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FireWire (IEEE 1394) is an interface standard for a serial bus for high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer. It was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Apple.

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500 GB external hard drive broken after Boot Camp

I am running macOS 10.13.6 on a Mac mini 2011 and I decided to get Windows 8 using Boot Camp. The installation went well, but I couldn't switch back to macOS. On a different question, I got advice and ...
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IEEE 1394 4 Pin Male compatibility (?)

Is a IEEE 1394 4 Pin Male connector compatible with the FireWire port on a Macbook Pro 15" mid-2012 non-retina (MBP 9,1) ?
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Does Mojave 10.14 support core audio FireWire?

I would like to upgrade from high sierra but afraid my mackie 1640i mixer will not be recognized by core audio. Thank you.
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Mac KernelPanic Using FireWire Device

I am using a mid-2010 Mac Pro with the latest Monterey 12.6 using OpenCore. Everything works perfectly except for some Firewire audio mixer I am trying to use (Mackie Onyx 1640i). I am connecting it ...
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Moving an eSATA drive from a Firewire enclosure to a Thunderbolt enclosure

I want to move an eSATA drive from an external Firewire enclosure to a –yet to be purchased– Thunderbolt enclosure and connect it as the same volume. I think it should be possible since it's the same ...
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Does macOS 11 Big Sur support FireWire?

I'm attempting to use legacy FireWire hardware peripherals in macOS 11 Big Sur. Apple has provided an OEM hardware dongle connectivity path that is confirmed working in macOS Catalina: Apple ...
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How to update external iSight firmware?

Apple released several firmware revisions for the external iSight camera: iSight 1.0.3 Update Improved audio performance iSight 1.0.2 Update Improved auto exposure Improved auto white balance ...
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External iSight camera with Apple Silicon Mac?

I'm attempting to use a 2003-era external Apple iSight Camera with an M1 Mac mini via adapters: iSight > FireWire 400 > FireWire 800 > Thunderbolt 2 > Thunderbolt 3 This same adapter ...
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Need to download iMovie '09 on MacBook Pro 16" with iMovie 10

I would like to transfer old Hi8 tapes onto my new MacBook using FireWire. I have an old Digital Sony Handycam and all of the required adapters to connect it to my MacBook USB-C ports. I tried ...
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What is the power output of the FireWire 800 port in the Late 2012 Mac Mini?

The Mac Mini (Late 2012) has a FireWire 800 port on the back. How much power can this FireWire port output? I was only able to find the data speed (800 Mbit/s) on Apple's tech specs page for this Mac ...
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iMovie does not see my Mini DV tapes

I am trying to import Mini DV on my 2020 MacBook Pro. My camera is a 22 year old Sony HDR-HC7E. I have a 400 to 800 Firewire cable, and 2 Apple adaptors - Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt 2 and ...
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Move large files to iPad through Lighting cable

Is there a simple / clever method to move large video files from a NAS => Mac => Firewire => iPad? The goal is speed: preference is to avoid Wifi. Assume that I would like to transfer a ...
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24 inch iMac Early 2009 - Use as monitor via Firewire

I'm trying to figure out how to use my old iMac as an external monitor for a windows laptop. I've read that it's impossible since its Mini DisplayPort doesn't accept input, but it seems like there's ...
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External iSight microphone audio not working

I'm using a 2003-era external iSight "Autofocus Video Camera + Noise Suppression Microphone" with an Apple Cinema Display and USB-C MacBook Pro running macOS 10.15. It's connected via a long ...
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Can I connect a firewire device and an HDMI display to 2015 Macbook Air with a single Thunderbolt 2 port?

I have a Korg ZERO4 mixer which has a two firewire ports (not sure if 400 or 800). I've been using this mixer via a firewire --> thunderbolt adaptor. Now I'm looking to add a monitor connected via ...
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Target Disc Mode from 2009 Mac mini to 2019 iMac

I need to transfer some large files from an Early 2009 Mac mini to a 2019 iMac. The Mac mini has FireWire 800, Ethernet, and USB-1. The iMac has USB-C and USB-3 and Ethernet. Is this the best way to ...
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How do I connect a Macbook early 2011 to a Sony trv 340 via Firewire

I have a Sony trv 340, and need to firewire from the cam to my Macbook, but have no idea what is need for the Mac. Do I need a male end or a female to go to the laptop? I have no idea what I’m looking ...
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How to connect an iMac 2011 to an HDMI laptop?

I have a 2011 iMac with one Thunderbolt 1 port and one FireWire port. Is there a way to use one of those ports to connect the iMac to an HDMI laptop so that it can be used as an external display? ...
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ThunderBolt 3 to Firewire 800?

I have several FireWire 800 Hard disks full of data/video/images I need for work. Last week I bought a brand new iMac and only today I realized that Apple is not selling any Thunderbolt 3 to FW800 ...
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Can I use target disk mode using an USB 2.0 to Firewire cable?

Since the graphics card of my MacBook Pro from early 2011 is broken I need to save my data per target disk mode. This could be easily done using a FireWire or a Thunderbolt cable. But my problem is ...
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Please help: Win7 on external FireWire drive results in "No bootable device - insert boot disk..." error

I'm trying to get Win7 working from an external FireWire drive (Macbook pro mid 2009, OSX El Capitan). I've tried the two tutorials below; the installation seems smooth either way and mac recognizes ...
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Can Firewire 800 network interfaces be bonded?

I've got a few 2009 and 2010 Mac Pros and realized that the Firewire 800 ports are just sitting there going to waste. I currently use 2 bonded ethernet ports on an additional card to facilitate some ...
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Macbook Pro Retina 2013 Thunderbolt ports not working

I've run into a problem with my Thunderbolt ports on my Early 2013 Macbook Pro (Retina). Neither port will work. I have a genuine Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter and a Firewire 800 to 400 ...
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Can I attach a Thunderbolt-to-Firewire adapter and a Mini DisplayPort monitor to the same computer?

I have a 2013 MacBook Air with one Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 1 port. Is there a way to connect both an LED Cinema Display and my old Firewire accessories to this port?
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Why would plugging in my iPod Mini via FireWire hard crash my Mac running High Sierra?

I have a MacPro3,1 that I've recently upgraded to High Sierra using the patch. I also still use an older 1st gen 64GB iPod Mini (yes, upgraded) that I've always connected to the machine via the ...
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Can an eMac boot from a USB optical drive connected via a FireWire adapter?

I've got an eMac that's mostly working (running Tiger, plus a selection of other nice software), but has a broken optical drive. I have a spare USB optical drive lying around, and it works for most ...
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Time Machine Backup via another Mac? [closed]

Since I have broken Permissions, which can't be fixed now, because my sudo is broken too, I want to create a Time Machine Backup. Now the problem: both of my USB-Ports are broken. After some research ...
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Prevent iMac from powering down TB3 port when it goes to sleep?

I have a FW400 audio interface connected to my '17 iMac via some adapters and the TB3 port on the computer. When the iMac goes to sleep it's apparently powering down the TB3 port which in turn powers ...
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Diff over large subdirectories fails

I'm comparing two large directories on two different external FireWire 800 disks using diff -r /path/to/directory1 /path/to/directory2 The size of the directory (and its subdirectories) on one ...
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How to clean install Mac OS X on an iMac G5 with new HDD?

I have bought an old iMac G5 (A1145, iSight 20") from a friend and there was no OS installed on it. So now I want to make a clean/new OS X installation. I created an install USB (with Tiger 10.4.6) ...
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Installing Mavericks 10.9.4

I have a 2011 MBP that I use as a studio computer, with it I use an archaic Mbox2 Pro soundcard with Firewire. The drivers for the soundcard are compatible with Mavericks 10.9.4 (the one in App store ...
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Is Thunderbolt on the same bus as FireWire and Ethernet on a late 2012 Mac Mini

I use a late 2012 Mac Mini as a music server. My expensive, external audio digital to analogue converter (DAC) was connected to the Mini by FireWire. After a lightning strike the Mac Mini FireWire and ...
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How can I see what ports my hard drives are connected to?

2011 iMac running Mavericks I have a number of hard drives on my machine, including a standard internal drive, an external SSD on Thunderbolt, a standard external drive on thunderbolt, a standard ...
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Can you boot an internal HDD with OS X as an external drive on another Macbook?

I have a broken 15" 2011 Macbook Pro and am waiting for the replacement to arrive. (It'll be another week; I'm on an island and on a budget.) I know the HDD is fine, though. A friend is willing to ...
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Does it make sense to still use firewire?

I have a macbook pro 2012 non-retina which has firewire and a 2007 macbook (a white plastic one) which I use as a local server and it also has firewire. In addition to that I have my desktop PC which ...
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Direct USB-to-USB networking?

Is there an existent method, a driver, or some software that facilitates direct USB-to-USB networking in macOS similar to FireWire-to-Firewire ethernet or the new Thunderbolt-to-Thunderbolt ethernet ...
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How to improve IO performance of Drobo Gen 2?

I'm running a Late 2012 Mac mini Server, with macOS Sierra. This particular server has a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM and SSD internal drives. The server is mostly idle, and is used as a Time ...
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Why OS X never ejects drives before shutdown or suspend mode?

I have this problem since Lion if I am not mistaken. If a leave an USB or even my FireWire (backup) HDD connected OS X does not eject the drives before shutting down or entering suspend mode. Why? I ...
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Mac Pro early 2009 FireWire problems

I have an early 2009 Mac Pro and a FireWire audio interface that I haven't used in a couple of years. I just plugged it in to the Mac and nothing happens. The device doesn't get power, and even if I ...
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How to display non-DV video signal with Firewire input?

Is there any way to get the video signal output from a Displayport (mDP) or Thunderbolt (1 / 2) socket into a Firewire (FW800, IEEE 1394) input? What cables, adapters and drivers or other software ...
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Setting Up Ecler Evo 5, MPC 5000 and Pro Tools 12

I'm trying to set up the Ecler Evo 5 to read the Akai MPC 5000 via MIDI, and Pro Tools 12 to read the Ecler Evo 5 via FireWire. If anyone has a similar set up and knows the way to make these ...
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FireWire to Thunderbolt Adapter

I would like to connect a third display to my Mac Mini Late 2012. Since I'm already using the HDMI and Thunderbolt I'll have to use something else. I read in a couple of forums that you can connect ...
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How to run a Tiger 10.4.11 virtual machine?

I need to access some .omf files, which were originally created in an old version of AVID DV. As far as I know, this software only ran on Tiger PPC Macs. The PowerMac PPC G5 I originally used is on it'...
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Issues using Firewire sound card with Thunderbolt adapter

I was using a Saffire Pro 40 card on a macbook via FireWire. I now need to use it on a mac mini and it only has Thunderbolt ports and no Firewire. I've got a Firewire to Thunderbolt adapter and ...
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Can I daisy chain Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 to FireWire 400

If I had a FireWire 400 DVD drive connected (via a FireWire 400-800 cable) to a FireWire 800 hard drive that was then connected via a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter to a Thunderbolt hard drive, ...
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How to delete info from a connected device on mac even system information?

I connected today my Book studio for the 1st time and my mac crashed when creating a backup with Time machine. As a consequence I would like to delete the info that this external hard drive ever ...
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iMac Time Machine HDD and Internal HDD failed at same time

My 2008 iMac, which has been extremely reliable for several years now, began to show the spinning 'beach ball' one day, and then would become unresponsive. After a couple of forced reboots, the ...
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Use *Two* Thunderbolt/Firewire adapters on MacBook for 400 and 800 devices?

I'm completing an audio recording setup. Equipment: Macbook 13" Retina late 2012 with Two Thunderbolt ports One Focusrite Saffire audio interface (Firewire 400) One OWC Mercury external SSD drive (...
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Can I use Firewire or Thunderbolt cable with this hard drive dock?

I'm an external hard drive docking station: http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A4HAFS/. I'm currently using the USB2.0 cable that comes with it. I wonder if I could ...
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I want to install Yosemite on a MacbookPro4,1 that has a broken firewire system

I have been able to run snow leopard by executing rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/*Firewire* I think need to sneak this somewhere into the yosemite installer.. Or perhaps install yosemite with a ...
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