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2016 MacBook Pro: Firewire 800 Compatibility

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See also 2016 MacBook Pro: Compatibility Hardware (USB, Thunderbolt, Camera Card Readers, etc).

UPDATE: the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock with FireWire is the best solution. The dock will direct connect to a Thunderbolt 3 port on the 2016 MacBook Pro while providing a bunch of ports, including Firewire.

Nancy P writes:

Don't laugh - I still have two 2TB FireWire 800 drives as my backup JBOD system. Eventually I may upgrade, but I have to deal with the hardware on hand, used on my mid 2010 MBP 15" (non-Retina). I bet there are more users out there who upgrade laptops only every 5 to 6 years or so and who are wondering about those FW drives.

Recommendations? Please consider adding them to the fine "adapters for late 2016 MBPs" post. Thanks!


This is not a good backup system and drives fail with age also. I recommend no fewer than two external backups kept away from the computer, plus one always-attached Time Machine backup plus one always-attached clone backup. On the road, I like the OWC Envoy Pro EX 1TB.

I do not advise this kludge, but if you're willing to use up a port, you can use the Apple TB3 (USB-C) to TB2 ADAPTER along with the Apple Thunderbolt To Firewire Adapter. But spending $79 for such a messy solution does not make sense to me. Fortunately, Firewire can be daisy-chained.

MUCH better in this case is to not waste money on adapters of that sort. Instead buy new and much faster USB3 mini drives (or full size) and connect through any OWC Dock or USB Type-A to USB Type-C Adapter. If you can afford a new MacBook Pro, you can afford proper backup.

The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock is a far better value than individual adapters and with many more ports; it would be connected via the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. See the Firewire 800 port and other ports below.

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