Firewire 400 pins?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by feckonastick, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. feckonastick macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone

    Just bought a new iMac and I want to transfer everything from my old G4 imac via a Firewire cable. Can anyone confirm the number of pins on both systems? I can find specs but they don't mention anything about 4 or 6 pins. Can anyone help? :)
     
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  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Macs have never had FireWire 400B (four pins). The current iMacs have FireWire 400A (six pins) and FireWire 800 (nine pins). FireWire 400B is compatible with the port of FireWire 800, but at 400 speeds.

    FireWire 400A to FireWire 400A cables are hard to find, but they're your best bet unless you can get an 800 to 800.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Really? I've got a quite a few of them, mostly as they shipped with Firewire drive enclosures.

    I suppose my statement above should have been: All Macs with Firewire have Firewire 400 with 6 pin ports. Some also have Firewire 800 :)
     
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