• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    does not send power through it

    • Written by from Tempe

    Will only transfer data if the external hard drive is connected to a power source. Unlike the FW800 that powers the external HD.

    3 of 3 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 :)

    9 of 9 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.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    IT WORKS!!

    • Written by from Laguna Niguel

    I had concerns about this adapter working after reading all the reviews where people were having issues. But for me, it works brilliantly!
    I have a mac pro 2013 at work and use the adapter with my 1tb WD My Passport Studio Portable HD. I was reading on one of the av blogs that the person had noticed the hard drive more responsive and I would agree, it does seemed a lot snappier. Anyhow, hope this helps. It saved me from buying a thunderbolt drive - at least in the short term. Cheers,

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    FW800 -> Thunderbolt.. and ONLY that.

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    This adapter only allows for you to connect a FW800 peripheral to a Thunderbolt port on a Mac- not vice versa. Apple, how do you expect loyal customers to upgrade to your new speedy connection protocol and STAY loyal when you don't provide them the means to? Very poor business.

    8 of 14 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

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, looks great!

    • Written by from Wentzville

    I purchased the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter to use with my mid-2013 MacBook Air in order to import miniDV tapes with a camcorder with a 4-conductor FireWire port. This adapter works just fine, no problems whatsoever. It is also very small, portable, and it looks a thousand times better than any other adapter on the market. I am very satisfied with this product.

    4 of 4 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.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works...for now

    • Written by from Langley

    I struggled with using my FW portable drives on the new MacBook Pro. It was uneven, then stopped completely in the first week. Apple Store replaced the adapter and it's currently working on all my drives. Though the OWC Mercury RAID now needs external power, which it never did before--I can live with that as long as it works. I'm hoping I just had a bad adapter and now all is well. Fingers crossed.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works

    • Written by from Seattle

    Late 2013 27" i7 iMac. The adapter does what it says. I'm running a 6 enclosure, 11 drive FW chain no problem. A bus powered drive works fine, but I'm plugging it in at the end of the chain, so it's drawing power from the other drives, not the iMac. The adapter does get warm when doing large transfers, not too hot, but still.

    It would nicer if iMac still had a native FW port, but I doubt Apple will ever add that back on.

    3 of 4 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.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Powers canopus advc110 & Works flawlessly!

    • Written by from Bismarck

    I am using a Mid 2012 Macbook Pro Retina and the canopus advc110 to transfer VHS footage. The firewire cable sits in the thunderbolt adapter tightly without any movement and so does the thunderbolt connection in my macbook. I even tried to wiggle the connection and I had no problems. I give this 5 stars and recommend it to anyone!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works for me

    • Written by from PEORIA

    I have a Panasonic Camcorder thats a few years old that uses a 4-oin fire wire to transfer video from the DV Tape to the Computer. I purchased a 4-pin to 9-pin Fire Wire cable, used this adapter with my 13" Retina and it not only saw my camera but transferred the video flawlessly. Pleasantly surprised.

    4 of 4 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.

    24 of 25 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.

    16 of 16 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.

    14 of 15 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.

    15 of 15 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.

    23 of 24 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.

    12 of 14 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.

    9 of 10 people found this useful