Firewire 800 drive chain

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by telecomm, May 8, 2008.

  1. telecomm macrumors 65816

    telecomm

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    Now that I've got a MBP I'm thinking of getting a FW800 external drive. I've currently got three FW400 drives in a chain, so I'm wondering whether I'll be able to connect to a new drive via FW800 and then chain the old drives through the new drive.

    Anyone done this or know if it works?
     
  2. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Works great.

    I have a Western Digital MyBook 750 connected via FW800 to my iMac and then a Maxtor OneTouch 500 connected to the MyBook via FW400.
     
  3. MacAodh macrumors regular

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    From what i know there shouldn't be a problem... but not 100%
     
  4. telecomm thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Cool, thanks. I've got two MyBooks (500 and 250) and a bus-powered notebook drive in a case in a FW400 chain right now. You can't have too much HD space!
     
  5. catachip macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty sure this wont work. You are trying to go: computer-->Firewire 800-->Firewire 400, right?

    I'm almost certain that you can only daisy chain FW400 and FW800 drives, one or the other. Anyone else?
     
  6. Consultant macrumors G5

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    There are cables that goes from 400 to 800 and vice versa, so it will work.

    However, I would connect 400 devices to the 400 bus and 800 devices to the 800 bus.
     
  7. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    Chaining the drives will work fine assuming you have the proper 9->6 cables (also assuming the FW800 drive lacks a 6 pin port). The only downside is that the FW800 drive will switch into FW400 mode so it will run a bit slower.
     

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