Last Macs with Firewire

Discussion in 'AppleTalk' started by King, May 13, 2018.

  1. King

    King Active Member

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    I decided to organize all my old internal and external drives from 2002-2016 (a little over 27TB of original photos & videos) onto one spot in preparation to backing them up to three 12TB NAS drives. I noticed a lot of them sport a Firewire 400 & 800 as their fastest ports. This would pose a problem if you love the latest and greatest then quickly sold off your old Mac once you have a new one.

    So this got me curious, what were the last (and fastest of their product line) Macs with Firewire 800? So here they are...

    Mid-2009 Macbook MacBook5,2 (Firewire 400 only)

    2010 Mac Pro MacPro5,1

    Mid-2011 iMac
    21.5-inch iMac12,1
    27-inch iMac12,2

    Mid-2012 Macbook Pro (not Retina)
    15-inch MacBookPro9,1
    13-inch MacBookPro9,2

    Late 2012 Mac mini
    Core i5 Macmini6,1
    Core i7 Macmini6,2

    On a side note if you are still using any of these Macs and are entertaining thoughts of buying a new one then here is a bit of license for you.

    Intel's CEO claims that you are over the now standard 5-6 year PC upgrade cycle. Take note though that Apple has yet to refresh any of their Macs for 2018.

    Perhaps you are cheap like me and want to extend your Mac's life to a possible total of 10 years? You can speed them up by maxing out their RAM & swapping out the old HDD with a SSD. Like what I did with a 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD on my Late 2012 iMac without Firewire and 240GB Crucial M500 SSD on my Mid-2010 Macbook Pro with Firewire. Samsung SATA SSD are nice and all but I wouldn't notice the difference to justify it costing more.

    For those wondering, Apple ditched Firewire because it's slow by 2018 standards. Below are the effective write/read speeds of ports of yesteryear to today's.

    USB 2.0 - 48MB/s
    Firewire 800 - 80MB/s
    USB 3.0 - 500MB/s
    USB 3.1 - 1,000MB/s
    Thunderbolt 1 - 1,000MB/s
    Thunderbolt 2 - 2,000MB/s
    Thunderbolt 3 - 4,000MB/s

    My 12TB Seagate Ironwolf NAS drive can read at more than 154MB/s and write at more than 188MB/s. It would have been bottlenecked by Firewire.
    #1 King, May 13, 2018
    Last edited: May 13, 2018
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