Will Firewire drive work with Sierra if get firmware


#1

I got firmware a few years ago to allow my FW drive to work when I upgraded to Yosemite. Will that work with Sierra, too? I have an older iMac (2011ish), with 3.06 GHz core i3 processor. May not want to upgrade if my drives won’t work.


#2

The firmware would have been a one time thing. They weren’t released for specific OS versions. The firmware was to fix an issue with FW800 and a -50 error.


#3

Thanks. Clarifying: The firmware I downloaded for Yosemite will work with Sierra to make my 800 Firewire drives work? No other Sierra obstacles to expect?


#4

Not necessarily. But FW800 itself is an unstable interface on Mac ever since 10.6.8 when Apple stopped supported FireWire.


#5

"but FW800 is unstable ever since 10.6.8. I did not know that! I am using a 2 TB G-Drive for Time Machine backup but it fails intermittently - error occurred while creating the backup folder. I couldn’t unmount the drive - I had to reboot the computer and then I could unmount it and Time Machine would work for a while. I’m at macOS 10.13.1. I just installed Firmware Version 30.12.100.12.34 today - so far Time Machine works. I’m not too pleased that Apple has dropped support of firewire but I’m grateful G-Technology has released a firmware version to correct the problem.


#6

my G-Drive also has a USB 3 port. I bought a cable ( StarTech SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ) and connected the USB 3 port on the G-Drive to a USB 2 port on my mac. It’s only been a couple of days, but it seems more stable.