Easily connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac to a FireWire device with the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adaptor. 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 Adaptor with built-in Thunderbolt cable
- OS X v10.7.4 or later
- Thunderbolt-equipped Mac computer
Ratings & Reviews
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 ld 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
99 of 109 people found this useful
Doesn't work with my Motu 8pre the sole reason for purchase. Rubbish
- Written by Gregg B from Hornsey
86 of 111 people found this useful
1 step forward, 2 steps back!!!!
WARNING! Does not produce enough power to run high capacity mobile drives i.e. the G-Tech G-RAID Mini...
Luckily I tested it i s advance of playing a gig at the weekend using Serato.
I can't believe that Apple hasn't considered the fact that the majority of creative professionals need high capacity fast mobile storage.
I suppose we now need to wait for 2Tb Thunderbolt enabled SSD drives which by my reckoning will cost more than the MacBook Pro!!!! …
- Written by Chris B from LONDON
75 of 91 people found this useful
Better to put the money towards a drive with FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt connectivity built in. That way all your old stuff will still work, plus you'll have a drive you can use when FireWire is no longer used.
By the way Apple, as a pro user, FireWire is key to most workflows within the world of stills and video production, so not providing a FireWire connection on the new iMacs speaks volumes of how you now view users such as myself who have supported you through the years. …
- Written by Duncan S from Ware
16 of 16 people found this useful
Very positive first impressions
i was wary of buying this based on other reviews but glad I decided to give it a go.
I am copying large amounts of data between d rives and although my laptop has thunderbolt, nothing else I own does....!!
I have managed to half my data transfer time by using this adapter with a Firewire 800 cable over the Usb 2 connection.
I agree that the cable length is on the short side but i have not experienced any issues with the cable pulling out of the thunderbold connection.
The price is high in my opinion but it functions well and does it's job (or at lease with the equipment i am using).
Wish Apple would release a Usb 3 variant of this then I would have all my appliance covered for much better transfer speeds.
In short; I would recommend this item. …
- Written by Emma S from WEST BYFLEET
7 of 8 people found this useful
I've been using this adapter for both my audio interface and external hard drive on a Retina MacBook Pro - It works, but it is REA LLY sensitive to being moved. A tiny knock on the laptop and the connected device gets disconnected. Very frustrating on large import jobs into final cut pro x from a firewire external drive, it took about 5 attempts to move 90GB of data into FCPX. Using my laptop for performing live means that kit moves about a lot, and there is NO WAY i'd use this adapter in an important situation.
A real shame, as everything else about the laptop and OS is off the hook awesome, but this really let it down from a professional standpoint. …
- Written by Adam G from WINCHESTER
17 of 17 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Samantha W from Sherwood Park
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)
- Asked by Josef L from Tacoma
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
- Asked by Bryan C from La Verne
No, the adapter works the other way around. It's to connect a Mac with a thunderbolt port to a devi ce that has a Firewire800 port. …
- Answered by Graham D
Will the Apple Thunderbolt to firewire adapter work on PCs (Asus, for example) that have the Thunderbolt ports ?
- Asked by David T from Poughkeepsie
Does this Thunderbolt to Firewire connection allow Sony DV camcorders to record to the Mac? (for iStopMotion)
- Asked by Richard K from Vancouver
What transfer speeds would I expect using this adapter? Will this convert my firewire drives to thunderbolt speeds?
- Asked by Randall J from Spring
With FW400 devices you will get a maximum of 400Mbps (~50 MB/sec), and with FW800 you will get a max imum of 800Mbps (~100 MB/sec). That will be your throughput ceiling, your drives won't be able to take full of advantage of Thunderbolt's speed. …
- Answered by Martin J from Ottawa