Since the introduction of Thunderbolt as a port in 2011 Macs, Apple has slowly phased out its previous high-speed connection, FireWire. Now, with the release of the Late 2013 Mac Pro, only one shipping Mac model – the Mac mini – still has this connection.
While Thunderbolt promises even faster throughput and simplified connectivity, the loss of the FireWire port may leave the many users who upgrade their Mac – but still have useful legacy FireWire external hard drives and other peripherals – out in the cold. Luckily, OWC has the solutions you need to maximize your FireWire investment.
The Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter enables you to easily connect up to 63 externally powered FireWire 800 devices to your Thunderbolt port-equipped computer. The FireWire 800 port even provides up to 7W of power for your bus-powered external hard drive solution needs.
Users can also benefit by adding a ½ length FireWire 800 PCIe card to a Mercury Helios Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis for access to more than one FireWire port. And as the Mercury Helios features two Thunderbolt ports, you still have the option of adding additional Thunderbolt-capable devices alongside your FireWire accessories. This is especially handy if you’re using, for example, a MacBook Air that has only one Thunderbolt port.
Either way, OWC can help you get the most life out of your FireWire accessories.
And if you’re looking to make the switch to Thunderbolt solutions with your Mac, OWC has external drives and more at our Thunderbolt Central.