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Convert eSATA to Firewire port?

zodiac711 4,465 1,749 June 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Is there any way I can convert an eSATA port to support Firewire -- specifically to load content from a miniDV tape?

Here's the situation: I have a miniDV camcorder. My old laptop had a firewire port that I could use to connect to the camcorder and load the content off it. The old laptop died and I bought a new laptop.

The new laptop doesn't have a firewire port, nor does it have any PCMCIA slots. It does however have an eSATA port.

Is there any means whereby I can utilize that eSATA port to load the miniDV content via Firewire?


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I very highly doubt that what you want to do here as you say it is possible. I think your best bet would be to use a different computer, get a deck that uses USB, Borrow a camera that has usb that can read your tape.
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No, you can't.
But you can get a firewire express card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...Mark=False

Verify that you have an express card slot available.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
I very highly doubt that what you want to do here as you say it is possible. I think your best bet would be to use a different computer, get a deck that uses USB, Borrow a camera that has usb that can read your tape.
Are you doubting it could be done, or doubting that it's what I really want? Aside from the fact that I don't believe you can transfer miniDV via USB (at least not that I could ever find a camcorder that would support it). Thanks for the response however.


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No, you can't.
But you can get a firewire express card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...Mark=False

Verify that you have an express card slot available.
Unfortunately no slot available -- just the eSATA (and of course USB2.0 ports). That's why I was hoping there might be a way to utilize the eSATA port to support a firewire adapter...
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Quote from zodiac711 View Post :
Are you doubting it could be done, or doubting that it's what I really want? Aside from the fact that I don't believe you can transfer miniDV via USB (at least not that I could ever find a camcorder that would support it). Thanks for the response however.


Unfortunately no slot available -- just the eSATA (and of course USB2.0 ports). That's why I was hoping there might be a way to utilize the eSATA port to support a firewire adapter...

You actually can there were a few Sony (SD) cameras that did it and a few Canon's too I think. Firewire was better for this but USB did work on some later models I believe. Remember MiniDV is just a tape size. There is a recording standard that you camera uses and it should be playable in other devices like a deck. Like I said I think your SOL and going to have to import the video on another machine. Once you do this you can always edit back on your laptop, just move the video with an external hard drive.
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You actually can there were a few Sony (SD) cameras that did it and a few Canon's too I think. Firewire was better for this but USB did work on some later models I believe. Remember MiniDV is just a tape size. There is a recording standard that you camera uses and it should be playable in other devices like a deck. Like I said I think your SOL and going to have to import the video on another machine. Once you do this you can always edit back on your laptop, just move the video with an external hard drive.
Yep, I've used a few Sony cameras that have had USB and firewire for video transfers. My issue was finding an adapter from the 4pin firewire to the newer firewire 800 port on my MBP.

Anyway, double check the camera for other ports or find another computer to borrow for the transfer. I don't think eSATA to firewire adapters exist for the same reason USB to firewire adapters don't exist.
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Yep, I've used a few Sony cameras that have had USB and firewire for video transfers. My issue was finding an adapter from the 4pin firewire to the newer firewire 800 port on my MBP.

Anyway, double check the camera for other ports or find another computer to borrow for the transfer. I don't think eSATA to firewire adapters exist for the same reason USB to firewire adapters don't exist.
Yes your reasoning is good. I didnt think MBP had eSATA but nice that they do.

Your problem of FW conversions is pretty easy I think. Use a 800-400 cable (all 6 pin) http://forums.macrumors.com/showt...p?t=573200 and http://www.amazon.com/moshi-FireW...y_e_text_b

And then use use a FW 400 cable that is a 400 6pin to 4 pin and in theory it should all work.
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Yes your reasoning is good. I didnt think MBP had eSATA but nice that they do.

Your problem of FW conversions is pretty easy I think. Use a 800-400 cable (all 6 pin) http://forums.macrumors.com/showt...p?t=573200 and http://www.amazon.com/moshi-FireW...y_e_text_b

And then use use a FW 400 cable that is a 400 6pin to 4 pin and in theory it should all work.
Thank you. I've got my firewire situation under control. I have an 800-400(6pin) cable, 400(6pin)-400(4pin) adapter, and an 800-400(4pin). All I need is an 800-800 cable for firewire target disk mode between my newer macs.
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