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 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
635 of 726 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 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
467 of 509 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 After buying the 15inch MBP and not being able to hook up my hard drives via firewire I was desperate for this...
Better late than never. Thanks Apple …
- Written by william L from el cajon
305 of 403 people found this useful
I shouldn't have to think about a simple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter, but the connection is very shaky. I have a FireWire I shouldn't have to think about a simple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter, but the connection is very shaky. I have a FireWire 800 cable that has been connecting my external drives to an older iMac for over two years. No problems. It just lay there and did its job. Then I got a new iMac with Thunderbolt. Now, no matter how much I adjust the connections of the FireWire cable to the adapter, or the adapter to the iMac, or the FireWire cable to the external drives, the drives regularly drop off of my Desktop, just disappear with an error message. Then I have to play with the connections before the drives appear again. Time machine backups frequently fail, due to the backup external drive disappearing. Where is the problem, Apple? …
- Written by ROBERT M from San Francisco
3 of 3 people found this useful
Worked with Sandisk card reader.
I ordered this with the replacement iMac thinking I was pretty sure I had one firewire device among this rat nest of cables. Sure I ordered this with the replacement iMac thinking I was pretty sure I had one firewire device among this rat nest of cables. Sure enough it was my Sandisk cf card reader which has been 5 stars for many, many years. I live chatted with Sandisk and they had not tested the reader with the adaptor. I thought I would give it a try. It works!
This saved me the aggravation of trying to find another card reader that has been this reliable. Yeah I know card readers can be had for less many than this adapter and USB3 may be faster. I just didn't want to give up on a reader that has been this reliable and well made. …
- Written by Glenn H from PROSPECT HEIGHTS
It sort of works
I have 9 external drives 7200 rpm that I use for a Ki Pro recorder. They are twice as fast on my old Mac Pro (late 2009) over Fir I have 9 external drives 7200 rpm that I use for a Ki Pro recorder. They are twice as fast on my old Mac Pro (late 2009) over Firewire than on my new Mac Pro (late 2013) with this adapter over Thunderbolt. Black Magic Speed Test comes out with about 50 mb/s average. Odd right? And it's choppy when you transfer. Also my system will not recognize 1 of the 9 drives I have at all. Lastly, if I have two of the drives hooked up to two of the connectors and into separate Thunderbolts, the system will only transfer files on one drive at a time and says "preparing to transfer" on the second drive until the first drive finishes. Really odd. …
- Written by Stan K from ojai
2 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Will it power the FW ports at back of Cinema Display?
- Asked by Francesco P from Montreal
- Oct 18, 2014
Im using it to connect my exteral hardrive, but it wont work. Is it the adapter?
- Asked by Nancy N from Soldotna
- Aug 20, 2014
Hi Nancy. This adapter has a 50/50 success rate correctly powering Bus Powered Firewire drives. Your Hi Nancy. This adapter has a 50/50 success rate correctly powering Bus Powered Firewire drives. Your drives are probably perfectly fine. It's most likely the adapter causing the issue. If your bus powered external portal drive has a power source, try finding a power adapter to power it and then connect it via this adapter to see if your results change. I have more Firewire Drives than I do Thunderbolt drives so this adapter is something I keep in my back pocket at all times. Hope this helps. …
- Answered by Ellsworth R from North Hollywood
- Sep 27, 2014
What do I need to connect my Canon Vixia HV30 camera to thunderbolt on an iMac?
- Asked by Thomas W from Anchorage
- Jul 19, 2014
it's actually really simple ... and I just had to figure this out recently myself after upgrading my it's actually really simple ... and I just had to figure this out recently myself after upgrading my IMAC. You just need a THUNDERBOLT to FIREWIRE adapter from Apple. I picked one up for $29.00 So, connect the new adapter to your iMAC ... connect the Firewire to the new adapter and the other end to your Canon HV30 (or camcorder with a DV output).
Just a heads up ... the end of the Thunderbolt adapter is a 9-pin Firewire (Firewire 800). You will need a 9-pin to 4-pin Firewire cable. …
- Answered by Brian C from Collegeville
- Aug 18, 2014