FireWire 800/400 9 pin to 6 pin instead of FireWire 400 to 400?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Bessamy, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Bessamy macrumors member

    Bessamy

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    Hello! Still trying to figure out my Mac. Need assistance. I bought a LaCie external hard drive for my MacBook since I have a model foam 2008 (the one with the removable battery). Need space on my MacBook bad. 3 GB left on drive. Since I am still a newbe I put it off as long as I could because I don't understand what to do.

    The guy at best buy was a Mac guy and he said I needed a $30 FireWire 800/400 9 pin to 6 pin cable. But when I opened up the drive to finally do it last night there were 2 cables included one 800 to 800 and one 400 to 400. My MacBook has the 400 slot.

    Do I need the 800/400 9 pin to 6 pin cable? Would it increase the speed over the 400 to 400 cable included with the drive?

    Thanks for any help. I feel so overwhelmed attempting this by myself.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    No, the 6-pin to 6-pin cable will suffice, you don't need a 9-pin to 6-pin cable, as it will not provide more speed, as you are limited by the Firewire 400 6-pin port.

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  3. Bessamy thread starter macrumors member

    Bessamy

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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Thanks so much!

    Crud. I waited till it was too late to take the cable back to even to attempt this. I am a terrible procasternater when it comes to the upkeep of my own stuff. I need to transfer iTunes off my Mac onto the external drive to have space to do anything with it. Since I wasn't confident on how to do it, I keep putting it off.

    Thanks so much for your help!
     

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