Firewire Cable

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MM07, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I have a WD My Home external for Time Machine. It is firewire 400. What cable to I need to get it to my new MBP? 6 pin to 4 pin?

    Thanks for the help.

    edit - Or should I just use USB? I don't think there'd be much difference in speed.
  2. getz76 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    Hell, AL
    If you already have a 6-pin to 6-pin cable, just get a 9-pin to 6-pin adapter.

    Like this SIIG version.

    FireWire in general is much faster than USB 2.0.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Yes, 6 pin to 9 pin. Do not get a 6 pin to 4 pin.
  4. MM07 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    Cool thanks for the link.

    So, Firewire 800 is 9 pin?
  5. izibo macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2004
    Yes, I just purchased a 9pin to 6pin cable from for my new 13" MacBook Pro. I installed an SSD and threw the 250gb hard drive in a firewire enclosure, and all works well. The cable + shipping was under 6 bucks, and the quality of monoprice stuff is hard to beat.

    That reminds me, I need to get a stereo mini jack to optical cable :)

    Edit: here's the link

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