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Gilbert Daspit
Need dependable method for connecting Firewire hard drives to 2016 MacBook Pro
on May 9, 2017 at 1:17:41 pm

I use FCPX on a Mac Pro desktop computer. I'd like my organization to purchase a 2016 MacBook Pro laptop so I can use FCPX away from the office. We've been using firewire external hard drives for video storage in our editing process. Since there are only Thunderbolt 3 receptacles on the 2016 MacBook Pro, I need an adapter to connect the firewire hard drives holding my video.

Apple recommends connecting two adapters together to do the job: Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter connected to a Thunderbolt 2 to Firewire adapter. This isn't the most elegant seeming solution but I'll do it if it works. Has anyone had experience doing this -- is it a reliable method?


Thanks to anyone who can help.


P.S.: I realize OWC is coming out with a Thunderbolt 3 dock that will handle Firewire but I'm not sure if it's shipping yet. Also, it's an extra $300 and it operates off A/C power from what I've read which takes away some of the functionality of a laptop that can operate off battery.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Need dependable method for connecting Firewire hard drives to 2016 MacBook Pro
on May 9, 2017 at 3:25:20 pm

New Thunderbolt 3 drives are $100/TB now- perhaps your org can kick in a few in top of the MBP and cover the bases?

Noah

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Gilbert Daspit
Re: Need dependable method for connecting Firewire hard drives to 2016 MacBook Pro
on May 9, 2017 at 3:56:24 pm

Thanks for the reply, we'll probably start using Thunderbolt 3 drives. I get the impression Apple went all in on the Thunderbolt 3 (which I believe uses the USB-C receptacle) because that's the connector of choice for all kind of devices and storage.
However, I still have footage I need to work with on firewire drives, does anyone know if Apple's suggested connection (above) will work dependably?

Thanks again.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Need dependable method for connecting Firewire hard drives to 2016 MacBook Pro
on May 9, 2017 at 4:23:28 pm
Last Edited By Noah Kadner on May 9, 2017 at 4:23:46 pm

Sure it's a pile of dongles- but it works.

Noah

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Rikki Blow
Re: Need dependable method for connecting Firewire hard drives to 2016 MacBook Pro
on Jun 8, 2017 at 7:29:18 am

yep the two adapters in a row have been working absolutely fine for me here - loads of legacy firewire drives needing connecting to my 2016 touch bar jobbie.


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