Best Options to Connect Firewire 800 External Drives to Macbook Retina

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mattmikulla, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. mattmikulla macrumors newbie

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    My situation: I keep all my photos and Lightroom library on an external Firewire 800 drive with FW 800 backup drives.

    I just purchase the new Macbook Pro Retina and you all know that a Firewire 800 port no longer exists.

    For my working photo catalog I will use a portable USB 3 drive that doesn't require a power cord (bus powered).

    However, I would like to continue to use my Firewire 800 drives for backups.

    What would be the most convenient or affordable option?

    Is there a FW 800 to USB 3 adapter? If so I haven't found too many.

    Anything thunderbolt seems ridiculously expensive at this time.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There will be a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter available in July.
     
  3. mattmikulla thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I just found an article mentioning that.

    When the MBP R arrives I can just use the USB for backups even though they'll be USB2.

    Hopefully the adapter will be affordably priced.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The Apple site mentions that in the MBPR specs:
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    I doubt it will be expensive.
     
  5. TomiY1 macrumors member

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    Does anyone here know if you will be able to daisy chain FW800 devices from one to another out of the Thunderbolt->FW800 adapter (see link below for example)? That way you do not have to use two thunderbolt ports to connect two FW800 drives to the rMBP.

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=420
     
  6. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    The Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter, which was announced alongside the Firewire 800 adapter, is $29. I would expect the Firewire adapter to be similarly priced.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm sure you can, since both Firewire and Thunderbolt allow daisy chaining.
     
  8. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    I expect it to be around the same $30 as the ethernet.

    But I won't send you the difference if I'm wrong!
     
  9. TomiY1 macrumors member

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    Thats what im hoping as well! :) thanks
     

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