• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked at first... Now, not so much

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    Disappointed. If you are going to take it off of the computer, make an adapter that works. Apple was famous for FW800! Now clearly they could care less. Supppperrrr spotty using G-Drives. Killin me here.


    A professional user. (not a soccer mom)

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it is designed to do...

    • Written by from Irvine

    I have 3 Firewire 400 external HDs that still need to be accessed with my new Macbook Air. Two of them are La Cie and one is an Acomdata. Using the Adapter and a FW 800 to FW400 cable I am able to connect a drive to the macbook air and daisy chain another drive to the one connected to the air. So far it meets my expectations. Thanks Apple!

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but what a waste

    • Written by from Pittsburg

    I thought I had made a good call getting an external firewire 800 drive as a time machine backup for my old iMac but was pretty bummed when my new iMac arrived and I realized I couldn't even plug in the firewire drive to set up the new machine without spending another $30. Come on Apple! How about throwing us loyal apple customers one firewire port for old time sake?

    43 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with all my FW peripherals, including audio

    • Written by from Craryville

    Works with OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro (twin 2.5" drives in RAID enclosure), and with an Echo AudioFire2 96 kHz audio interface. In both cases it was able to power the peripherals as well.

    35 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea, wished it worked for me

    • Written by from Seal Beach

    Finally something I can use my thunderbolt port for on my macbook air, BUT, I can only use it on a memory card reader because it doesn't supply enough power for my Lacie rugged hard drives. I have to keep using slowSB (USB). I thought this would make life easier for my macbook air, but unfortunately this supposedly amazing thunderbolt port continues to be quite useless for me.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Drives 'drop' while connected

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Drives mount when connected, then drop after 5 or 10 minutes. This has been tested on two different drives (one bus powered and one powered). Total frustration with this product.

    31 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Presonus SL1642

    • Written by from San Luis Obispo

    I bought my Macbook Pro Retina as a replacement audio/visual device but was disappointed it took so long for the firewire/thunderbolt accessories to come out. I ordered this adapter the first day it was available and just tested it with my Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 and it worked well recording two channels for 10+ minutes. I have yet to test it with more channels but that will come.

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from EL MONTE

    Well basically... It doesn't work with iOmega eGO. Lights comes on but no connection. This is probably my 5th review ever in my life so this shows how frustrated I am. I want people to avoid buying a hd in hopes of having this $30+ disappointment free up a usb slot... I opt out from getting a USB 3.0 drive to save up on the limited USB but that plan failed...

    Other people are having the same experience with HD that doesnt have a dedicated power supply.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not power external HD

    • Written by from CLARKSVILLE

    Forget trying to use this on a portable HD that doesn't have it's own power supply. It will not work. Does not provide enough power.

    29 of 32 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.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Portland

    This can provide only 7W to firewire devices. There are many, many devices that need more than this. You should absolutely check before buying to find out what your devices need in terms of power. Otherwise this is useless, as it is for me more than half the time.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with SL 10.6.8

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I was pleasantly surprised that the adapter worked with my MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard 10.6.8.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, but warm/hot?

    • Written by from Austin

    Works great, nice to have my old FW800 stuff back for my new MBA. However, the adapter and plug at the laptop are really warm and sometimes very hot. Doesn't seem quite right...

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish it had a thunderbolt out port

    • Written by from Menlo Park

    So here I am with my MacBook Air with a mini-displayport-to-DVI adapter feeding my monitor, and I have to unplug the monitor in order to plug in my firewire 800 disk.

    Admittedly, this product was never advertised as a hub, and the price is a heckuva lot better than just about any other thunderbolt product out there, but thunderbolt still has a way to go before I can even do simple stuff that firewire and USB did from the get-go. I don't totally regret my MacBook Air purchase, but Apple hasn't made it easy to love the product.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Compatibility Issues

    • Written by from Peachtree City

    I had no problem using the adapter with external powered Firewire drives. Unfortunately, my bus powered portable Firewire drives (2 different bands) were not recognized and would not boot despite the drives appearing to be powered (LED & spinning disk). I verified the issue on two Macs, a late 2012 iMac and a Macbook Air. Bummer!

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works As Advertised

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    Since purchasing a MacBook Air last summer I have been waiting for the release of one of these. This summer I purchased the new MacBook Pro Retina to replace my 2011 MacBook Pro, so it is helpful to now have FireWire available on both notebooks. USB 3.0 on the new Retina Pro is faster for my external drive (70-90 MB/s) but FireWire is faster than USB 2.0 on my Air (40-50 MB/s compared to 25-30 before), so I will now use that instead. I recommend this product to anyone who still has FireWire devices but wants to use a thinner, more powerful computer.

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Jose

    If you have the new MBPr and firewire products that you use constantly you need this cable! I'm still using my (2) Lacie Rugged 1TB HD's on the field and this adapter helps out a lot! $29 yes please.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Guess my firewire recording equipment isn't paperweights after all!

    • Written by from Fuquay-Varina

    I was beginning to wonder if this was going to be released, but finally! Thank you Apple

    32 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great on MacBook Air (Mid-2011) with two WD My Book Studio II HDD

    • Written by from Houston

    I just received my Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter today by FedEx I order on August 1st. I got two Western Digital My Book Studio II external hard drives daisy chained to the Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter on my 13" MacBook Air (Mid-2011) running OS X Mountain Lion. One of the main reason I like FireWire is that you can daisy chain devices to one port. Speed stays the same unless your using FireWire 400 to 800 adapter or a FireWire 400 device is part of daisy chained devices. FireWire 800 is 100MBps and FireWire 400 is 50MBps. I'm glad it finally came be cause I don't like USB 2.0 at all. Apple designed FireWire and it works great. No complaints or problems. I recommend to all users with MacBook Air models with Thunderbolt port. In my book adding this Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter is like turning your MacBook Air to a MacBook Pro.

    23 of 25 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.

    21 of 22 people found this useful