• 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.

    9 of 9 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.

    20 of 21 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No Bus power for external interfaces or drives

    • Written by from New York

    Very disappointed with the fact that this adapter will not pass enough juice to power an external hard drive or audio interface. when I connect to a device thunderbolt to thunderbolt, it works fine (so the power is present at the jack) connect to a FW device with this interface cable and.... no dice.
    Lame.

    7 of 8 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with my bus powered drive

    • Written by from Houston

    I have an old Seagate firewire 800 portable drive that I use to move data around different computers. This cable doesn't work on that drive and it is a huge pain. If I even plug the drive in my new MacBook Pro freezes up and I have to hard boot it. It has worked ok on other drives that provide their own power.

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm!

    • Written by from Istanbul

    I recently bough a mbp retina with thunderbolt ports only. I have m-audio profire 610 audio interface and i saw that adapter, although there are a lot of failed attempts to use this adaptor to connect a FW400 device, it worked like a charm when i plugged my profire 610 with a FW400-800 cable to this adapter.. No external power needed! Great product from Apple...

    8 of 8 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.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm!

    • Written by from Vineyard Haven

    Just connected my external Lacie rugged 1TB drive via the Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter to my brand new iMac and voila -- it works! Powers the unit without a hitch and the drive functions as it always has via FireWire.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work on storage device

    • Written by from 港区

    I am a video editor. I have the 27" Mac with fire wire 800. I bought 4TB storage device that only accepts thunderbolt. I bought this adaptor but my Mac does not recognize the device. The storage device shows up fine on my Macbook Air that has the direct thunderbolt connection.

    14 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bus Powered Nightmare.

    • Written by from Camarillo

    All of my OWC Mercury Elite bus powered firewire 800 drives no longer work when using this adapter.
    It's maddening.
    I miss my 17" MBP with firewire 800.
    I hate that I have to buy all new drives to be able to use my laptop.
    Forget this retina display junky computer.
    Who ever made the decision to switch to thunderbolt ONLY with their laptops should be fired and have his salary be paid to all of the fine folks who bought these misguided prosumer computers.
    I can SOMETIMES get 1 drive to mount, even my a/c powered 2 TB drive only mounts periodically, but if I try to daisy chain any of them, they instantly crash and start making a ticking sound.
    As a professional photographer who works in the field, a/c power is not readily available and not being able to bus power my numerous firewire 800 drives is unacceptable.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not robust...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    This adapter worked fine for me for a little while for all drives (including bus-powered) and then died... Seems to be a physical problem, since the FW cables and drives all work... But I never put the adapter under any real strain. A junky build for a $29 piece of wire.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what was needed...

    • Written by from West Hollywood

    Very nice product. Works great with my G Drive.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for FW800 but lacks ability to daisychain Thunderbolt

    • Written by from New York

    This adapter worked to connect a FW800 disk to my MacMini w/o any problems.

    However the major problem is that it does NOT have a second Thunderbolt connection on it so I can not daisychain the Thunderbolt devices. So effectively, I must choose whether to use Thunderbolt for a network, FW800, or graphics connection. This defeats the purpose of supposedly being able to daisy chain up to six devices on a single Thunderbolt chain.

    11 of 15 people found this useful