USB to Firewire adapter?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mikebatho, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

    Jun 1, 2004
    Greater Manchester UK
    Ok, so I have a number of memory sticks of varying size and quality, but some of them are painfully slow.

    In all the years I've been using macs, I've never used firewire. Is there any kind of USB to FW device that will speed up my file transfers, or will it still be stunted by the memory stick's capabilities?

  2. flyinmac macrumors 68030


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    USB will still be a bottleneck in that equation. I'm not aware of any such adapter. But FireWire over USB would still be reduced to USB speed.

    I'd actually expect it to be less efficient. They are two very different technologies. There would be a conversion of protocols both directions for every data transfer. So you'd theoretically decrease your performance below USB rates.
  3. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 1, 2004
    Greater Manchester UK
    Ah, ok. I suspected that might be the case. Thanks for clearing that up :)
  4. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    Firewire 800 to a solid state drive will be your best upgrade....perhaps as a boot device?
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

    Feb 20, 2009

    It would help if you told us which Mac you have, what year it was made, and what type of ports are on it...

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