Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
63 Questions from the Community
I use it with mine, so yes you can. Be wary of the bad connection with the adaptor though, it falls out with the slightest movement.
- Answered by Ashley E
- 02 24, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I use this cable with my sapphire pro40)
Can I use this device to download data from an old digital camera with a FireWire port to a new PC laptop with a thunderbolt port?
I have an old CANON GL2 digital video camera which has a Firewire port used to down load video. I have a new PC laptop computer that came with a thunderbolt port but no firewire port so I now have no way to download my videos to my computer for editing. Can I download video from the camera to the new PC laptop using the Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter?
Thank you very much.Best Answer:
The thunderbolt adapter is for FireWire 800.
If you have FireWire 400 (the original), then you might be able to use the Belkin FireWire 800/400 9-Pin/6-Pin Cable (2 m/6.6 ft.) which is available from Apple.
- Answered by Donald H from Fayetteville
- 12 31, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I use this device to download data from an old digital camera with a FireWire port to a new PC laptop with a thunderbolt port?)
No, this is not possible.
- Answered by Florian D
- 01 16, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I go from a firewire port to a thunderbolt device using this product?)
Can this adapter be used to transfer my files from a Late 2009 IMac to a brand new fusion IMac. I have a firewire 800 cable.
I am getting a new IMac 27" with fusion drive. I would like to transfer my files from my Late 2009 27" iMac. Can I use the firewire to thunderbolt adapter for this purpose?
- Asked by Jose O from Coral Gables
- 12 5, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this adapter be used to transfer my files from a Late 2009 IMac to a brand new fusion IMac. I have a firewire 800 cable.)
Can i use this cable with migration assistant?
- Asked by Jonathan C from Mount Pleasant
- 11 7, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can i use this cable with migration assistant?)
thunderbolt to firewire400 adapter?
Hi, I've got a TimeMachine with FW400 connection and want to buy a new MacBook Pro that only has Thunderbolt. I've searched for a Thunderbolt to FW400 adapter, but only find one that says it's for Thunderbolt to FW800. Is there an adapter for TB to FW400? Or am I going to have to daisy chain (FW400 to FW800, then FW800 to Thunderbolt)? Thanks!
- Asked by Stacey K from West Bloomfield
- 08 4, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (thunderbolt to firewire400 adapter?)
There are also cables that have FW 400 on one end and FW 800 on the other. I find the cable solution a little more elegant and it's not another adapter to lose.
- Answered by Jef L from Chicago
- 08 8, 12
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"firewire to thunderbolt" adapter?
So how do I connect a Thunderbolt drive to a Firewire port?
- Asked by Edmund B F from Houston
- 01 14, 14
- Flag as inappropriate ("firewire to thunderbolt" adapter?)
Will this allow users to start a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac in "Target Disk Mode" and access it via a FireWire-only Mac? (And vice-versa)
I know that Thunderbolt-to-Thunderbolt Target Mode is available and obviously FireWire-to-FireWire, but I'm more curious about using Target Disk mode to support older Macs with newer ones and vice versa.Best Answer:
Yes, a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac will do either Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode, or with the Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter, it will do Firewire Target Disk Mode just fine.
- Answered by Kerry K from Los Altos
- 08 5, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Will this allow users to start a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac in "Target Disk Mode" and access it via a FireWire-only Mac? (And vice-versa))
Two screens on macbookair using mavericks
Can Mavericks support two external monitors on macbook air?
Is there a thunderbolt splitter that I can use to connect two external monitors to macbook air?
I know I can use Apple TV but not looking for that solution
- Asked by Yitzhak K from Santa Clara
- 10 31, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Two screens on macbookair using mavericks)
Can this adapter be used to connect thunderbolt external hard drive to older mac with firewire 800?
I want to purchase a Thunderbolt external hard Drive to use with my new MacBook Pro with retina display. I also want to be able to use that hard drive with my older iMac that only has FireWire 800. Will this adapter allow me to connect the thunderbolt drive to the older iMac.
- Asked by Alexander E from Dix Hills
- 08 5, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this adapter be used to connect thunderbolt external hard drive to older mac with firewire 800?)
No. This device creates a FireWire port for the host Mac when connected to a Thunderbolt port. It needs software drivers to do this, and cannot function as a converter on it's own. Because of this, it cannot be used as a bridge to do the opposite. (That would be a completely different adapter, but as far as I know no one has made one yet.)
- Answered by John S from Notre Dame
- 08 8, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can this adapter be used to connect thunderbolt external hard drive to older mac with firewire 800?)
- Answered by David H from Portland
- 12 10, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Am I correct in assuming the speed of data transfer will be no better than the normal FireWire speed?)
trying to transfer from a 2009 iMac to a 2013 iMac with thunderbolt adaptor and firewire but it's not giving me that option, only ethernet or wifi...h
Expected max speed = FireWire 800
(this adapter adds FireWire to thunderbolt computers that don't have it: Retina MacBook Pro & MacBook Air '11 & '12)
No change in your current FireWire drives' data xfer speed.
- Answered by Chris S from San Jose
- 08 4, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What transfer speeds would I expect using this adapter? Will this convert my firewire drives to thunderbolt speeds?)
No, the adapter works the other way around. It's to connect a Mac with a thunderbolt port to a device that has a Firewire800 port.
Thunderbolt -> Firewire capacity?
Is there a limit to how many Firewire drives I can daisy chain off one Thunderbolt port? I have about 7 units
- Asked by Calvin H from Glendale
- 08 1, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Thunderbolt -> Firewire capacity?)
Thunderbolt daisychain capacity is 6 units but that's with thunderbolt protocol. If your talking to the Firewire adapter, the computer should see only one thunderbolt device and allow you the full 63 daisy-chained devices of the FireWire protocol...
Try it and tell us about it!
- Answered by Felix A from Montreal
- 08 4, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Thunderbolt -> Firewire capacity?)
External Thunderbolt drive to older Firewire Mac adaptor???
Sounds like from the good information on this forum that this adaptor cannot connect an external Thunderbolt drive to an older Firewire Mac.
Given this, does anyone know of an adaptor that will allow one to do this?
This would obviously be useful to those of us with a new iMac in one location and older macs in another where we would like to transfer data between the two using an external Thunderbolt drive.
- Asked by Tom W from Salt Lake City
- 07 25, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (External Thunderbolt drive to older Firewire Mac adaptor???)
You can use this adapter since it's FireWire 800
You could then buy a standard FireWire 800 to 400 cable and have it work for older FireWire devices
What you use as an example (external thunderbolt drive) WILLNOT work.
This adapter converts a thunderbolt port to FireWire, so you can attach older FireWire devices to the newer thunderbolt port.
This will not allow older macs with a FireWire port to suddenly get thunderbolt capabilities.
- Answered by Ryan C from Bowmanville
- 09 24, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (External Thunderbolt drive to older Firewire Mac adaptor???)