• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to firewire adapter for older camcorder Mini DV (Panasonic)

    • Written by from Norwalk

    Previously used firewire 400 on old mac. Bought a firewire 800 cable 9-4 pin and adapter.
    New firewire cable worked in my daughters Mac Book Pro 2011. Imported video---so I know that part works.
    I added the adapter for my retina Mac Book Pro 2012.. I does not recognize camcorder.
    Either its the adapter or the imovie 11. Next I will try a different import program and see if it recognizes camcorder. I have so many old tapes to transfer!

    12 of 20 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

  • 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.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works exactly as advertised

    • Written by from Commerce Township

    This is a Thunderbolt to FW800 adapter, as such it works exactly as advertised.

    There are a lot of editorial comments in the reviews but this works as advertised. It is reliable and offers good performance when used with FW800 drives

    8 of 14 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.