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
632 of 722 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
466 of 508 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
228 of 246 people found this useful
Doesn't work with PreSonus Firebox soundcard
Really disappointed since I can't think out any way how to use the soundcard anymore, unless Usb to Firewire works? This adapter w Really disappointed since I can't think out any way how to use the soundcard anymore, unless Usb to Firewire works? This adapter will not be of any use. …
- Written by Janne H from Helsinki
1 of 1 people found this useful
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 ROBERT M from San Francisco
2 of 2 people found this useful
Works well with a couple of caveats
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 Michael C from Manningtree
1 of 1 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
I want to connect a FW 800 Drobo to Thunderbolt 2. Will this work?
- Asked by Laurence H from Ottawa
- Oct 18, 2014
Will it power the FW ports at back of Cinema Display?
- Asked by Francesco P from Montreal
- Oct 19, 2014
Im using it to connect my exteral hardrive, but it wont work. Is it the adapter?
- Asked by Nancy N from Soldotna
- Aug 21, 2014
Hi Nancy. This adapter has a 50/50 success rate correctly powering Bus Powered Firewire drives. Your Hi Nancy. This adapter has a 50/50 success rate correctly powering Bus Powered Firewire drives. Your drives are probably perfectly fine. It's most likely the adapter causing the issue. If your bus powered external portal drive has a power source, try finding a power adapter to power it and then connect it via this adapter to see if your results change. I have more Firewire Drives than I do Thunderbolt drives so this adapter is something I keep in my back pocket at all times. Hope this helps. …
- Answered by Ellsworth R from North Hollywood
- Sep 28, 2014
What do I need to connect my Canon Vixia HV30 camera to thunderbolt on an iMac?
- Asked by Thomas W from Anchorage
- Jul 20, 2014
it's actually really simple ... and I just had to figure this out recently myself after upgrading my it's actually really simple ... and I just had to figure this out recently myself after upgrading my IMAC. You just need a THUNDERBOLT to FIREWIRE adapter from Apple. I picked one up for $29.00 So, connect the new adapter to your iMAC ... connect the Firewire to the new adapter and the other end to your Canon HV30 (or camcorder with a DV output).
Just a heads up ... the end of the Thunderbolt adapter is a 9-pin Firewire (Firewire 800). You will need a 9-pin to 4-pin Firewire cable. …
- Answered by Brian C from Collegeville
- Aug 18, 2014