• 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.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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

    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!

  • 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.

    2 of 2 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...

    7 of 7 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me

    • Written by from San Diego

    I read that some people had issues with the adapter not able to powered up their bus-powered portable hard drives and the transferring speeds being slow. Fortunately I have not had those problems. I have a retina display MBP and a WD My Passport Studio FireWire hard drive and have had no issues with the adapter.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for transferring MiniDV tapes

    • Written by from Fishers

    I wanted to transfer my old MiniDV tapes from my HD DV camcorder to my Core i7 MacBook Pro. Given the reviews I wasn't sure if this would work or not, but decided to give it a shot.

    I used the Thunderbolt adapter to connect to a 9-pin firewire cable I got at Fry's, then connected the cable to my Sony DCR-HC65. Worked fine - was able to instantly import the MiniDV movies into iMovie.

    No complaints - worked just as the Firewire connection would have worked.

    42 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Handy adapter to have!

    • Written by from Tucker

    I was probably one of the last people to ever purchase a 17" MacBook Pro =( The primary use of the machine is for using ProTools, and this bandy device allows me to use both my external hard drive and my audio interface. Works great...before purchasing this, I was maxing out the bandwidth of the Firewire port with those two devices connected together. I'd say this is a must have if you require more than one Firewire port, or to add Firewire to the more compact machines such as the MacBook Air.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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

  • 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

    7 of 13 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.

    28 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro Retina to Firewire 800 Blu Ray Drive

    • Written by from TACOMA

    Wow... BluRay on MacBook Pro Retina to LaCee BluRay drive w/Toast11...50GB data storage on a DVD sized package. The Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter makes it happen. Now able to back up my 500 GB hard drive to optical media without taking up cases of DVD's. Makes My MacBook Pro even more usefull. Also great for in-house BluRay production on a Mac. Thanks Apple for the Thunderbolt GB Ethernet Adapter and now this Firewire 800 Adapter.

    57 of 62 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked well for powering my external hard drive.

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    I plugged it into my Lacie rugged HD (the one with the orange rubber cover), and it worked great. Powered it up and transferred files as it should.

    75 of 83 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

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheapest option to use MBA in Target Disk Mode

    • Written by from Westpymble

    This adaptor works as promised. Price is not cheap but reasonable compared to its 50$ or so Thurnderbolt cable. This is the cheapest option to use recent Mac with no FW but Thunderbolt in target disk mode.(assuming you have fire wire cable).

    USB 2.0 vs FW: Previously I used USB 2.0 + MBA set up for photo editing on the go and it was very sluggish. Connecting to same drive via FW800 + Thunderbolt adaptor makes it more workable.(Still some sluggishness for RAW). Some quick transfer speed test showed 1.5-2x faster rate for transferring file. This may be the best adaptor to have for Thunderbolt equipped MBA(with no USB 3) if you want to store a lot of large size file on FW ext hdd and need reasonably quick access.

    One caveat is size and cable thickness. Cable thickness and adaptor size makes it quite a bit rigid and make it difficult to use in tight spaces like airplane etc. It sticks out quite a bit too(as you can imagine from looking at the pics)

    21 of 22 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.

    34 of 36 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.

    25 of 27 people found this useful