13 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2012 10:17 PM by clintonfrombirmingham
mdmirne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I cannot connect my firewire 400 devices to my new mcbook pro retina.  Is there an adaptor that will work with thunderbolt?


MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (41,525 points)

    I don't know about Thunderbolt but you can get a 400 to 800 Firewire adapter which will allow you to connect 400 FW to the 800 Firewire jack on your MBP.

     

    Allan

  • 2. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    Apple announced a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter a couple of weeks ago, but one has yet to appear on their website.

     

    When it does you can use one of the FW 800 to 400 adapters already available.

     

    I use this one: http://store.apple.com/us/product/TW748LL/A

  • 3. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,430 points)

    Allan Eckert wrote:

     

    I don't know about Thunderbolt but you can get a 400 to 800 Firewire adapter which will allow you to connect 400 FW to the 800 Firewire jack on your MBP.

     

    Allan

    I believe that the Retina MBP does not have a FW port, a Thunderbolt to FW800 adaptor is (virtually) available though.

  • 4. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    gooru2u Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    FW800 adapter is no good to a person using the new MBP with retina, as it only has thunderbolt and USB, so what are us users with firewire 400 devices that aren't that old going to do with these devices?  Doesn't seem to me that there's going to be an adapter that is FW400 to TB, so don't buy the MBP with retina I guess.

  • 5. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,430 points)

    gooru2u wrote:

     

    FW800 adapter is no good to a person using the new MBP with retina, as it only has thunderbolt and USB, so what are us users with firewire 400 devices that aren't that old going to do with these devices?  Doesn't seem to me that there's going to be an adapter that is FW400 to TB, so don't buy the MBP with retina I guess.

    There are plenty of FW 800 to FW 400 adaptors currently available, so it is not a problem after all.

  • 6. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    gooru2u Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, so what your saying is we'll need to have multiple adapters to eventually get what we need which in this scenario will be Thunderbolt.  My only concern now is, will this cause issues for compatibility with the device being connected, having many adapters.  I'm using an Audio Interface for music recording, so could be a costly chance to take.  Still a little peeved at Apple for making such a HUGE transformation so quickly and leaving some of us older users in the dust.  I switched over to Mac from windows, but may have to go back just to be able to use my current gear that isn't cheap to replace.

  • 7. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,430 points)

    gooru2u wrote:

     

    Ok, so what your saying is we'll need to have multiple adapters to eventually get what we need which in this scenario will be Thunderbolt.  My only concern now is, will this cause issues for compatibility with the device being connected, having many adapters.  I'm using an Audio Interface for music recording, so could be a costly chance to take.  Still a little peeved at Apple for making such a HUGE transformation so quickly and leaving some of us older users in the dust.  I switched over to Mac from windows, but may have to go back just to be able to use my current gear that isn't cheap to replace.

    What I am saying is that there are perfectly usable adaptors available, if you choose not to use them that is your problem.

  • 8. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    toasterlamps Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You don't even need multiple adapters.  Just the TB to FW800 (when it comes out).  Everytime I buy a new external hard drive it comes with an extra FW800-FW400 cable that I just end up throwing into a box of cables.  I probably have 10 of those floating around my house and use only one for an old FW400 drive i still use occasionally and another for my ProTools MBox 2.

     

    Never had a problem with compatibility.  I'm assuming once the TB-FW800 adapter is out, it'll be just like Firewire was always there.

     

    There's no reason to freak out man.  Firewire, like most modern technology, is backwards compatible.  I'm sure you can find a FW800-FW400 cable on amazon or monoprice for less than 5 bucks.  Or find someone like me who has 10 of them, still plastic wrapped in a random bin of cables.  Or just buy a new G-Drive (they almost always come with that cable)

     

    Why by a 800-400 adapter when you can just get a cable with both ends already on it?

     

    I can't stand it when people complain about technology improving.

  • 9. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    gooru2u Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thx for the tip toasterlamps.  I opened the box to my external HD and sure enough there was a FW400 to FW800 cable in there.  So far it's working like a champ with my Presonus Firebox.  The thing that everyone is missing in this original post though is the missing Firewire on the new MacBook Pro with retina.  It's only equipped with Thunderbolt, so having just a cable from FW400 to FW800 isn't going to help with a new macbook.  So what I am taking from all the comments here is, first get yourself from FW400 to FW800, then buy the supposedly adapter for the FW800 to thunderbolt.  If this works then all should be good, now I can still keep making music with and older FW400 audio interface.

  • 10. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    SchmiddyMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately, there's multiple posts here about just converting firewire 800 to 400.  I guess the assumption is that there's a fw port available, but there's not.

     

    Apple says that there will be a cable available in July, but as far as I can tell, there isn't one available yet.  July isn't over yet, so hopefully it will be available soon!

  • 11. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    Dispencer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a similar problem -- TB on MacBook Air to FW -- July is almost over, and leaving on a trip in 36 hours -- can't take my Air

  • 12. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    jordoapp Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Hey MDMirne,

     

    Hope all is well. I am trying to figure out a similar situation to get some footage from a DV camcorder onto my new MacBook Pro Retina Display. Here's one solution:

     

    The Apple ThunderBolt display.  It contains a FireWire800 port and as we know connects to our Thunderbolt enabled devices. This may be a $999 + tax solution but it does seem to be one that could work immediately.

     

    I will drop another line if I find a solution for FireWire to USB 2.0. (Our USB 3.0's are backwards compatible... and I doubt a FireWire 400 to USB 3.0 will be available).

     

    Jordan

  • 13. Re: how do i connect firewire 400 devices?
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,655 points)

    Just saw a post in another thread where Tim Cook supposedly said that the Thunderbolt>FW800 adapter will be out in a "couple of days". The OP could use that adapter with a FW800>FW400 cable and be in business.

     

    BTW - I'm getting the Apple Thunderbolt Display for my late 2011 MBP next week - can't wait to see how it functions!

     

    Clinton