i need one more FW800..ExpressCard FireWire 800 Adapter or FireWire800 Adaptor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lyl, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. lyl macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2009
    I plug my HDD in to the FireWire 800 port
    but I need one more to capture the footage.
    So, should I buy a FW800 adaptor or ExpressCard FW adaptor?
    Will it reduce the speed if I plug in the FW adaotor? Is the ExpreeCard adaptor stable?
  2. bay2sacto macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    Does your HD not have 2 FW 800 ports? If it does you can daisy chain the camera off the HD and as long as its also FW 800 there shouldn't be any slowdown. If its FW400 it will still work but the HD will slow to FW400 speed. If not then express card would probably be ya best bet.
  3. lyl thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2009
    thanks for your reply
    my uni mbp has only 1 fw800 port
    but i need 2 since my hdd and handy cam run fw800

    so i should by a fw800 adaptor plugging in the fw800 port?
  4. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    He is saying that most FW hard drives have a second FW port so you can plug the HDD to the MBP and the camcorder to the HDD.

    If you HDD does not have a second FW port then the express card solution would work great.
  5. bay2sacto macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2008
    Exactly. Thats why there's usually only one FW port on MBP's. You can theoretically connect up to 63 devices off of 1 port.
  6. dannomac macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Saskatoon, SK
    Yup. OP should take a look around for a Firewire 800 hub. I know Apple sells them on their web site.

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