MacBook -> Windows 10 -> Thunderbolt -> FireWire

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MacBook -> Windows 10 -> Thunderbolt -> FireWire

Post by stk » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:53 am

Ok this is a bit of a niche question but maybe someone can shed some light.

I have a recent (2015) MBP (provided by my employer). Apart from OSX I also have a Windows 10 partition (which works fine).

I would like to boot into this partition and use my RME FF400 FireWire interface via the Apple TB -> FW adaptor.

From what I can tell by searching, this adaptor works with my interface on native OSX, and on some PC laptops, but I haven't found any mention of Win 10 running on Macbook hardware.

I don't want to do music in OSX. I rely on some Windows-only software. I'd love any insight into whether this is likely to work, before I drop the cash.

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Post by luketeaford » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:45 pm

Would it be possible to run windows in a vm?

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Post by stk » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:04 am

luketeaford wrote:Would it be possible to run windows in a vm?
Sure that's possible - I already run Windows in Parallels (in VM mode) for work (place I work does 80% .NET work but management bought everyone Macbooks, go figure!)

My main concern there would be performance - running Windows from within OSX does give the cooling fans a workout!

Anyway I managed to land the TB > FW adaptor for cheap off a work mate so I'll be trying it as soon as I can dig up my FW 800 > 400 cable, will report back.

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Post by sduck » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:36 am

I don't think there's any driver magic happening with that adaptor, it should be plug and play no matter what OS you're using. Whether or not windows will be completely happy seeing it, I don't know - I should experiment and find out, I've got a similar hardware situation here, just haven't had any need to run any audio stuff from my windows 10 bootcamp partition on my mbp.
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Post by stk » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:57 am

Happy to report back that the Apple TB > FW connector works fine in Bootcamped Windows 10, with my RME Fireface :tu:

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Re: MacBook -> Windows 10 -> Thunderbolt -> FireWire

Post by sillyquestions? » Sat May 23, 2020 4:48 am

Hello - reviving this old thread.

I think I may be in a similar position - Running a Mac with firewire at the moment but needing an upgrade for studio purposes. Thinking of a gaming laptop that uses windows 10 but desk/interface only records via firewire. I have re-searched and it seems that windows 10 wont accept the apple TB > FW and TB2-TB3 adapters. Can anyone confirm that this doesn't work? and if so, is there a workaround?

It seems the guy above has had luck running it in bootcamp mode - Just wondering if this is the only way and when using this mode does it cause any issues with speed etc?

If anyone can chime in that would be great.

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