• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No Target Disk Mode, High Voltage Warning

    • Written by from 高雄市

    Working:
    + iPod 4th generation (with PocketDock)
    + iPod 1st generation (FireWire only)
    + DIY FireWire to car charger to USB ports.

    Not working:
    - Target Disk Mode between a Non-Retina 13" MacBook Pro and my Retina 15" MacBook Pro, using the same wire as the iPods but with a 6 pin female to 9 pin male adaptor.
    - Adaptor provides 15V, not 12V power.

    I used the same Belkin FireWire 9 pin to 6 pin wire for Target Disk Mode, but with a 6 pin to 9 pin adaptor to plug into the Non-Retina MacBook Pro. I tried two of those adaptors, but neither of them work on this setup. They both worked before on my Non-Retina 15".

    My Retina MacBook Pro 15" doesn't have enough USB ports, so I use a DIY adaptor to plug in a car charger to my FireWire port, and get a power-only USB port. That works.

    WARNING: The Thunderbolt-FireWire adaptor gives 15V, not 12V. Make sure that your devices are tolerant of higher voltages, or you risk damaging them! This is a serious worry for me. Apple should step down the voltage to 12V, that's the FireWire standard!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works and does not work

    • Written by from Chonburi

    I have 2 external drive:

    A Drobo old generation 4 bay which works beautifully. with the adapter.

    A Western Digital enclosed in a Orico HDD enclosure with all ports under the sun, which does not work with adapter.

    I am not a technical person, but I think some manufacturers use or wire their firewire boxes differently.

    The trick is to find out if the adapter would work BEFORE purchasing it!!!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great... When it works

    • Written by from West Chester

    Ive had the adaptor for three days. I bought it to use my old Lacie Rugged 800/400 USB drive with my rMBP. The drive works fine through my thunderbolt display so I know the adapter is the problem. The computer recognizes the drive half the time. It always spins up, I can hear the drive making noise. I usually either have to restart the computer for it to recognize the drive. It does not work if I simply unplug and replug the drive again. Very disappointing. I wouldn't recommend it overall with its unreliability. When it works though, it is very speedy in copying files to the drive.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Unthinking Design by Apple?

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    As far as I can tell, Apple makes this adapter only in a thunderbolt/male to firewire/female version. So when you use this with your shiny new thunderbolt-enabled device, such as a MacBook Pro, the rather unsightly dongle hangs off the side of the computer. Would be nice if they made an adapter with the opposite configuration that attached to the old firewire peripheral device you wanted to run. I understand that this way you don't have to buy the extra (somewhat costly) thunderbolt cable, but still it seems like an oversight from a company that is usually ultra-sensitive to design details.

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Update your firmware drivers of your harddisk

    • Written by from Breitenbach

    Update your firmware drivers of your harddisk before wasting time with connection problems.
    Many drives are NOT Mountain Lion compatible with the driver instaled on purchase date.

    It worked for me and my 1 year old WD drive.

    Only 3 stars because I hate cable solutions.

    11 of 14 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

    17 of 17 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Firewire drives way slower through adapter

    • Written by from Austin

    It works fine, but if you are currently using a Firewire drive with your non-retina macbook, be aware that using the adapter (required for retina macbook pro) makes the drive much slower, at least for large writes.

    I copied a 32GB file to my WD MyPassport Studio external firewire drive at it took ~30min when copied from a Macbook Retina Pro 15" SSD (via adapter), compared to ~10min when copied from a early-2011 Macbook Pro 15" SSD (which has a much slower internal drive).

    61 of 62 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for data, is dicier for bus-powered devices

    • Written by from Chicago

    The adapter seems to work fine for devices that have their own power supply but i have had mixed results on bus powered interfaces / drives. I've tested the MOTU Ultralite Hybrid mk3 and Iomega eGo. They don't work via bus power. An old FireLite drive works fine via bus power. If you have devices that demand more, you may be SOL. It is a decent solution but isn't a true FireWire gateway.

    521 of 567 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    FInally!!

    • Written by from MANHATTAN

    With a Retina, its been a pain trying to work with just the USB ports.

    Apple talked about this adapter 2 months ago), finally they have released & I can use my FW800 drives again & hook up to my MP.

    Works great only 3 stars as Apple took so long to come out with it.

    11 of 17 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.

    36 of 38 people found this useful