• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horribly slow !!!

    • Written by from San Diego

    I connected this to my new Mac Pro to backup to a firewire disk drive. It was horribly slow (I mean backing up at kilobytes instead of Megabytes or even Gigabytes !) -- i.e.: 10 GB in 1 hour !

    After about 1 hour, I stopped the backup and hooked up a USB cable to the drive...it worked much faster. In about 5 minutes I had 10 GB again...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A dog whistle will give you better results

    • Written by from New Haven

    This is very troubling. I have a thunderbolt drive with all my data. It worked great on an iMac w/ thunderbolt, but when traveling with powerbook, the adapter SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK! It doesn't recognize the drive at all. Makes my HD simply a paperweight! As the owner of multiple Macs, this is very frustrating. Starting to re-think this whole Mac thing.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why so slow?

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Why is this so slow????? It took 5 minutes on my aging Mac Pro (2006) via FW to copy some audio files and when I USE THE tb to FW connector between the drive to a nMP its taking 2 hours??? Huh?

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Digital Video Firewire

    • Written by from Apple Valley

    Simply does NOT work. Sony 8mm camcorder firewire to mac, inop. Canopus ADVC-100, inop. No source for firewire to thunderbolt works. No way to input older video to work with it without going through a 2006 MacBook Pro and capturing to an external drive. Can't up grade the MacBook Pro because I loose a connection to the devices. Apple needs to let firewire do its job. I keep my cars for 10 years, I expect my computers to do the same. Sorry Apple but I'm a cheap "bushtard" that way :)

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work... Crashes my iMac few times a day

    • Written by from Frisco

    I am very disappointed. I have an older LaCie Rugged with FireWire (both 800 and 400) and USB 2.0 ports. All my photos are on LaCie. When I am exporting files from Lightroom, iMac shuts down randomly. Also, about half the time, my iMac will not wake from sleep mode and I have to hard boot. I have tried to figure out what is long for a little over a months now. There is nothing wrong with memory, OS, software, anything I could think of. I even had Apple Store Genius look at my iMac and found nothing wrong. I used my MacBookPro and have no issues (connected to USB port). However, when I switched my LaCie to from Thunderbolt+Adapter to USB port on iMac, the problem went away totally. I have connected my new LaCie Mini to Thunderbolt without this adapter and I have not had issues so far...
    Conclusion: The Adapter must be the cause for my problems. The end.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Loose connection to rmbp 15

    • Written by from Quezon city

    flaky connection to rmbp 15" thunderbolt port. the adapter is too loose on the port so connection is on and off. bad product

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Confirmed - Will Connect Only to TB on Computer

    • Written by from BELOEIL

    This adapter works only one direction. If you want to connect the Thunderbolt end to a hard drive and the 800 FireWire to another computer - IT WILL NOT WORK! Not Designed for this.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    does. not. work.

    • Written by from Washington

    It would probably be a good idea when you invent new connections to have them actually work. I was trying to use FW800/Thunderbolt to connect my external drive to my NEW "fabulous" Mac Pro. Bull hockey.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Freezes entire computer

    • Written by from West Hartford

    I just purchased this adaptor so I could use my LaCie 4Big Quadra with my new iMac 27". At first it appeared to work fine and then I started to edit some files on the drive which resulted in my computer freezing, something I haven't seen in a long time. I held the power button down to restart (my only option) and tried again, same result. So now my $1200 drive is reduced to USB 2, thank you Apple.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Damaging my hard drives?

    • Written by from Madison

    This doesn’t work with either of my external AC-powered FireWire drives (3TB G-Drive and Century HDD box). The drives mount but soon after initiating a data transfer the drives freeze and go bonkers with horrible clicking noises. All drives are healthy, though, and work flawlessly with dedicated FireWire ports on our older Macs.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bring back Firewire ports

    • Written by from Woodinville

    I just got a new iMac which didn't work with two of the USB audio interfaces that work fine with my other iMac. I don't want to believe that a new tricked out iMac is defective right out of the box, so so I bought a nice Firewire interface and two adapters to get from Firewire to Thunderbolt. Now I have three audio interfaces that all work intermittently. It is too bad that Apple is so far ahead of the market for peripherals (try finding a Thunderbolt, or even newer style Firewire audio Interface) that I now have to go buy another USB interface and look at a bunch of useless Thunderbolt ports on a new iMac. Maybe it is the Mac, but it sure might be data issues though the two converters I need to connect a normal audio interface to the new iMac.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from North Royalton

    I purchased a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor for my late 2013 27" iMac. At first it worked, now it doesn't. I'm not positive, but it may have stopped working with Mavericks.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    FireWire + Thunderbolt + MBP = Frustrated

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I bought this adapter/dongle along with my brand new early 2013 15" MBP. I have a OWC bus-powered RAID enclosure.

    The dongle itself works fine, and it supplies enough bus power to be used.

    My problem is, every time I move my laptop, even the slightest bit (say a slight adjustment to the screen), the drive is ejected because I guess there is a momentary disconnect with the dongle. I can't believe Apple would make something so short, stubby and stiff that is supposed to provide a connection to a FireWire device, especially with mobile-based laptops.

    Maybe Thunderbolt should utilize a plug design that isn't so susceptible to movement. I never had these problems with USB or FW400/800.

    Regardless, it's extremely frustrating, especially when working with data directly on the drive. I find my most recent workflow is to copy the file to the desktop, work on that, and copy it onto the drive when I'm done. This way there's no data corruption and Finder/the Application I'm in doesn't freak out.

    Bottom Line: For a Desktop, I'm sure it's wonderful, as you're less likely to move. I cannot recommend it for a mobile device.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    I'm not sure under what circumstance this would work, but I bought a Western Digital external hard drive (AC-powered) and planned to use this adapter to connect to a Mac Pro... No luck.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work on my iMac

    • Written by from Miami

    I'm trying to connect a G-RAID Drive's Firewire 800 port to an iMac's Thunderbolt port
    I very disappointed It took a lot to bring this adapter to Caracas but it is not working properly.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not enough power for portable FW800 drives

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I have had to switch away from Firewire 800 drives due to lack of power on the Thunderbolt bus. The majority of my bus powered drives will not spin up on the 15" Retina. Disappointed as this was my primary mode of transport and had invested thousands of dollars over the years. Now switching to USB3 and reinvesting in a more ubiquitous standard.

    Feels like pro users have been abandoned on Thunderbolt.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just stopped work for the 2nd time

    • Written by from MADRID

    I bought a macbook pro retina 15", on 2012 September and with it I ordered this adapter. It worked with my Iomega and lacie external hard drives till 2012 november. Took both, my mac mbpr, this adapter and the hard drives to the apple store in Madrid, where I live. They changed it after some tests.

    From 2012 Nov to 2013 Sep I just used the new one sporadically and it worked fine till last week, when it just refused to bring my drives up. Both drives work fine on my old mbp (2007) with built in firewire 800.

    It's by far not the kind of performance/quality I was expecting for a set that cost me 2370.00 euros. Feel like throwing out 30 euros on the trash for this clumsy adapter.

    be warned.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not enough power for anything

    • Written by from Stockholm

    Edirol FA-66 needs more power. Worked great over old Firewire, but it seems the 7w isn't enough. I guess Firewire 400 gave 10-20 watts. So now I need to get down to the basement and dig up the power supple. More cables in 2013 than in 2007 - Apple, you s*** again.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TB to FW Adapter not powering Firebox

    • Written by from WASHINGTON

    I just picked up this adapter for use with my Presonus Firebox external soundcard (now discontinued) that is bus powered through firewire cable. I have had no success getting the Firebox running using the TB adapter and FW cable. Is this a common problem? Any fixes? Am I using the wrong cable (e.g. could this be a problem related to using a 400 cable for the 800 adapter)? Thanks

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lack of firewire

    • Written by from Nevada City

    The lack of firewire ports on the new Macs is precisely why I'm not upgrading to a new computer any time soon. I have a LOT of bus powered Firewire drives, and I'm not throwing them out. The fact that this adaptor apparently doesn't work all that well, if it all, is an additionl negative. Does Apple no longer have any concern for legacy customers? My iMac and two MacBook Pros aren't that old...only 3 years, so it's ridiculous that Apple would try to phase all those recent customers out of their fairly new computers. Very sad and disappointed in Apple after being a loyal customer since 1984. This is not good planning or management, IMO.

    24 of 29 people found this useful