• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It does what it is supposed to do

    • Written by from Alexandria

    Works with my G-Tech external HD without any external power, and with all of my firewire powered devices.

    Daisy Chaining works without any glitches.

    While I might ding Apple for the release delay, the review of the product is a separate matter - and this adapter works perfectly!

    21 of 22 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

    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

    FireWire sound mixer now works with MBA

    • Written by from Grand Terrace

    I can now use my MBA to record music with my MultiMix FireWire sound mixer. Had to download the driver for the mixer so it shows up in the sound preference panel. Thanks Apple.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Solution!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I have the 2011 MacBook Pro and even though I have a Firewire 800 port, I needed this adapter so I could connect my media drive and my time machine back up to my MBP at the same time. The transfer rate of the adapter is extremely fast for being a thunderbolt to firewire 800 cable and I am happy I was able to get this. I definitely recommend this to everyone because it is worth every penny!

    18 of 20 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.

    16 of 17 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!!!

    • Written by from RICHARDSON

    I'm very happy Apple goes the extra step to actually implement the standard; I'm extremely pleased with the 1394 implementation; for all those questioning the power handling of this adapter...the fuse on the 1394 power side is a 1.5A fuse..fully compliant with the standard; you can transport 10W+ continuously over this little thing (it'll work near 15W too :-) ), which is good enough for some serious medical applications, such as mine. Thanks Apple for squeezing essentially a PCI express card down to that size and still be compliant, and have very nice thermal performance as well. Also great job on the EMI shield design.
    5 stars *****

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works, but...

    • Written by from Stuttgart

    Works fine with digi 002 and focusrite saffire 24 audio interfaces.
    BUT (and thats why only 3 stars):

    Because thunderbolt only delivers 7w thru the FW adapter many bus powered FW-devices need an ac-adapter.

    Not all FW800 to FW400 adapters are working with the thunderbolt adapter. Some of my adapters let go power through the cable but the interfaces for example are not recognized. Sonnet FW800 to 400 is working fine with apples thunderbolt to fw

    15 of 15 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    • Written by from Laval

    I got this cable earlier in the week so that I could connect my old G-Drives through my TB G-Raid then to my new late 2012 iMac.

    I have 4 G-Drives (2 x 1TB and 2x 3TB) plus a g-drive mini (500GB) using FW800 and a 4TB G-Raid using TB.

    I Daisy chained all my G-Drives with FW800 (including my g-drive mini) into my G-Raid with this cable and it worked flawlessly. Even my g-drive mini that has no AC adapter got enough power to work as normal. Added bonus was that my speeds seem to be faster than when I had all these drives plugged into my 2010 Macbook Pro. I was transferring ~60GB of RAW images from my g-drive mini to my G-Raid at 87 MB / sec.

    I have been using this setup for a week now (4 + hours a day) transferring files back and forth with zero issues.

    I gave it a 4 / 5 just because I do not like the fact I needed an adapter to connect technology that apple made into an apple product. I think they should have kept at least 1 FW800 port on their new iMac's.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No thunderbolt port next to the firewire?

    • Written by from New York

    It does what it's supposed to, but I don't understand why it doesn't have another thunderbolt port on the the firewire end, I can't connect two displays and still use firewire, unless I use the HDMI, but than I need another adapter. I thought one of the strong points of thunderbolt is the ability to daisy chain.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It works

    • Written by from Alamo

    Some guy mentioned it couldn't power his Lacie Rugged drive... well it works with mine (2.5") ... maybe he had a 3.5?

    Minus a star because of the wait, and it's a bit longer than I'd hoped.

    17 of 20 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

    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

    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

    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

    Only one FW capability but there's two FW options?

    • Written by from Powder Springs

    I can't help but feel cheated and robbed by Apple..... they had no problems over the years selling me FW 400 and FW 800 devices yet this adapter only works with one of them. I can't even connect my older Apple iSight without now going out to find someone who sells a FW to FW adapter to go into Apple's Thunderbolt to FW adapter. pretty stupid if you ask me. Why didn't you include an adapter within the adapter if you're going to require it anyways?

    32 of 54 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.

    9 of 9 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