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
  • Aug 5, 2012
Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    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
    • Aug 8, 2012
  • No. The adapter requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt port. It does not work in reverse.

    • Answered by Jonathan B from Emeryville
    • Aug 8, 2012