Firewire (400) card + Firewire target disk mode???

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Loa, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    I was convinced that I'd find an answer to this question on the forum, but even mroogle couldn't help me... :)

    I often have to use firewire target mode with my wife's MacBook (or friends' computers), and most of them only have firewire 400 ports. My new mac pro only has firewire 800 ports (which I find completely insane, considering the very useful FWTDM and the near ubiquity of FW400 on Macs...).

    Since FW400 PCI cards are so cheap (at least those on eBay), I thought it would be easier to install such a card in my Mac Pro.

    But the question remains: can all FW400 cards allow the target mode?

    Thanks

    Loa
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    What is wrong with a Firewire 800 to 400 cable? 800 is twice the speed of 400 btw.
     
  3. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Absolutely nothing. But the prices on some FW400 cards are only a few $ more than a cable... I was going to buy a cable, but I'd find it "cleaner" with a card.

    Loa
     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    You can have a cable, which you know will work, or you can have a card, which you will have no idea if it will work or not. You will still need a cable even with a card, so no advantage there.
     
  5. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Cleaner?

    A 9-pin to 6-pin adapter just connects the "correct" pins of the FireWire (IEEE1394) bus interface together. How is that "unclean"?
     
  6. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    I already have a FW400 cable, and I already have enough cables lying around...

    Replace "cleaner" with "neater" if you wish...

    Loa
     
  7. Cuda macrumors member

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    Won't work, Target Disk Mode, Only works on Built-In Ports, always has.

    Use the e FW800 to 400 adapter, it's your only choice.
     
  8. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Thanks for the info!

    Loa
     
  9. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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  10. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Hello,

    Update: I got my Firewire 800 to 400 adapter and although I can physically connect the MacBook to my Mac Pro, it won't mount the drive on my desktop.

    The FWTM icon is on the MacBook screen, but nothing happens.

    Any ideas?

    Loa
     

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