• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Definitely fails to meet the requirements.

    • Written by from EVRY

    Presented to offer an additional Firewire 800 port, it completely fails to do what is possible from the only-one built-in Firewire port (on my mid-2011 iMac) : this product should be removed from selling - simply and very sorry.

    LESS THAN ONE STAR.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt-FW800 adapter keeps ejecting my drive without permission

    • Written by from Toronto

    Bought the adapter a few months ago to use my old LaCie 2big FW800 RAID units with my new Thunderbolt iMac and they keep ejecting without my authorization popping up a warning to properly eject drive before disconnecting. If I try with just one drive there is no problem however daisy chaining two FW800 dives to the end of a Thunderbolt drive will not work. Tried everything and my 2big drives have no problem with my Mac mini's FW800 port. The adapter is not a well designed product and in my experience will not function as advertised in a stable reliable manner.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Used to digitize DV with Final Cut Pro X over Firewire into a MacBook Pro

    • Written by from Féricy

    I used the Thunderbolt to FW adapter to connect a MacBook Pro to my Sony PD100 (from 2001) and it worked first time. The adapter offers FW 800 female so I used an 800/400 cable into a hard disk then another FW cable out of the disk and into the camera. I even have control of the camera from the MBP.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Powers my portable hard drives!

    • Written by from Antioch

    I almost didn't get this cause of all the bad bus power reviews but gave it a shot. For my hard drives (several different brands) it works PERFECT. Could be my imagination or the fact that I now have a faster computer, but if anything my hard drives seem even faster now.

    I haven't tried daisy chaining anything together but I get plenty of power and speed from 1 hard drive at a time. I hope maybe that helps some people.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pulls out of iMac

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    The other day, my work came to a halt while trying to transfer some video. I pulled out cables, changed monitors and even replaced the input source. Finally I turned the iMac around- to find that the problem was that the Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter had pulled out and way laying on the desk.

    Of course it is simple enough to insert this back into the computer, but unless you know this is a problem and go to the adapter first, you may have a long process of diagnosing why there is no signal coming into the computer.

    Apparently, even the slight weight of the hanging adapter on the short cord is enough to pull it out of the computer- especially if it is rotated to show something to a client or other worker. If the cord on the adapter were about 6-8 inches, it would permit the end to sit on the desk without any stress on the Thunderbolt plug. But it is not made that way. This has now happened to us about four times in the last six months- everyone using the machine has had this problem.

    My preferred fix would have been to get a 3 foot Thunderbolt male to female extension cable. This would permit the whole adapter to sit flat on the desk with no stress on it. So far I cannot find a Thunderbolt male to female cable. It is one of those, or I have to get out the duct tape and try to tape the adapter to the computer.

    Otherwise, the adapter works flawlessly.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Did the Trick for me

    • Written by from Easton

    My new Mac mini has only Thunderbolt ports and the iOmega (2TB) and Western Digital (3TB) drives I used with my old Mac min are Firewire 800. My goal was to transfer this data to my new Thunderbolt drives. I was able to accomplish the task with no problem using this adapter although speed was something less than 50Mb/Sec. Perhaps if I planned to use this full time, or needed bus power, I might only rate it 3 Stars.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Focusrite Sapphire 40 soundcard

    • Written by from Nivelax

    Yup, it doesn't work with the Focusrite Sapphire 40. I have the Adapter and my 800 to 400 Firewire cable. I can't get it to connect no matter what i do. :(

    It wasn't a cheap soundcard and has lot of ports. Will have to buy a new one. USB probably because the Thunderbolt ones are pricy...

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  • 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!!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    Planned Obsolescence! THERE IS NO BUS POWER. Why would one develop a device that does half the job? Deadly for pro photographers with firewire gear. Apple (normally makes a good product) has dropped the ball this time and left many with lots of wasted time. No solution with firewire and new Mac computers.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised!

    • Written by from Reno

    This was the solution I needed to get iMovie to recognize my Canon GL2 mini DV camera. iMovie controls work. All is well.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Canon HV20 mini DV camcorder

    • Written by from Bethany

    I have a Canon HV20 mini DV camcorder which uses a 4 pin FireWire (400) port to transfer to a computer. I successfully used the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter to capture my video. I used a 4 pin to 9 pin FireWire cable from the camcorder to the adapter (9 pin is the 800 FireWire standard). When I plugged this setup into a new MacBook Pro (running Yosemite), I simply launched iMovie and pressed "Transfer" and it captured the mini DV video perfectly. As an aside, I first tried this out at my local Apple store Genius bar using their in-house adapter, which was really great. Kudos to Apple's Genius bar for allowing me to confirm if the adapter was going to work.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced

    • Written by from CARLTON

    The price of this is ridiculous, I needed it for target disk mode and nothing else. What a disgusting waste of money. Typical Apple.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    • Written by from NEWTOWN

    I bought two of these apprehensively due to quite a few bad reviews. I use mine for a presonus firestudio project audio interface and a 1TB firewire 800 G-Drive and they work perfectly.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with PreSonus Firebox soundcard

    • Written by from Helsinki

    Really disappointed since I can't think out any way how to use the soundcard anymore, unless Usb to Firewire works? This adapter will not be of any use.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flaky

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I shouldn't have to think about a simple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter, but the connection is very shaky. I have a FireWire 800 cable that has been connecting my external drives to an older iMac for over two years. No problems. It just lay there and did its job. Then I got a new iMac with Thunderbolt. Now, no matter how much I adjust the connections of the FireWire cable to the adapter, or the adapter to the iMac, or the FireWire cable to the external drives, the drives regularly drop off of my Desktop, just disappear with an error message. Then I have to play with the connections before the drives appear again. Time machine backups frequently fail, due to the backup external drive disappearing. Where is the problem, Apple?

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with a couple of caveats

    • Written by from Manningtree

    I bought this to connect my Presonus Studiolive 16.0.2 desk to my new 15" Macbook Pro. The Presonus only has firewire 400 ports, and as you all know, the MBP doesn't have firewire at all. I had previously used a firewire 400 to 800 converter cable with my old 2011 MBP, and I am still using that to connect to this adapter.

    Initially, I was very disappointed, as I couldn't get my MBP to see the Presonus. However, I tried connecting to an old FW400 external hard disk, and that mounted up without any problems. After a bit of experimentation, I discovered that the order in which my equipment was switched on was critical - contrary to instructions on the Presonus website, I had to switch the Mac on first, followed by the Presonus. Once I'd worked that out, everything started working just fine.

    I contacted the Apple and Presonus help desks about this issue, and neither could understand why it should occur.

    So, in summary - now working well, although I must mention that I don't bus-power any of my equipment, but use external power supplies.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked with Sandisk card reader.

    • Written by from PROSPECT HEIGHTS

    I ordered this with the replacement iMac thinking I was pretty sure I had one firewire device among this rat nest of cables. Sure enough it was my Sandisk cf card reader which has been 5 stars for many, many years. I live chatted with Sandisk and they had not tested the reader with the adaptor. I thought I would give it a try. It works!
    This saved me the aggravation of trying to find another card reader that has been this reliable. Yeah I know card readers can be had for less many than this adapter and USB3 may be faster. I just didn't want to give up on a reader that has been this reliable and well made.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It sort of works

    • Written by from ojai

    I have 9 external drives 7200 rpm that I use for a Ki Pro recorder. They are twice as fast on my old Mac Pro (late 2009) over Firewire than on my new Mac Pro (late 2013) with this adapter over Thunderbolt. Black Magic Speed Test comes out with about 50 mb/s average. Odd right? And it's choppy when you transfer. Also my system will not recognize 1 of the 9 drives I have at all. Lastly, if I have two of the drives hooked up to two of the connectors and into separate Thunderbolts, the system will only transfer files on one drive at a time and says "preparing to transfer" on the second drive until the first drive finishes. Really odd.

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  • 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Fine For Me

    • Written by from Burton Upon Trent

    This does exactly what it should. Powers my Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 ok. Perhaps the cable is a little short but it is really well made

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