Backing up to firewire drive with MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sobnyc, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2011
    Got a new MBA but don't have a drive to back up with Time Capsule. Is there an adaptor that would let me go from USB out on the Air to an input on a pocket firewire drive? Thanks
  2. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2011
    Traveling to Europe with MBA - no wireless at hotel

    Can't use ethernet at hotel on MBA. What options, other than an internet cafe - if avail - might I have? Some in Greek Isles only have ethernet.
  3. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    USB to Firewire converters are quite common. Search amazon or monoprice.
  4. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    Does the drive have USB ports on it? If you're trying to achieve speed by using the FireWire drive and adapt it to USB, you'd be shooting yourself in the foot. Remember the transfer rate will only be as fast as the slowest link in the chain. That link will be USB. So transferring data via USB to FireWire will only go at max USB speed.

    I don't know if there is an adapter from USB to FireWire.

    EDIT: For hotels with no WiFi, you will need to get the Ethernet to USB adapter.
  5. hfg
    macrumors 68030


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    Apple sells a USB to ethernet dongle which will work for you.

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