• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Take care - not the same FireWire fitting as older iMacs!

    • Written by from Weybridge

    Like all Apple cables this is very expensive and short but stylish and well made.

    I bought it to use on my new iMac which has Thunderbolt only outlets so that I could still content FireWire devices that I used with my FireWire equipped 2009 iMac.

    However, the old iMacs have FireWire 400 outlets and this cable is the differently shaped 800 FireWire. So, a further cable or adapter is needed to connect to the device. A shame that Apple don't include this option.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, looks great!

    • Written by from Wentzville

    I purchased the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter to use with my mid-2013 MacBook Air in order to import miniDV tapes with a camcorder with a 4-conductor FireWire port. This adapter works just fine, no problems whatsoever. It is also very small, portable, and it looks a thousand times better than any other adapter on the market. I am very satisfied with this product.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Confirmed - Will Connect Only to TB on Computer

    • Written by from BELOEIL

    This adapter works only one direction. If you want to connect the Thunderbolt end to a hard drive and the 800 FireWire to another computer - IT WILL NOT WORK! Not Designed for this.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't support target drive

    • Written by from Brockham

    I bought this solely to migrate from my old Mac Pro to my new one. all it does is crash the new system when I boot up the old one in Target Drive Mode.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Connection, could potentially damage your external hardware

    • Written by from Bookham

    I bought this adaptor solely for use with my Macbook Pro 15" Retina mid 2012 and a Focusright Saffire Pro 40 sound interface. When it connects it works perfectly, however the connection is easily broken by any slight movement of the laptop - completely negating the point of the adaptor. Not only is this incredibly frustrating for creatives (imagine recording musicians mid session and this happens!!!!!!!) but potentially damaging for the hardware. I can only imagine the anger of people who's hard drives have been damaged due to this badly designed adapter.

    I should also note that my laptop was stolen mid 2013 and I replaced it with the newer model macbook pro 15" with retina - the ports are exactly the same and the same problem with the apple thunderbolt to firewire adapter continues to occur. I have a third party svga to thunderbolt adapter and funnily enough it's build quality is far superior, never comes out the port. Avoid this adapter at all costs if possible.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable. Ejects external drive constantly.

    • Written by from elwood

    Constantly ejects my hard drive. The design of the adapter with its very short semi-flexible cord significantly exacerbates any movement at both interfaces, and the firewire input does not provide a secure connection befitting professional devices. A longer, more flexible cable and a better quality firewire input would go some way toward addressing these problems.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works...for now

    • Written by from Langley

    I struggled with using my FW portable drives on the new MacBook Pro. It was uneven, then stopped completely in the first week. Apple Store replaced the adapter and it's currently working on all my drives. Though the OWC Mercury RAID now needs external power, which it never did before--I can live with that as long as it works. I'm hoping I just had a bad adapter and now all is well. Fingers crossed.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works

    • Written by from Seattle

    Late 2013 27" i7 iMac. The adapter does what it says. I'm running a 6 enclosure, 11 drive FW chain no problem. A bus powered drive works fine, but I'm plugging it in at the end of the chain, so it's drawing power from the other drives, not the iMac. The adapter does get warm when doing large transfers, not too hot, but still.

    It would nicer if iMac still had a native FW port, but I doubt Apple will ever add that back on.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pants!!

    • Written by from Whitstable

    I'm very happy for the people (who seem to amount to less than half) who's adapters work fine but I've not been so lucky. Who would have thought luck would ever be a factor in an Apple product working or not? I use mine to connect my latest (as of end 2013) Retina Macbook to a MOTU 828 mkiii and I have to keep everything absolute still for it to stay connected, which kind of defeats the point of a laptop right? This results in me being in a constant state of terror while simultaneously mixing and performing live music (as if that isn't stressful enough as it is) and transferring data to and from my firewire drives. It doesn't fall out completely but it may as well 'cause the effect is the same. Thunderbolt end feels very loose when plugged in.
    I've always saved for longer to buy Apple 'cause, in the past at least, you feel safe in the knowledge that everything will work brilliantly. So I can't help feeling utterly betrayed after my life-long loyalty to the brand. What are you gonna do about this, Apple????? I would very much appreciate an answer and/or a replacement while I've still got hair please!
    Gutted! :(

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    does. not. work.

    • Written by from Washington

    It would probably be a good idea when you invent new connections to have them actually work. I was trying to use FW800/Thunderbolt to connect my external drive to my NEW "fabulous" Mac Pro. Bull hockey.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Powers canopus advc110 & Works flawlessly!

    • Written by from Bismarck

    I am using a Mid 2012 Macbook Pro Retina and the canopus advc110 to transfer VHS footage. The firewire cable sits in the thunderbolt adapter tightly without any movement and so does the thunderbolt connection in my macbook. I even tried to wiggle the connection and I had no problems. I give this 5 stars and recommend it to anyone!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works for me

    • Written by from PEORIA

    I have a Panasonic Camcorder thats a few years old that uses a 4-oin fire wire to transfer video from the DV Tape to the Computer. I purchased a 4-pin to 9-pin Fire Wire cable, used this adapter with my 13" Retina and it not only saw my camera but transferred the video flawlessly. Pleasantly surprised.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Freezes entire computer

    • Written by from West Hartford

    I just purchased this adaptor so I could use my LaCie 4Big Quadra with my new iMac 27". At first it appeared to work fine and then I started to edit some files on the drive which resulted in my computer freezing, something I haven't seen in a long time. I held the power button down to restart (my only option) and tried again, same result. So now my $1200 drive is reduced to USB 2, thank you Apple.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Damaging my hard drives?

    • Written by from Madison

    This doesn’t work with either of my external AC-powered FireWire drives (3TB G-Drive and Century HDD box). The drives mount but soon after initiating a data transfer the drives freeze and go bonkers with horrible clicking noises. All drives are healthy, though, and work flawlessly with dedicated FireWire ports on our older Macs.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bring back Firewire ports

    • Written by from Woodinville

    I just got a new iMac which didn't work with two of the USB audio interfaces that work fine with my other iMac. I don't want to believe that a new tricked out iMac is defective right out of the box, so so I bought a nice Firewire interface and two adapters to get from Firewire to Thunderbolt. Now I have three audio interfaces that all work intermittently. It is too bad that Apple is so far ahead of the market for peripherals (try finding a Thunderbolt, or even newer style Firewire audio Interface) that I now have to go buy another USB interface and look at a bunch of useless Thunderbolt ports on a new iMac. Maybe it is the Mac, but it sure might be data issues though the two converters I need to connect a normal audio interface to the new iMac.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from North Royalton

    I purchased a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor for my late 2013 27" iMac. At first it worked, now it doesn't. I'm not positive, but it may have stopped working with Mavericks.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but VERY sensitive to movement

    • Written by from Wrexham

    I use this with my Apogee Duet and it works okay incl. powering the unit. However, it is so sensitive to any movement of the Macbook Pro Retina that it will drop the connection in an instant. Then have to unplug - replug, wait for it to connect again. Apple should recheck the fit if this and adjust the manufacturing design by a fraction to make it sit more snugly. Wish I didn't have to use it...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    FireWire + Thunderbolt + MBP = Frustrated

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I bought this adapter/dongle along with my brand new early 2013 15" MBP. I have a OWC bus-powered RAID enclosure.

    The dongle itself works fine, and it supplies enough bus power to be used.

    My problem is, every time I move my laptop, even the slightest bit (say a slight adjustment to the screen), the drive is ejected because I guess there is a momentary disconnect with the dongle. I can't believe Apple would make something so short, stubby and stiff that is supposed to provide a connection to a FireWire device, especially with mobile-based laptops.

    Maybe Thunderbolt should utilize a plug design that isn't so susceptible to movement. I never had these problems with USB or FW400/800.

    Regardless, it's extremely frustrating, especially when working with data directly on the drive. I find my most recent workflow is to copy the file to the desktop, work on that, and copy it onto the drive when I'm done. This way there's no data corruption and Finder/the Application I'm in doesn't freak out.

    Bottom Line: For a Desktop, I'm sure it's wonderful, as you're less likely to move. I cannot recommend it for a mobile device.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    • Written by from London

    Whilst some of what the least positive reviews say may be true it is working perfectly for me in the following scenario:

    TB/FW adapter -> Firewire 800 hard drive (bus powered) -> MOTU 828MkII audio interface (self powered).

    No issues with the above. No glitches on either end; I'm pleased.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    I'm not sure under what circumstance this would work, but I bought a Western Digital external hard drive (AC-powered) and planned to use this adapter to connect to a Mac Pro... No luck.

    6 of 8 people found this useful