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
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
185 of 200 people found this useful
Doesn't work with my Motu 8pre the sole reason for purchase. Rubbish
- Written by Gregg B from Hornsey
168 of 202 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 WARNING! Does not produce enough power to run high capacity mobile drives i.e. the G-Tech G-RAID Mini...
Luckily I tested it is 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
152 of 174 people found this useful
Take care - not the same FireWire fitting as older iMacs!
Like all Apple cables this is very expensive and short but stylish and well made.
I bought it to use on my new iMac which has T Like all Apple cables this is very expensive and short but stylish and well made.
I bought it to use on my new iMac which has Thunderbolt only outlets so that I could still content FireWire devices that I used with my FireWire equipped 2009 iMac.
However, the old iMacs have FireWire 400 outlets and this cable is the differently shaped 800 FireWire. So, a further cable or adapter is needed to connect to the device. A shame that Apple don't include this option. …
- Written by James B from Weybridge
Doesn't support target drive
I bought this solely to migrate from my old Mac Pro to my new one. all it does is crash the new system when I boot up the old one I bought this solely to migrate from my old Mac Pro to my new one. all it does is crash the new system when I boot up the old one in Target Drive Mode. …
- Written by James G from Brockham
Bad Connection, could potentially damage your external hardware
I bought this adaptor solely for use with my Macbook Pro 15" Retina mid 2012 and a Focusright Saffire Pro 40 sound interface. When I bought this adaptor solely for use with my Macbook Pro 15" Retina mid 2012 and a Focusright Saffire Pro 40 sound interface. When it connects it works perfectly, however the connection is easily broken by any slight movement of the laptop - completely negating the point of the adaptor. Not only is this incredibly frustrating for creatives (imagine recording musicians mid session and this happens!!!!!!!) but potentially damaging for the hardware. I can only imagine the anger of people who's hard drives have been damaged due to this badly designed adapter.
I should also note that my laptop was stolen mid 2013 and I replaced it with the newer model macbook pro 15" with retina - the ports are exactly the same and the same problem with the apple thunderbolt to firewire adapter continues to occur. I have a third party svga to thunderbolt adapter and funnily enough it's build quality is far superior, never comes out the port. Avoid this adapter at all costs if possible. …
- Written by Ashley E from Bookham
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can I use this cable with my sapphire pro40
- Asked by Ld H
I use it with mine, so yes you can. Be wary of the bad connection with the adaptor though, it falls 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
I have a Sony Hi 8 video camera. How do I transfer the video to my MacBook Pro 13 Retina with Thunderbolt?
- Asked by Dan K from Des Moines
You need a few items to make this work.
Firstly you need the thunderbolt to firewire adapter, then You need a few items to make this work.
Firstly you need the thunderbolt to firewire adapter, then you need either a firewire 800 to 4 pin firewire cable OR a standard Sony iLink firewire 400 cable and a 800 to 400 adapter.
I already had the Sony iLink 400 cable so went with the 800 to 400 adapter.
Connect everything together and put the camera into playback/VCR mode. Open whatever Mac video program you're using (iMovie 9/Final Cut Pro X work fine) then go to capture and a window will open allowing you to control the camera from the program.
Look at the specifics for the program you are using.
My camera is a Sony PCR100 Hi8 camera from early 2001 and this method works perfectly with my 2013 iMac. …
- Answered by Colin E
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
- Asked by Anouk B from Toronto