Will Firewire 400 to 800 cable work?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by neal1984, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. neal1984 macrumors newbie

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    I have a Lacie hard drive with Firewire 400 ports but no 800.

    I just got one of the new MacBook Pros that only has Firewire 800.

    Will it work to simply get a cord with one of each adapters to connect them to each other? Or do I need something like this:
    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/fw_adapter.html

    ??
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    an adaptor would work perfectly :):) no need to buy a change over cord, and its cheap!
     
  3. JasonA macrumors member

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    That adapter would probably work, but it's $15. You can get a 9-pin to 6-pin or 4-pin firewire cable for $5 on monoprice.com. Plus firewire adapters can be funky when used with video cameras and susceptible to static shock.
     
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. So to the OP, either will work- a 2 piece solution using your existing cable plus a $15 adapter or a single piece solution FW400-800 cable for $5.
     

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