• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely fails to meet the requirements.

    • Written by from EVRY

    Presented to offer an additional Firewire 800 port, it completely fails to do what is possible from the only-one built-in Firewire port (on my mid-2011 iMac) : this product should be removed from selling - simply and very sorry.

    LESS THAN ONE STAR.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt-FW800 adapter keeps ejecting my drive without permission

    • Written by from Toronto

    Bought the adapter a few months ago to use my old LaCie 2big FW800 RAID units with my new Thunderbolt iMac and they keep ejecting without my authorization popping up a warning to properly eject drive before disconnecting. If I try with just one drive there is no problem however daisy chaining two FW800 dives to the end of a Thunderbolt drive will not work. Tried everything and my 2big drives have no problem with my Mac mini's FW800 port. The adapter is not a well designed product and in my experience will not function as advertised in a stable reliable manner.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Used to digitize DV with Final Cut Pro X over Firewire into a MacBook Pro

    • Written by from Féricy

    I used the Thunderbolt to FW adapter to connect a MacBook Pro to my Sony PD100 (from 2001) and it worked first time. The adapter offers FW 800 female so I used an 800/400 cable into a hard disk then another FW cable out of the disk and into the camera. I even have control of the camera from the MBP.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Powers my portable hard drives!

    • Written by from Antioch

    I almost didn't get this cause of all the bad bus power reviews but gave it a shot. For my hard drives (several different brands) it works PERFECT. Could be my imagination or the fact that I now have a faster computer, but if anything my hard drives seem even faster now.

    I haven't tried daisy chaining anything together but I get plenty of power and speed from 1 hard drive at a time. I hope maybe that helps some people.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Did the Trick for me

    • Written by from Easton

    My new Mac mini has only Thunderbolt ports and the iOmega (2TB) and Western Digital (3TB) drives I used with my old Mac min are Firewire 800. My goal was to transfer this data to my new Thunderbolt drives. I was able to accomplish the task with no problem using this adapter although speed was something less than 50Mb/Sec. Perhaps if I planned to use this full time, or needed bus power, I might only rate it 3 Stars.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works and does not work

    • Written by from Chonburi

    I have 2 external drive:

    A Drobo old generation 4 bay which works beautifully. with the adapter.

    A Western Digital enclosed in a Orico HDD enclosure with all ports under the sun, which does not work with adapter.

    I am not a technical person, but I think some manufacturers use or wire their firewire boxes differently.

    The trick is to find out if the adapter would work BEFORE purchasing it!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    Planned Obsolescence! THERE IS NO BUS POWER. Why would one develop a device that does half the job? Deadly for pro photographers with firewire gear. Apple (normally makes a good product) has dropped the ball this time and left many with lots of wasted time. No solution with firewire and new Mac computers.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised!

    • Written by from Reno

    This was the solution I needed to get iMovie to recognize my Canon GL2 mini DV camera. iMovie controls work. All is well.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Canon HV20 mini DV camcorder

    • Written by from Bethany

    I have a Canon HV20 mini DV camcorder which uses a 4 pin FireWire (400) port to transfer to a computer. I successfully used the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter to capture my video. I used a 4 pin to 9 pin FireWire cable from the camcorder to the adapter (9 pin is the 800 FireWire standard). When I plugged this setup into a new MacBook Pro (running Yosemite), I simply launched iMovie and pressed "Transfer" and it captured the mini DV video perfectly. As an aside, I first tried this out at my local Apple store Genius bar using their in-house adapter, which was really great. Kudos to Apple's Genius bar for allowing me to confirm if the adapter was going to work.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flaky

    • Written by from San Francisco

    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?

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked with Sandisk card reader.

    • Written by from PROSPECT HEIGHTS

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It sort of works

    • Written by from ojai

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great... When it works

    • Written by from West Chester

    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.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This does indeed work with PC

    • Written by from Fruita

    Wanted to confirm for PC users that have a thunderbolt port this does work. I have a Presonus Firestudio Mobile running on my Asus G75vx laptop. I was discouraged at first after buying the Apple thunderbolt to firewire adapter. My PC recognized the Apple adapter with no issue as a 1394 controller in device manager, but my Firestudio could not be recognized when connected. My Firestudio is a firewire 400 device. I bought a Rocketfish firewire 9 pin cable that came with a 6 pin adapter. This supplied power to my interface, but my PC didn't recognize the device. I spent many hours on the internet to solve the problem and finally decided to try a new firewire cable. I bought a 9 pin to 6 pin CABLE that didn't need an adapter and presto the device connected beautifully and was recognized by my Presonus Universal Control.
    PC users there is still hope for your firewire 400 devices! Be sure and get a proper cable that is 6 pin to 9 pin and don't waste your money on the silly adapters. (at least not the Rocketfish one).
    I picked up the cable at Radio Shack for $8.00

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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...

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter

    • Written by from Watertown

    This adapter worked very well. I just bought a new Mac Book Pro and wanted to port over from my four-year old model. I had an external iomega FireWire hard drive. I backed up the old computer with Time Machine. Opened up the new computer plugged in the adapter with the hard drive attached and followed the instructions and in an hour and a half or so I had my new computer up and running. I would highly recommend this adapter. Works as advertised.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Unthinking Design by Apple?

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    As far as I can tell, Apple makes this adapter only in a thunderbolt/male to firewire/female version. So when you use this with your shiny new thunderbolt-enabled device, such as a MacBook Pro, the rather unsightly dongle hangs off the side of the computer. Would be nice if they made an adapter with the opposite configuration that attached to the old firewire peripheral device you wanted to run. I understand that this way you don't have to buy the extra (somewhat costly) thunderbolt cable, but still it seems like an oversight from a company that is usually ultra-sensitive to design details.

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Success, YAY! June 2014

    • Written by from Roanoke

    Using this cable, in combination with Belkin FW800[female]->FW400[male] cable available here at the Apple Store online, I was able to Migrate from an old (~2005) iMac to a new MBA (2014) by holding down the "T" key at startup of the old iMac to put it in Target mode *AND* make a full backup using that same cable combination and SuperDuper to a LaCie Porsche powered external hard drive (2006).

    1 of 1 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.

    9 of 14 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?

    4 of 6 people found this useful