Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter
64 Questions from the Community
Could I use this adapter to connect my Digidesign 003 factory to my iMac thunderbolt connect or would it lack sufficient power?
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.
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
- Feb 24, 2014
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Can I go from a firewire port to a thunderbolt device using this product?
- Asked by Michael M from Arcadia
- Jan 3, 2014
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Yes, that is the intention of this adapter.
- Answered by Kevin W from San Antonio
- Mar 26, 2014
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mac book pro retina and sound cards
I bought the new macbook pro retina and I NEED to plug in my sound card which is the profire 2626 with a fire wire 400 output.
Can anybody help me to find the best solution?
- Asked by Simone H from Venezuela
- Nov 28, 2012
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Can I use this device to download data from an old digital camera with a FireWire port to a new PC laptop with a thunderbolt port?
I have an old CANON GL2 digital video camera which has a Firewire port used to down load video. I have a new PC laptop computer that came with a thunderbolt port but no firewire port so I now have no way to download my videos to my computer for editing. Can I download video from the camera to the new PC laptop using the Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter?
Thank you very much.Best Answer:
The thunderbolt adapter is for FireWire 800.
If you have FireWire 400 (the original), then you might be able to use the Belkin FireWire 800/400 9-Pin/6-Pin Cable (2 m/6.6 ft.) which is available from Apple.
- Answered by Donald H from Fayetteville
- Dec 30, 2013
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Can i use this cable with migration assistant?
- Asked by Jonathan C from Mount Pleasant
- Nov 6, 2012
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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
"firewire to thunderbolt" adapter?
So how do I connect a Thunderbolt drive to a Firewire port?
- Asked by Edmund B F from Houston
- Jan 13, 2014
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thunderbolt to firewire400 adapter?
Hi, I've got a TimeMachine with FW400 connection and want to buy a new MacBook Pro that only has Thunderbolt. I've searched for a Thunderbolt to FW400 adapter, but only find one that says it's for Thunderbolt to FW800. Is there an adapter for TB to FW400? Or am I going to have to daisy chain (FW400 to FW800, then FW800 to Thunderbolt)? Thanks!
- Asked by Stacey K from West Bloomfield
- Aug 3, 2012
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There are also cables that have FW 400 on one end and FW 800 on the other. I find the cable solution a little more elegant and it's not another adapter to lose.
- Answered by Jef L from Chicago
- Aug 7, 2012
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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)
I know that Thunderbolt-to-Thunderbolt Target Mode is available and obviously FireWire-to-FireWire, but I'm more curious about using Target Disk mode to support older Macs with newer ones and vice versa.
- Asked by Josef L from Tacoma
- Aug 1, 2012
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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
- Aug 4, 2012
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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
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Can this adapter be used to connect thunderbolt external hard drive to older mac with firewire 800?
I want to purchase a Thunderbolt external hard Drive to use with my new MacBook Pro with retina display. I also want to be able to use that hard drive with my older iMac that only has FireWire 800. Will this adapter allow me to connect the thunderbolt drive to the older iMac.
- Asked by Alexander E from Dix Hills
- Aug 4, 2012
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No. This device creates a FireWire port for the host Mac when connected to a Thunderbolt port. It needs software drivers to do this, and cannot function as a converter on it's own. Because of this, it cannot be used as a bridge to do the opposite. (That would be a completely different adapter, but as far as I know no one has made one yet.)
- Answered by John S from Notre Dame
- Aug 8, 2012
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Can this adapter be used to transfer my files from a Late 2009 IMac to a brand new fusion IMac. I have a firewire 800 cable.
I am getting a new IMac 27" with fusion drive. I would like to transfer my files from my Late 2009 27" iMac. Can I use the firewire to thunderbolt adapter for this purpose?
- Asked by Jose O from Coral Gables
- Dec 4, 2012
- Flag as inappropriate (Can this adapter be used to transfer my files from a Late 2009 IMac to a brand new fusion IMac. I have a firewire 800 cable.)
Two screens on macbookair using mavericks
Can Mavericks support two external monitors on macbook air?
Is there a thunderbolt splitter that I can use to connect two external monitors to macbook air?
I know I can use Apple TV but not looking for that solution
- Asked by Yitzhak K from Santa Clara
- Oct 30, 2013
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Enough to Power my Audio sound card?
I am so excited with this release and I am not at home to check the power consumption of my sound card!
Would it be able to power my:
M-Audio 1814 FireWire sound card???
- Asked by John M
- Aug 1, 2012
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Like the other anwser said: the adapter can provide 7W of power. The Fire standard (IEEE 1394) says that the max output is 30 V @ 1.5 amps so 45W. Seeing the size of your device and its complexity, there is a good chance it will require more than 7W of power and the provided adapter is 12V @ 1 amp so 12W (although an adapter is rarely used at full capacity). Unless they completely oversized their power adapter, you may need to plug it in.
This adapter looks much more built to access FireWire external harddrives that are either self powered of portable and thus less power hungry.
Let us know the results when you can!
- Answered by Felix A from Montreal
- Aug 3, 2012
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- Answered by David H from Portland
- Dec 9, 2013
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Am I correct in assuming the speed of data transfer will be no better than the normal FireWire speed?)