Change old fireWire 400 LaCie d2 DVD burner to USB

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by GustavPicora, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. GustavPicora macrumors member

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    Hello.

    A few years back, 2005, I bought a LaCie d2 dvd burner, its only a firewire400 version, now that macs have no firewire 400, I wonder if tis possible to change the interface card to someone that has a usb port. Or is it better to get a FireWire 400 to FireWire 800 cable?


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  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    There is no way to use Firewire peripherals via a USB port: there have been at least 2 threads on here that have confirmed that and done the issue to death.

    Get a Firewire 400<->800 cable.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    Better use a Firewire 800 (9-pin) to Firewire 400 (6-pin) cable, they normally cost less than 10€ and it will be easier than replacing Firewire with USB, which is not that easy.

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  5. GustavPicora thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh I see. I tough you could change the interface as its is an IDE device.
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You could take the drive out of the Firewire enclosure and stick it in a USB one with an IDE interface. But once it's Firewire the IDE bit has absolutely no effect on what you can do. Firewire is Firewire.
     

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