• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bit pricey but daisy-chain seemed to work

    • Written by from Bristol

    Just hooked up (daisy-chained) three Western Digital My passport Studio drives using this adaptor. Two of the drives are 1TB while the other is 2TB. My first attempt placing the 2TB drive at the end of the chain resulted in unexpected ejection error message. Then I reversed the order placing the 2TB at the start of the chain (assuming the 2TB draws more power than the 1TB drives). It worked fine. For me this proves the concept as it will be rare for me to operate a chain of three portable drives together at the same time.

    One thing to note: the adaptor does seemed to get a bit warm at the thunderbolt end during daisy-chain.

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As good as my old iMac

    • Written by from Melbourne

    My Firewire 800 Drobo plugs into this adapter and into my new iMac no problem. The drive works just like it always did, as if my Firewire port had never been taken away. Perfect.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what was needed...

    • Written by from West Hollywood

    Very nice product. Works great with my G Drive.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very positive first impressions

    • Written by from WEST BYFLEET

    i was wary of buying this based on other reviews but glad I decided to give it a go.
    I am copying large amounts of data between drives and although my laptop has thunderbolt, nothing else I own does....!!
    I have managed to half my data transfer time by using this adapter with a Firewire 800 cable over the Usb 2 connection.
    I agree that the cable length is on the short side but i have not experienced any issues with the cable pulling out of the thunderbold connection.
    The price is high in my opinion but it functions well and does it's job (or at lease with the equipment i am using).
    Wish Apple would release a Usb 3 variant of this then I would have all my appliance covered for much better transfer speeds.
    In short; I would recommend this item.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!!!

    • 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 *****

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it needs to

    • Written by from Coulsdon

    I read a review which nearly put me off which said this cable fell out easily. That has not been my experience. I leave it plugged in with a firewire cable attached. If it was going to fall out, it would have done by now. I can see how repeated plugging in and out might do that, but not so far. It has done well.

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  • 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

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    All good here in Australia

    • Written by from West Footscray

    All of my WD drives run fine through bus powered and mains connected via this adapter. I have 2 connected now with bus powered and all good, the adapter is a little warm but far from hot as one 1 user I saw mention. So, so far, very good. Maybe because of the late 2012 iMac it's running through, I don't know. Can't fault it so far and speed is running about the same as I remember on mid 2010 iMac through firewire direct feed. Haven't tried running with more than 2 bus powered WD drives yet... one day..

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from Beverly Hills

    I'm using this with a couple of CF card readers:

    1. DLOCK - Works fine when directly connected, the DLock seems to have a problem when daisy-chained through a Lacie HDD (which is powered down) with this device.

    2. GOLD FLASH - Works perfectly directly or daisy-chained.

    Conclusion: The DLOCK may draw more power and so requires other linked devices to be powered up. The Gold Flash is built like a tank and works extremely well with this Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adaptor.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Caution : Bus power is limited

    • Written by from East Lindfield

    For those experiencing problems using bus-powered FW devices with this adapter ...
    The Thunderbolt port supplies only 10W of power
    - the adapter uses about 3W
    - leaving 7W for bus-power

    FW can supply up to 45W
    - power capacity depends on the machine - mileage will vary
    - some machines supply considerably MORE than 7W
    - some Macs specify a *minimum* of 7W
    - which is the SAME as the TB spec

    So ...
    Check the power consumption of your peripheral.
    If it uses more than about 7W, you will probably need to use an external power supply.

    This product is an ADAPTER - not a substitute.

    Apple is not at fault if your peripheral uses more than 7W and doesnt work using ThunderBolt bus power only.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works really well

    • Written by from CASTLE HILL

    I bought this to use with my Seagate FreeAgent GO FW800 drive, and was concerned about other reviews saying it didn't provide enough bus power. I'm pleased to report that this particular drive works flawlessly with this adaptor.

    FYI: it reads at 66MB/sec, and writes at 33 MB/sec

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