firewire with new macbook

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  1. gooser macrumors 6502a

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    is there an adapter? i have a small fortune invested in firewire hard drives and there's no way i'm going to replace them now or in the future.
     
  2. Joelburman macrumors regular

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    Hahaah good luck! There's hardly firewire --> to regular USB adapters out there to begin with.
     
  3. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    IMO if you need firwire, you are not the target market for this.
     
  4. ParanoidDroid macrumors 6502

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    ZOMG! "This laptop wasn't made for you!"
    Here they come again... :rolleyes:

    By the way, I love the subtile trolling factor in OP's statement.
     
  5. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    It's not for me either, but someone who wants FireWire is kinda asking for a trollish reply. If the MB had one more USB or thunderbolt I might have considered.
     
  6. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Then it's rMBP time for you ;) (although you're still going to need a FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter)
     
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  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    There's plenty of usb to FireWire adapters on the market. Won't be long before there's usc-c to FireWire or even a hub
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    Firewire is dead, Apple is not going to create a brand new dongle just of that. I'd look at maybe a USB to firewire adapter that would plug into the the USB dongle apple does sell.

    The other option is an older or used mac that has a FW port.
     
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  11. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Does USB-C connect to a 3.5" floppy?
     
  12. fisherking macrumors 603

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    sure, u could use an external floppy drive to the usb-to-usb c adapter. better yet, go: floppy drive>scsi>scsi-to-usb>usb>thunderbolt>thunderbolt to usb.
    then in to the adapter for usb c. simple! :cool:
     
  13. chabig macrumors 68040

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    You probably are going to replace them in the future. ;)

    Here are a few serious thoughts, though...

    1) I can't recall ever having seen a firewire case made in the past decade that didn't also have a USB port. Your solution might be as simple as a cable change.

    2) If your hard drives really are that old, the disk mechanisms inside them are probably at real risk of failure and should be replaced anyway. Old hard drives don't hold much data by modern standards. You could probably buy just one new drive with USB 3 that could hold ALL of the data from your previous drives.

    3) If you absolutely want to keep the older drives, you could buy new external USB 3 cases for them.

    4) If you don't want to buy any new hardware at all, keep them attached to your old Mac as a file server and connect your new Mac to them over your wired or wireless network.
     

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