Hardware :: External Firewire 400/800, USB & Esata Hard Drive Enclosure Options?

Nov 6, 2010

I have a 2010 macbook pro with snowleopard on it & have a 7 port ac powered usb hub hooked up to it. If I plug in 1 or more external hard drives into the hub & have them working together/transferring files, will there be a big slowdown?right now my hard drives are in just usb 2.0 enclosures. Would it be worth upgrading their enclosures to firew wire - esata? would I feel a performance difference?


OS X :: Firewire 400 Vs 800 - External Hard Drive Solutions

May 21, 2010

I have a few macs running Tiger and Leopard and do not have a hard drive that is filled to more than 20GB of the capacity. Looking for external hard drive solutions. I have found a couple of very good drives that only have FW 400 and USB 2.0, one in particular is a older model G-Drive 500GB for $50 that is supposed to be quite reliable. These drives are being blown out due to newer ones have esata and fw 800. Would I see a difference in speed cloning or backing up to a a fw 400 drive even if I get a newer mac that only has fw 800 ports and I use a 400-800 adaptor? The better drives are faster 7200 RM vs the slower 5400 drives, mostly portable that I have been looking at. I have been reading posts that for applications such as mine I would not see a difference. For the most part I use the computers for office related tasks including Word, Excel etc with not much else, although I have some different utility programs. I just want a bootable drive should my hard drive fail. I use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my drives. My main comp has two drives where the primary is cloned to a secondary, but want a external that I can easily plug into a new mac and clone the hard drive in that Mac to my external drive!

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Hardware :: Connect External Bus - Powered Firewire 800 Hard Drive To 400 Adapter

Oct 1, 2008

I'm looking for a way to connect an external bus-powered Firewire 800 hard drive (Glyph Portagig 800) to an iMac which only has Firewire 400 ports, and still powering the drive through just the Firewire connector.

All I've found are Firewire 400 to 800 adapters, allowing Firewire 400 peripherals to be connected to computers having only Firewire 800 ports. I need the opposite of course.
Where can I get such adapters, and without sacrificing bus-power?

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MacBook :: Hard Drive External Enclosure - Firewire And Usb?

Jul 23, 2009

I just got a new hard drive for my Black macbook 2,1 and no i need a good external hard drive to put my old hard drive. Do you guys have any recommendations, I'd like to get something that has firewire and usb.

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IMac :: Firewire 800 Hard Drive Enclosure - Average Speed Drive

Jun 5, 2009

I've been looking at a number of different Firewire 800 enclosures to use with my new Mac Mini and I have seen lots of complaints with almost all the enclosures that I have investigated, including the Newertech MiniStack v3 which I thought should be a good one. A recent enclosure I came across that I haven't seen any bad reviews about is the Icy Dock (MB559UEB-1S). I'd like to know if others are using this and what they think about it. The next question has to do with the type of hard drive to put into the enclosure. Is it worth getting a high performance drive, or will the Firewire 800 interface be the bottleneck even with an average speed drive?

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Intel Mac :: Use Firewire 800 Port To Connect To External Hard-drive Using A USB Micro-B Input?

Jun 9, 2012

I have a late 2009 iMac with Firewire 800 input on the back.  I have a Western Digital Passport external hard drive with USB Micro-B input that I would like to connect to the Firewire (4 USB inputs aren't nearly enough on the iMac). I can't find an adapter to do this. As an alternative, is there an adapter that will convert the Firewire 800 to standard USB2.0?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X :: Firewire 800 Vs 400 On External 5400 Rpm Disk

Jun 26, 2009

I'm planning on buying an external firewire 2.5 disk, and i am wondering if there is any real difference between firewire 400 and 800 if the disk is 5400 rpm speed. The reason i am asking is i cant find the passport studio with firewire 800 anywhere here where i live, only the firewire 400 version.

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Mac Pro :: Esata - Firewire 800 - External Storage

Jul 10, 2008

I am looking for an eSata, Firewire 800, USB external enclosure that has removable trays for two or more hard drives. Specifically I am trying to find one that has the similar apperance of the Mac Pro, aluminum case and such.

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MacBook :: Connect External Harddrive With Firewire 800 To Macbook With Firewire 400?

Feb 8, 2012

I just got the external harddrive "Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 3.0 1TB" with a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Kabel FireWire 800. I have neither a USB 3.0, nor a Firewire 800 on my white macbook (2008). I already know, that it's possible to use USB 3.0 with an USB 2.0 port, but I would like to use it with the firewire to spare the USB port for other devices. My question: Is there an adapter or cable to use the Seagate Firewire 800 with my Firewire 400 port? I don't know, where and what to look for. 

MacBook (13-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X :: External Hard Drive Enclosure Options

Oct 25, 2009

My iMac G5 logic board has died. I am going to get a new iMac 27" core i5 when they become available and want to take my internal hard drive from my G5 and convert it to an external for use as a secondary back up device. I found the ultra ULTA40273 model at tigerdirect.com. Is this a good enclosure?

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MacBook Air :: Have A Firewire 800 External Hard Drive And Need To Connect With It?

Jul 1, 2012

I have a Firewire 800 external hard drive and need to connect to my new MacBook Air.  Where can I get the correct cable?

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Intel Mac :: Put Firewire Connector 400 In The Firewire Port 800?

Jun 22, 2012

can I put firewire connector 400 in the firewire port 800?

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MacBook Pro :: What Is Dual FireWire 400 And Can It Act As A FireWire 800

Jun 27, 2010

I have a somewhat old Seagate FreeAgent external drive (like this).

It has a switchable port controller, one has a USB2 and eSATA and the other has two FireWire 400 ports [URL].

Now, on the FW controller it says "Dual FireWire 400".

What is Dual FireWire 400? And does it implicate that I can use both ports together somehow and get FW800 by that?

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Hardware :: 2.5 External Hard Drive Enclosure - USB 3.0?

Sep 28, 2010

I'm looking into getting an external exclosure...should I stick with good old USB 2.0, or look into getting USB 3? Is it too new to get it? Anyone have one they are currently using?

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IMac :: Alu Imac's Firewire 400 & 800 = 400?

Oct 13, 2009

i have the first aluminum imac and wondering if i use both firewire (400 and 800) ports, then both of their speeds will be limited to 400 mb/s. is that true?

i currently use the 400 port for my western digital drive, which is externally powered as well.

i'm planning to add another external hard drive, using the 800 port.

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OS X :: How To Connect FireWire 400 To FireWire 800

Aug 4, 2009

i just thought it was compatible because it said it was made for the mac and i really wanted to use my surround sound system. So my dilemma is that it came with a firewire 400 cable and I have a firewire 800 port on my mac mini which i bought recently. I've looked for some adapters and I saw one that said it accepts male firewire 400 6 pin and at the other end is a 9 pin firewire 800. it says its designed to connect your firewire 400 cable so it can be used in firewire 800 ports for newer macs. I'm not 100 percent sure what all that means and I didn't want to go buy something without being sure that's what I need.

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OS X :: Firewire 800 Or 400?

Jun 29, 2009

I'm looking in my Mac Info and it shows this under firewire. FireWire Bus: Maximum Speed:Up to 800 Mb/sec. So does this mean when getting an external soundcard i need one capable of 800 as opposed to 400? [URL]

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IMac :: Firewire 800 - Same As 400 Just Better?

Mar 3, 2009

I like to plug my digital camcorder into computer through a firewire 400 cord - will this work on firewire 800? If not what can I do?!

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Hardware :: 2.5" USB External Hard Drive - Which Enclosure Used As Power Supply?

Sep 7, 2009

I'm looking at buying a 500gb external hard drive, and the actual drive itself can only be Western Digital (I won't touch any others, not even Seagate).I can get a 500gb Western Digital Passport for $119.99 CAD in black with the enclosure of course: click hereMy other option is to buy the drive separately, the Western Digital Scorpio 500gb for $99.99 CAD: click here and a cool case of my liking off eBay for about $13 CAD: click hereNow, my question is this; does it matter which case I use in order to make sure the drive is able to be powered with only 1 USB port? I've heard some notebooks dont give enough juice to certain usb ports and would require a y-splitter to use two usb cables in order to power it (im guessing netbooks would probably suffer from this). I remember trying to use a 2.5" lacie external with the orange rubber padding around it, connected it to the front port of a Powermac G5 1.8ghz and it wouldnt mount, unless it was connected to one of the usb ports on the back of the machine.

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OS X :: New IMac - Firewire 800 To 400 Not Working?

Nov 28, 2010

I finally decided to get a new 27" iMac in order to release the old G4 from it's pain.
What I wasn't aware of tho, was that there's no firewire 400 port on it anymore, which I need for all my peripherals (scanner, hard drives, etc.)

I bought a firewire 800 to 400 adapter, and while everything fits physically, there's no connection. The iMac refuses to find any hardware I connect to it...

I don't have anything that uses firewire 800, so I can't do a proper diagnostic. Thought I'd ask you people if you have any idea what might be the problem?

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OS X :: Esata To Firewire 800 Adaptor?

Jan 25, 2009

Is it possible to make an adaptor to connect an Esata Cable to a Firewire 800 Connector ?

i would like to connect my Esata Harddrive to a Firewire 800 port..

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Hardware :: External Firewire 400 Hard Failing To Mount

Dec 18, 2008

my friend of mine has a external Seagate 500gb firewire 400 drive. It is used for storing audio for his production studio and so has critical data on it. I was transfering some programs to him and plugged it into my Late 08 macbook pro. Everything went ok. The power cable came slightly loose which cause the lovely 'you failed to eject disc properly' error. It then would not mount on my macbook or his G5 (single 2ghz). We tried three different cables. Tried to see if Disk Utility would see it, nope. His other firewire drive mounts fine on both machines as does mine. The Seagate drive can be heard spinning up when the power is turned on. Seems to be a dead Firewire interface on the drive enclosure itself as nothing will mount when using the drive to daisy chain. I was thinking of opening the enclosure and installing the drive as a standard sata internal to get at the data. Warranty doesn't matter just the data.

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MacBook Pro :: How To Change The Firewire Speed From 800 To 400

Apr 18, 2012

I have a Mackbook pro and I need to set the firewire speed to use a camera which works with 400 Mhz, in my mackbp the system info sayd 800Mhz.How can I change the firewire speed?

Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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MacBook :: Cloning HD - Need FireWire Or USB Enclosure For The New Drive?

Sep 20, 2010

I just purchused a Hitachi 500GB Travelstar internal HD to replace the 250GB HD and I have a few questions about the directions on cloning. Do you need a FireWire or USB enclosure for the new drive? Do can you use disk utility or do you have to use a program like carbon copy cloner or super duper?

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Power Mac G5 :: 400 & 800 Firewire Ports Are Not Working?

Dec 2, 2007

3 times in the last week, my 400 & 800 firewire ports are not working. I am using a firewire hub with several external drives. I unplug everything, reboot and then they work. anyone know what is going on?

Power Mac G5
Mac OS X (10.4.2)

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MacBook Pro :: FireWire 400 And 800 - Externals Not Shown After Wake Up

Sep 26, 2010

Woke up my laptop from sleep with the 400 port connected to a video deck and the 800 port connected to a raid and a simple external. Power was 'off' on the video deck, power was on for the raid and the simple external HD. Running snow leopard, my externals weren't showing up, no matter what I tried, including power cycles, reboots, unplug/plug, etc. Then for some reason I removed the cable in my 400 (connected to the unpowered deck) and with all else being an original configuration, both my of externals showed up in the finder.

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Power Mac :: G5 2004 Are The 400 And 800 Firewire Busses Interconnected?

Mar 15, 2012

When I plug in a DV camera to the 400 firewire buss and go to system profile/firewire, the DV camera doesn't show up.....but, when I turn the firewire hard drives off (pull their power) thus disconnecting them from the 800 firewire buss, the DV camera shows up.... 

If I have my firewire external drives connected to the 800 firewire port, and the DV camera connected to the 400 firewire port sometimes (not often) the the dv camera works, most of the time it doesn't..The only way I can get the dv camera to work is to disconnect the firewire hard drives from the computer then all is good in the land of "MAC)..

G5, Mac OS X (10.3.x)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Mixing Firewire 800 And 400 On An IMac?

May 6, 2012

I have 2 external FW 400 drives on my late 2011 iMac. I use an 800 to 400 adapter. I've been thinking of getting a new external drive from OWC. The have both 400 and 800. The 800 case has 2 800 connectors and one 400. Does it make sense to mix? Will they all run at the slowest in the chain? 

I was thinking of connecting the 800 directly to the iMac using the built-in 800 connection. Then chaining from there using the 400 connection to the other existing 400 external drives. Will I actually get 800 speed on the first drive? 

iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 12GB RAM, iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4s

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MacBook Pro :: Performance Of ESATA Over PCIE Vs. Firewire 800?

Jun 13, 2010

Does anyone know how the performance compares between (1) an external hard disk connected with eSATA, through a PCIE card, and (2) the same disk connected directly to Firewire 800? Is there some data about this?

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MacBook :: Connect An ESATA Card Or FireWire 800 To 2008?

May 31, 2012

I have a late 2008 12" MacBook with a FireWire 400 slot (only).  I am hooking up an 8TB Raid hard drive to it for digitizing, backup and editing on FCP 6 and would like to have a higher speed available than the laptop's FireWire 400 provides.  Is there a way to augment/build out the MacBook to utilize either a FireWire 800 slot or an eSATA EC2 card?  I don't think this version of the MacBook (MacBook4,1) has a PCI or PCIe card slot.  Although I believe it may have a mini-PCIe card somewhere, as the last page of the Users Guide says (under Europe—EU Declaration of Conformity):

"Hereby, Apple Inc. declares that this 802.11a/b/g/n Mini-PCIe card is in compliance with the R&TTE Directive."

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Dup

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Hardware :: MyBook External Hard Drive - USB Or Firewire?

Mar 22, 2009

I am in need of an external hard drive for backups of my new 24" iMac due to arrive on Wednesday March 25. I am moving from the PC works (old Dell) and will need something larger than the old one I have for the long term. I have an old external hard drive case and a 250GB ATA hard drive inside I can use for the time being with the new Mac if I reformat it.

That said, I would like to get a drive that is at least equal to what is in the iMac with is 1 TB. I have read a lot of postings and believe I will get a Western Digital MyBook for Time Machine backups (unless someone has a better alternative). Is there any reason to get the Studio 1 or II (FW 800) over the Essential (USB 2.0) for my purposes - backups only? The price difference is $40-80 for equivalent drive space with connections being the difference.

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Mac Pro :: Front Firewire 400 And 800 Ports Abruptly Quit Working?

Jan 31, 2010

My front firewire 400 and 800 ports abruptly quit working. THe backs work fine. I've tried two different video cameras and an external hard drive and according to system profiler none are recognized and none are accessible.

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Intel Mac :: Firewire 400 Camera Doesn't Work With 800 Port?

Jun 26, 2012

I have a firewire 400 camera that i'm using for a project and one firewire 800 slot on my iMac (Late 2009). When I plug the camera in, nothing responds no matter what I do - tried resetting the PRAM and SMC. Compare this to my older iMac (Late 2007) which has both firewire 800 and 400 ports. I plug it in and it pops up using the underlying Quicktime controller api on either the 800 or 400 port no problem. So I figured after trying to install a firewire camera library (libdc1394) which I need for my project which didn't work, that it must be a hardware issue, so I took it to the Apple store. The genius at the store booted the OS (Lion) from a firewire drive via 400 to 800 cable (no external power to the f/w drive was used) and then using the spare 400 slot on the hard drive, he plugged (daisy chaining) in my camera and it loaded! So this suggested 2 things - my OS is corrupt or my card can't read straight from my device but why a hard drive in between would change this is beyond me. I came home and installed OS X on to an external USB hard drive and loaded up from it - so this is a fresh version of Lion, there should be no software issues. Plug the camera in to the I/O board of the iMac but load the OS from the external USB hard drive - nothing happens, the profiler doesn't detect anything at all. On a side note, I installed XP and Ubuntu Linux and they also can't detect it, which further suggests its the device or I/O board when interfacing directly with this camera. I've tried providing the devices with external power, daisy chaining 2 cameras, using a usb hub....nothing works. Just for good measure, I tried to boot Lion off the external USB on my older iMac and again, it worked no problem, which to me really narrows it down to the hardware. 

I feel like perhaps the port is a bit dodgy and when the genius daisy chained it, it worked better, but no idea why. Someone said I should get a firewire 400 to usb adaptor

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Hardware :: Finding Firewire 800 Multiple HDD Enclosure?

Dec 12, 2009

I'm trying to find a hard drive enclosure that can take multiple hard drives, not in raid that has a firewire 800 interface.

I've not had any luck finding such a beast so far.

Does anyone know if one exists?

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MacBook :: Use USB External Hard Drive's Firewire Ports?

May 3, 2009

If I connect my Western Digital 500 GB external hard drive up to a computer using the USB port, then can I daisy chain a firewire camcorder to the hard drive and use it with the computer? Or is that impossible?

I hate the fact that the Macbooks don't have firewire, other then the white one. or the Pros.

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