I have a rather old iOmega external hard drive which I'd like to connect to a quite new Mac, but I always get confused by Apple plugs so I have no idea what type of cable do I need.

These are the connectivity options for the hard drive: enter image description here

and these are for the Mac: enter image description here

Any ideas what type of cable do I need for connecting these two?

  • Can you please specify the model of the hard drive you are using? – user310476 Nov 19 '18 at 13:10
  • @DManokhin That no is not needed the pictures of the connectors is sufficient – Mark Nov 19 '18 at 14:20
  • @Mark the picture shows 2 x Firewire 800 connectors, 1 x USB B and 3 x USB A. Are you sure this drive can be mounted via USB, or could the USB connectors just be for a USB hub which is separate from the drive? That's why the model would help. – nekomatic Nov 19 '18 at 14:56

You need an USB B to A cable.

USB B is the type of connector that fits your hard drive. USB A is what you'd call "classic USB" and that fits your Mac.

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Alternatively you can use an Thunderbolt-to-Firewire adapter and then a Firewire cable. This might offer higher speeds. But it's also the more expensive option.

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    Personally, I'd go with the Thunderbolt to Firewire over USB any day. Apple has a dongle available. Short (6") firewire cables here. – IconDaemon Nov 19 '18 at 13:32
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    There is a really good chance that you have a printer somewhere that came with this cable, as it is quire common with USB printers. (but agree, Firewire will be far faster than the old drive's USB 2.0) – cmason Nov 19 '18 at 14:22
  • The USB part might purely be for the hub part and not the HDD? – John Keates Nov 19 '18 at 19:00
  • @JohnKeates can you please tell me what the 'hub' refers to? I'm not sure I understand. – Benjamin Márkus Nov 20 '18 at 10:28
  • This is probably an Iomega MiniMax. This device can connect through USB as well (if I read the specs correctly). – Volsk Nov 20 '18 at 10:36

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