• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Having problems with bus powered drives

    • Written by from Lyndhurst

    I am a video editor. I own many FW800 drives. None of my drives that I use in the field work unless I'm connected to power. This is a major problem for me. When I'm in the field capturing footage and need to offload data to a drive, I have to use my old laptop.

    630 of 720 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to FW 800 to FW 400 adapter does not support Hasselblad cameras

    • Written by from San Lorenzo

    Well dang... A brand new Macbook Pro Retina, new Photoshop, new Lightroom and I bought the 2 adapters recommended by Apple- Thunderbolt to Firewire 800, Firewire 800 to Firewire 400- to dump my 132 meg photographs onto my shiny new 16 GB Ram machine... Say What??
    NO GO!!! Oweeee. I called apple tech support, the guy runs a few PRAM reset programs and then proceeds to tell me to bring my new computer into an Apple store, the nearest one being about 7 hours round trip.
    Let me explain- the Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter works great on my Lacie hard drives. The Firewire 800 to Firewire 400 works great on my older MacBook Pro Firewire 800 port to run the same hard drives. So I guess the adapters are fine.
    So WHY Can't the combination work together to run a powered Firewire 400 drive???
    I am irked as the Apple tech/sales guy who helped me put this computer together told me Apple had the solution when clearly it hasn't been sorted out yet.
    As I said back up there- DANG!!

    106 of 110 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply does not work at all!

    • Written by from Henrico

    I'm on my second TB/FW adapter. With the first, my G-Drives would randomly unmount themselves constantly, sometimes while I was actively using them. After exchanging the adapter, neither of my external drives will mount at all!

    Both G-Drives worked flawlessly through a FW800/FW400 cable on my late-2006 iMac for years, and continue to work flawlessly through USB on my new 2012 iMac, but they're a couple of unresponsive bricks when connected through this useless adapter.

    I've been working with an Apple Senior Advisor for several days trying to resolve this problem, but I honestly believe Apple just has a junk technology they haven't worked the bugs out of yet. Either it's firmware, something in ML, or the hardware in the adapter itself is faulty, but a lot of people are having the exact same problem.

    Very disappointing!

    74 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Firewire 400 if bus power is needed.

    • Written by from Madison

    I have an external FireWire 400 drive that does not require a power supply when connected to either a FireWire 400 or 800 port (with 400 to 800 cable). When I try this Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter with a FireWire 800 to 400 cable, it does not work. Apple should either put this in the description, fix the issue or sell a Thunderbolt to FireWire 400 adapter.

    67 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Bus power is too low. I'm a photographer and need to daisy chain 2 drives on set, without AC power like I did when running firewire in the past. Very poor design that doesn't consider professionals.

    63 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with MiniDV camera

    • Written by from Calgary

    I bought this cable hoping I could get old video off my MiniDV camera tapes so I could edit it in FCPX and then get rid of the tapes. I have the camera turned on and FCPX does not recognize it. The camera does not appear under "Cameras" in the media import. I'll be returning the cable. Guess I'll have to capture using my ancient laptop that has a firewire port.

    60 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Slower than USB 2.0

    • Written by from Baltimore

    Data transfer speeds were significantly slower using this adaptor compared to USB 2.0 to interface with an external HDD.

    58 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with (at least) RAID 0 FW800 drives

    • Written by from Washington

    I'm very disappointed with this cable. For whatever reason, my Late 2012 27" iMac will not recognize the self-powered FW800 externals that I have been working with for years. I'd love to know why.

    49 of 50 people found this useful

  • 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.

    Sincerely,

    A professional user. (not a soccer mom)

    40 of 43 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.

    33 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT WORK WITH iOmega eGO

    • 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

    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.

    28 of 30 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

    underpowered

    • 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.

    27 of 28 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.

    28 of 34 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.

    22 of 23 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.

    22 of 23 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.

    17 of 18 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.

    16 of 17 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.

    16 of 18 people found this useful