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I have a Firelite Smartdisk External 60G hard drive - Model #FWFL60-N which I bought to back up my previous MacBook. It only has FireWire outlets and cable with only FireWire ends - no USB port capabilities. Now I have a new MacBook which does not have a FireWire port so I can't get my back up info off it to transfer to my new Mac! Does the FireLite Smartdisk company have a cable I can use that has a FireWire plug on one end and a USB plug on the other? or an adapter?

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Hi Selina It was a big mistake for Apple to omit the FW port on the white MacBook. The problem you hilite is the reason I don't recommentd the macbook to any of my clients. However, the problem is solveable - although you may/will have to do some breaking and entering.
There is no cable adaptor - nor will there ever be, the protocols are so radically different that they can never talk to each other.
The simplest option is to connect your drive to another mac that has got FW (800 or 400 - it doesn't matter as long as the cable will connect the two units) then use file sharing to transfer the conent of the drive to you MacBook either by ethernet (preferable) or by wifi (much slower).
The breaking and entereing option imvolves opening up the firelilte and removing its HD (it's easy) then get a unit like this Overview or this http://www.maplin.co.uk/sata-hard-drive-usb-docking-station-222999
There are other much cheaper units and they all work fairly well. I have several as I'm up against your problem regularly

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  • hamster47 Apr 01, 2011

    Just in case,
    Look at this onehttp://www.usbnow.co.uk/Adapters_&_C...

    The drive inside the firelite might be an ide type therefor the links I gave earlier will not be appropriate.

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