Any uses for FireWire 800 port?

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  1. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

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    Can the FireWire 800 ports on older MacBook Pros be used for anything today? Is the a FireWire to Usb 2 converter?
     
  2. bgalakazam macrumors newbie

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    hasn't that not been in use since 10 years ago? I remember it last being used in early 2000s with Sony cameras. USB 3.0 kind of killed it completely and 3.1 and C definitely did it.
     
  3. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Sure it can. I use it daily for my Time Machine drive.
     
  4. machenryr macrumors regular

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    I still use FireWire all the time. 400 though. My audio interfaces Metric Halo ULN-8.
     
  5. xb2003 macrumors 6502

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    Of course! It can be used for anything that has a FireWire 800 port.

    I have an older LaCie dual disk drive that only supports USB 2 and FireWire 400 and 800, so I often use FireWire 800 for the extra bandwidth. There is still stuff like Audio Interfaces that use 400.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Firewire can be used for:
    - external drives
    - audio interfaces (very stable way to run them)
    - video

    USB3 has taken much of firewire's "fire" away, but there is still plenty of hardware out there that can utilize it...
     
  7. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    I have several FW800 hard drive enclosures that I use it with.
     
  8. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    A lot of AVL equipment still use FireWire. Namely audio interfaces as mentioned above. I've also got a 2TB WD drive plugged into my 2007 iMac via FW800, significantly faster than USB 2.0, and there's no way to get 3.0 on it so it's the next best thing.
     
  9. dsmedic10 macrumors member

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    I use it for a brand new Focusrite audio interface, firewire 400 (using 800-to-400 adapter).
     
  10. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I have three FireWire 800 drives to store external media and backups on. It's faster than USB 3 which my MBP doesn't have, and cheaper than Thunderbolt. Win-win really, though if I had a new laptop I'd probably just use USB 3.
     
  11. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    I use FireWire on my Mac Pro for an external disk that I share between it and my Mac mini server.
     

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