How to Use FireWire to a USB

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FireWire connections are commonly used on Apple computers, video recorders, cameras and other devices. The FireWire port is not a standard port on non-Apple computers, so if you have a Windows PC, you'll need to either install a FireWire adaptor card or use a FireWire-to-USB adaptor cable to connect FireWire-enabled devices. Not all FireWire devices work with the adaptor cable and you may need to install a specific driver to use the device. Some devices have proprietary adaptor cables that must be used.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • FireWire-to-USB adaptor cable

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  1. 1

    Insert the FireWire connector on the adaptor cable into the device you want to interface to a USB port.

  2. 2

    Connect the USB plug on the adaptor to an available USB port on your computer.

  3. 3

    Download and install any drivers or other software required to make your FireWire device work over a USB connection. The adaptor cable may come with a CD that contains the necessary software.

  4. 4

    Click "Start" and "Computer." Double-click on the FireWire device to access it.

Tips and warnings

  • FireWire data transfers are much faster than with USB, so you may encounter a speed loss during transfers when using an adaptor.

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