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 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
316 of 351 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 / 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
244 of 264 people found this useful
After buying the 15inch MBP and not being able to hook up my hard drives via firewire I was desperate for this...
Better lat e than never. Thanks Apple …
- Written by william L from el cajon
175 of 226 people found this useful
Does not work on storage device
I am a video editor. I have the 27" Mac with fire wire 800. I bought 4TB storage device that only accepts thunderbolt. I bought this adaptor but my Mac does not recognize the device. The storage device shows up fine on my Macbook Air that has the direct thunderbolt connection. …
- Written by Christian M from 港区
Bus Powered Nightmare.
All of my OWC Mercury Elite bus powered firewire 800 drives no longer work when using this adapter.
I miss my 17 " MBP with firewire 800.
I hate that I have to buy all new drives to be able to use my laptop.
Forget this retina display junky computer.
Who ever made the decision to switch to thunderbolt ONLY with their laptops should be fired and have his salary be paid to all of the fine folks who bought these misguided prosumer computers.
I can SOMETIMES get 1 drive to mount, even my a/c powered 2 TB drive only mounts periodically, but if I try to daisy chain any of them, they instantly crash and start making a ticking sound.
As a professional photographer who works in the field, a/c power is not readily available and not being able to bus power my numerous firewire 800 drives is unacceptable. …
- Written by Colin B from Camarillo
This adapter worked fine for me for a little while for all drives (including bus-powered) and then died... Seems to be a physical problem, since the FW cables and drives all work... But I never put the adapter under any real strain. A junky build for a $29 piece of wire. …
- Written by David H from Los Angeles
1 of 1 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Henry R from Chandler
- Jun 11, 2013
No answers yet
Will I be able to transfer video files from my Mac Book Pro with Retina Display to my IMac mid-2010? If not with this cable, any other ideas?
- Asked by Norm K from Fort Collins
- May 12, 2013
- Asked by Henry J from Fort Mill
- Dec 4, 2012
No, this connects a FW800 device, not a FW400. I'm having the same problem. I purchased this adaptor and then a FW800 to FW400 cable (4 pin) to enable me to connect my older camera. I'm not sure is this is the culprit, but when I import now, my video and audio are out of sync. I'm still working on a solution and will share it with you if I have any success.
- Answered by Jack S from Huntington
- Jun 3, 2013
Will the Apple Thunderbolt to firewire adapter work on PCs (Asus, for example) that have the Thunderbolt ports ?
- Asked by David T from Poughkeepsie
- Dec 3, 2012
Does this Thunderbolt to Firewire connection allow Sony DV camcorders to record to the Mac? (for iStopMotion)
- Asked by Richard K from Vancouver
- Sep 16, 2012
- Asked by Samantha W from Sherwood Park
- Mar 27, 2013