worked with Sandisk card reader.

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