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iMac - Will a firewire 400 external HD work in a 800 firewire port?

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RE: 20" iMac MA876LL/A

Will a Maxtor 500 GB One Touch 4 Plus external hard drive work in the firewire 800 port [it is designated as a firewire 400 unit].

I need to also use an M-Box 2 Pro unit which is designated as a firewire 400 unit

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I don't think so. I believe the cabling are different between the firewire 400 and the 800.

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Apart from the cabling being different as rman says, the ports and connectors aren't the same size or shape either.
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There are adapters available to convert Firewire 400 to Firewire 800.
Something like this link
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