Farewell FW400

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by Elx200001, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Elx200001

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    With the announcement of the new Macs today, Apple has stopped making macs with firewire 400 ports in it. I wouldn't really mind but was shown its importance last week.

    I'd like to ask if it's something Mac users have use for on a regular basis.
     
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    I only use it when grabbing videos from my old DV tape camcorder (because it's the only available interface for my cam).

    I'm no industry expert but it's a widely accepted fact that the consumer electronics industry is pointing towards USB. And now that USB 3.0 employs duplex communication, I think you're right, bye bye firewire.
     
  3. Shinrai

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    I previously found out that the WD Passport Studio was able to share one drive with two computers. I just plugged the drive to an MBP's FW port and used a cable from the other FW port to another MBP and it automatically shared it. So sad that we now only get one FW port for the new models.
     
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    all my ext drives have fw400.. buti na lang pwede pa fw800..
     
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    I bought WD Passport Studio to make use of FW400. I'll worry about its (FW400) absence when I upgrade to a newer Mac in about 2 years or longer. :)
     
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    haha same here. i have 2 EHD's on FW400 plus one EHD on FW800.
     
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    I really didn't have an issue not having fw400 until last week. Hehehe. I'm surprised that there aren't many places that sell fw400 - fw800 adapters.
     
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    I just bought a FW400 to FW800 cable so that i'll be able to use external drives even without FW400 ports
     
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    i tried daisy-chaining a 2.5" to mbp usb port then the mini drive to maxtor HD in fw400, vice versa. i thought it will work but it didnt. so i bought a sonnet firewire 400 - 800 adaptor in DG hk,
     
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    I only use FW400 with my old JVC MiniDV camera. All of my other peripherals/gadgets are either USB or FW800.

    My wife had a FW issue when she bought the new MacBook Pro. Her external HD, where she keeps all her backups, was FW400. Since the new MBP only has FW800 and since she couldn't find her external HD's USB cable, she had to buy the FW400 to FW800 cable. Good thing Power Mac in Greenbelt 3 had stocks.
     
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    can you still use the target disk mode with firewire 800?
     
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    @h.chua

    Yes, you still can.
     
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    yep same here!
     

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