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
611 of 695 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
453 of 491 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
293 of 388 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
Great... When it works
Ive had the adaptor for three days. I bought it to use my old Lacie Rugged 800/400 USB drive with my rMBP. The drive works fine th Ive had the adaptor for three days. I bought it to use my old Lacie Rugged 800/400 USB drive with my rMBP. The drive works fine through my thunderbolt display so I know the adapter is the problem. The computer recognizes the drive half the time. It always spins up, I can hear the drive making noise. I usually either have to restart the computer for it to recognize the drive. It does not work if I simply unplug and replug the drive again. Very disappointing. I wouldn't recommend it overall with its unreliability. When it works though, it is very speedy in copying files to the drive. …
- Written by John P from West Chester
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What kind of wire do I need to connect my Canon GL2 Camera (mini DV) to Thunderbolt on an iMac for use with the Final Cut Pro X? Thanks
- Asked by Kevin N from Marion
- Aug 29, 2014
what do i need to connect my panasonic pv-gs85 camera to thunderbolt on macbook pro
- Asked by Chris J from Calgary
- Aug 28, 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
Can I use adapter from iMac with Thunderbolt to an external ac powered Firewire hard drive?
- Asked by John D from Hillsboro
- Feb 17, 2014
Yes, that is the intention of this adapter.
- Answered by Kevin W from San Antonio
- Mar 26, 2014