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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2008
These cables seemed to be a good buy for the money, and after buying 4 to replace all my firewire cables for my external hard drives i found that the plastic end caps of these cables will separate (not break, almost as if they're designed to do so) and when you remove the cable from a port, you are left with a flimsy plastic cap stuck in your port. I had 3 out of 4 cables all perform this way and had to break and tweeze out the remaining pieces from my 1TB WD hard drives. DO NOT BUY THESE CABLES!!!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 30, 2009
Size Name: 6-feetVerified Purchase
Apple decided to remove firewire 400 from all of their current generation laptops and add only firewire 800. There are still a lot of devices on firewire 400 and thus you have 3 choices.

1. Buy this cable.
2. Buy an adapter.
3. Buy all new hardware. :-)

I chose 1 - simply because it is easier for me to have a cable that converts 400-800 rather then using an old 400 cable with a dongle adapter. In my experience dongle adapters usually get worn and due to their size end to stick out of ports and break with an accidental leg/arm movement etc..... I have had it happen to me in my mac pro...and what a project it is to fix. Therefore...cables win.

Hope that helps.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2008
Size Name: 6-feet
I purchased this because the Macbook Pro (2008 Edition) does not have a firewire 400 port but it does have a FW800 port. Since I have a few devices, including my Presonus Firepod audio interface, that require a FW400 connection Tripp Lite's converter cable was perfect. I haven't had any problems with it and it's more flexible than the single-piece converters that I've seen.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 6-feetVerified Purchase
This was my first Firewire cord, and I suspect the same is true of many of the positive reviewers here. Like them, I was originally very happy with this cord. It worked, and the price was fantastic. However, I noticed that the 9 pin connector was always very loose, and never "clicked" in place, even though I pushed the cord as far as it would go. My initial thought was "Boy, Firewire really has a bad connector design."

Well, after buying another Firewire cord from a more reputable source (LaCie) I discovered that Firewire cables are actually incredibly secure! There is just something very wrong with the design of these cords! As far as I can tell, the connector is a bit too short on the 800 end of these cables, and thus they can't be inserted far enough to engage the mechanism that locks them into place (i.e. the 'click' you feel when plugging in a USB cable, or a better made Firewire cable, it turns out).

As such, I recommend users stay far away from these cables. Sure, they're cheap, but if your cable comes out accidentally without you having properly unmounted your external drive, it's highly likely that your hard drive will be corrupted. It's worth it to buy good cables. Your data is worth a lot more than the few dollars saved by going with a cut-rate cable company.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2009
Size Name: 6-feetVerified Purchase
It's hard to imagine how a simple cable could suck, but this has it nailed. Both the 800 and the 400 ends of the cable fit very loosely, so the slightest movement causes the connection to be temporarily broken. For most firewire devices, this means that the device will lose synch, interrupt whatever you were trying to do, and spend a painfully long time trying to re synch with the computer. It doesn't help that the cable is as stiff as a coat hanger, so the slightest movement will move the connectors. If anything touches this cable it will break the connection, so you end up tip-toeing around this thing trying to keep it happy. Yes, it does work. If you have to get from 400 to 800, it will do it. But this one is guaranteed to make you angry.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2008
Size Name: 6-feetVerified Purchase
I bought a firewire 800 card as I was told it was the state of the art and backware compatible. I wasn't told that it has a different plug. So I bought this cord. Works great and isn't as bulky as adding adapters.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2010
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I find a significant reduction in performance with these cable compared to the cables I was replacing. I am disappointed and hope to able to return them. Data transfer is unreliable.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2009
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Every time I used this firewire to connect my MyBook external drive the icon indicating the drive was connected would disappear after a few minutes, and the connection was lost. Fortunately, this didn't happen when I was trying to access the drive, but still.... The USB cable from one of my old MP3 players manages to stay connected, so it's not my drive or computer. I sent the firewire back for refund. My dependable old USB cable works just fine and didn't cost me anything extra. Would definitely not recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2012
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Firstly, the seller of this item shipped this immediately. Very fast, very pleased with that. Second, this is a fat, braided cable. Very nice *cable* quality. I can imagine this must have very low signal loss. Unfortunately, the connectors are complete JUNK!! What a waste to have such a nice cable with what have to be the worst connectors possible. It makes this cable useless...absolutely useless. I compared this cable with the firewire 800 cable that came with my drive (didn't know it came with one or I would not have ordered this cable). The cable that came with my drive is thin, but the connectors rock. The connectors plugged in and made a solid connection that I could feel. Unlike the hunk a junk tripp-lite cable, which slid into the connector and left you wondering if it was in properly.

The worst part was the intermittent connection that the junk cable made. When I first connected it, my drive would not spin-up. I waited...and waited...and waited...nothing. Then I barely touched the junk cable and the drive light came on, then went out. I reseated the cable connection and waited. The drive light came on. Then I moved the cable ever so little and BAM! There went the drive. Also, my computer gave me an angry warning about properly shutting down a drive before removing it!

What if I had data on there during a copy or backup? It would probably be corrupted. What's the point of having a drive if you cannot trust data to it? In this case, the drive is fine. The cable is junk. You have to be mad as a Hatter if you use this cable and trust your data to it. Also, it doesn't look like the picture. I wish I had spent $10 more and trusted the reviews to get the other cable (5 stars). I honestly don't know how anyone could rate this more than 1 star. Those reviews are probably plants.

It's not even worth shipping back because the shipping cost is almost the price of the cable. Also, FYI, I am an IT Professional and I am strongly suggesting that you stay away from this cable. I think there is another review similar to mine. I tried to save money in spite of that review...mistake. Hopefully, this review will help save other people money and frustration.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2008
Size Name: 6-feetVerified Purchase
I used this cable to daisy-chain a couple of LaCie external hard drives to my Macbook.

Worked like a charm right out of the box, never had an issue with connectivity.
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