Forum Question: Older Mac has Firewire 400 New Ext Hard Drive is 800

I would like to connect a newer external hard drive to my iMac using Firewire. The new drive only has a 800-800 cable. Can I purchase a 400-800 firewire cable and will it work? I see plenty of people using them for connecting a newer mac with an 800 firewire to a 400 firewire device, but I would like to do the reverse. It will be faster than USB if it does work, correct?
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Kevin Durr

Comments: One Response to “Older Mac has Firewire 400 New Ext Hard Drive is 800”

    10/1/11 @ 7:38 pm

    Yes, it is supposed to work. You should be able to go in either direction. But I’ve never tried it.

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