Noob Question about Firewire

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xvolcomx88, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. xvolcomx88 macrumors newbie

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    This is my first mac so please bare with me. I got a Lacie external HDD with only firewire connection. Problem is that the firewire cable that came with it does not fit into the MBP firewire port. Can anyone tell me exactly the firewire port on the MBP is called (9-pin, 6-pin, 4-pin?) and maybe identify the cable i have. Is this one i need? Thanks in advance.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/New-6FT-9-PIN-to-6-PIN-BILINGUAL-FIREWIRE-800-400-CABLE_W0QQitemZ290282395295QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCA_Cables_Adapters?hash=item290282395295&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    If it doesn't fit, it's not a FireWire port. All three sizes fit unless you have the newest MacBook Pro.

    If you have a non unibody, you have a six and you have a nine. Get either a six, nine, or four.
    If you have a unibody, you have a nine. Get either a four or a nine.
     
  3. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    Only the 6-Pin and 9-Pin fit in MacBooks. If you have a new MacBook Pro (unibody) you will need to get an adapter or cable that goes from a 9-Pin to whatever size you have on the external hard drive. If you have an older MacBook you're going to want to get a 6-Pin cable.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    4-pin 400 is backwards compatible with 9-pin 800.
     
  5. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    But you still need an adapter to plug it in, or do you mean something else?
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No, you just plug the 4-pin plug into the 9-pin port. In the center.

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    Okay, what the crap. It doesn't work...
     
  7. xvolcomx88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry i didnt clarify. I have a unibody MBP. So it looks like i need a 6-pin to 9-pin cable. Thanks.
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Pretty soon you won't be able to use that HDD at all if it only has FireWire. Enjoy it to the fullest while it lasts.
     

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