Is it possible to use this to connect an iMac with FireWire to a Thunderbolt external hard drive?

  • Asked by Bryan C from La Verne
  • Aug 1, 2012
Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

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9 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    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.

    • Answered by Graham D
    • Aug 2, 2012
  • No, it requires a Thunderbolt equipped mac

    • Answered by Stephen F
    • Aug 2, 2012
  • The purpose of this adapter is largely to provide a way for people who have existing FireWire drives to new computers that don't have a FW800 port, but do have a TB port (e.g. New Ret MBP, MBA etc).

    Oh, your answer, no. It's a male TB plug and a female FW800 port.

    • Answered by Michael A from Goleta
    • Aug 2, 2012
  • If I had a firewired iMac with a 800FW port and cable, couldn't I plug this TH/FW connector to the external HD and then plug the FW cable to the female FW port? In other words, using the TH/FW connector with a 800FW cable.

    • Answered by Anthony T
    • Aug 16, 2012
  • No it is to connect a thunderbolt equipped computer to a firewire drive (i.e. you need a thunderbolt port on your iMac).

    • Answered by Andrew D
    • Aug 2, 2012
  • No. It's for connecting FireWire peripherals to a Thunderbolt port. It doesn't work the other way round. Also there would be little benefit in it working the other way round as the FireWire port on your iMAC would be a bottleneck so you would see no noticeable speed increase over a standard FireWire drive.

    • Answered by Iftikhar B
    • Aug 2, 2012
  • I don't think so. This is to give thunderbolt equipped Macs firewire capability, not the other way around.

    • Answered by David C from Leawood
    • Aug 2, 2012
  • No. It only works for computers that have thunderbolt ports built-in.

    • Answered by Richard H from Chesterfield
    • Aug 2, 2012
  • G-Tech says their drive is backwards compatible. See G-RAID w/ Thunderbolt - Technical Support

    • Answered by Chris S from Calgary
    • Feb 25, 2013