6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 23, 2011 4:00 AM by marcynewman
marcynewman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I recently tried to use a Firewire to share files with a friend (my computer is from 2007 and hers is new). I discovered that she has no place where I can put the firewire, or at least the one that fits into mine.

 

My question is this: I am about to buy a new Macbook Pro as well, but I need to shift files on this old computer to the new one. How do I do that without a Firewire?

 

Also, if I want to buy a new firewire (if there is one) for this new computer which one do I use?

 

Thank you.


macbookpro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • 1. Re: Fire wire and Macbook Pros
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,690 points)

    Older models may only have FW400 ports although all the Intel MBPs except the first model also had FW800 ports. Most likely you need a FW400 6-pin to FW800 9-pin cable. The new computers have a Thunderbolt and a FW800 port. Don't confuse them as they are different.

  • 2. Re: Fire wire and Macbook Pros
    marcynewman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    That sounds a bit confusing to me. I have a Macbook Pro from 2007. I have Intel in my computer. Is there a clearer way you can explain this to a borderline luddite user?

  • 3. Re: Fire wire and Macbook Pros
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,690 points)

    Not sure what's so confusing. There are two flavors of Firewire. FW 400 that uses a 6-pin connector and FW 800 that uses a 9-pin connector. If your computer only has the former then you can get a conversion cable so you can connect it to a newer computer that only has the Firewire with the 9-pin connector.

     

    An example of such a cable is here.

  • 4. Re: Fire wire and Macbook Pros
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,250 points)

    Here the Firewire 6 pin connector on the left, and the 9 pin on the right (be sure to click on the image to get a full picture, this forum cuts off parts of

    posts to keep its formatting):

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    Here is a cable that can connect between the two types of ports: 

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  • 5. Re: Fire wire and Macbook Pros
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,250 points)

    The only Macs with the MacBook name without any sort of Firewire are the MacBook Airs, and the Macbook without the (Pro) label of a certain age, as mentioned by this tip.  If your friend has a Mac older than 2001, they might not have Firewire either.

  • 6. Re: Fire wire and Macbook Pros
    marcynewman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you so much. This is what I was trying to figure out and the photo made all the difference!