USB-C to FireWire 800

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by themediadude, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. themediadude macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2017
    What is the best way to connect a USB-C to FireWire 800 drives without using two dongles or a dock?
  2. MrUNIMOG macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
    Hamburg, Germany
    Taping two dongles together to make one dongle.
  3. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Extract the drives from the FW800 enclosure - if they're SATA drives put them in a USB-C or USB3 enclosure. If they're old parallel ATA drives - time to buy new drives.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    There -isn't- "a better way".
    Your choices:
    - use a "double-dongle" setup
    - use a dock with a firewire800 port
    - take the drives out of the firewire enclosures and use them with a USB3 enclosure, USB3/SATA docking station, or USB3/SATA "dongle/adapter"
  5. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    To my knowledge, there is no way to do this. With the retina MacBook with legacy USB (type-C) 3.1 gen 1, I do not think there is any solution, adapter, dock, or series of docks/adapters that can be used to connect to a FireWire 800 drive at all. With the 2016-2017 MacBook Pro that supports Thunderbolt 3, the OWC TB3 dock or a TB3-->TB2 + TB2-->FW800 adapter are the options I am personally aware of. Replacing the enclosure may be more economical, unless it is a very high-end specialty enclosure, or a long chain of very pricy FW enclosures.
  6. themediadude thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2017
    Any HD enclosures recommendations? Maybe I can swamp them out?
  7. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    What drives do you have? (brand - 2.5 or 3.5 - SSD or HDD)?
    How many drives do you have?

    I've become a huge fan of the Oyen Digital enclosures for my 2.5-inch SSDs and HDDs, which I am using in the USB-A, USB-C, eSATA/USB-A, and eSATA/USB-A/FW800 variants. This is the USB-C version - there are much cheaper alternatives in the $10-20 range, but these enclosures do the MBP's quality justice IMO. They are, IMO, comparable or superior to most enclosures that G-Technology and LaCie use.
  8. themediadude thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2017
    I have three G-Tech drives that are 3.5 and two more G-Tech mini drives that are 2.5 HDD

    Anything for the 3.5?

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