New MacBook and MacBook Pro Don’t Have FireWire 400 Ports

New MacBook and MacBook Pro Don’t Have FireWire 400 Ports

With the release of Apple’s latest laptop lineup, Apple has quietly removed FireWire 400 ports from their lineup. Released in 1995, FireWire has long been the preferred standard for attaching external hard drives, high-speed card readers, camcorders, and other devices. Even the mighty iPod once used FireWire to connect to the computer. The advantages included faster speeds, and increased power. If you want to boot a pre-Intel mac from an external drive, it must be FireWire. As an IT support professional, I use FireWire target disk mode regularly to allow me to turn any failing workstation or laptop into a big external hard drive. My own personal favorite feature is that, unlike USB, you can tell which end is up with a quick glance.

Sadly, as is true for all good technologies, the days of FireWire 400 must eventually come to an end. Hopefully Apple will soon provide us with USB target mode functionality.

Aaron Marks applies his 80/20 rule to IT support: 80% people skills and 20% computer ninja magic.