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in an attempt to move all my noisy drives to nearby closet and reduce noise at my desk, I just purchased a 15 feet FireWire 800 cable (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0069VBAXU?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00) I read online that FireWire was good until 4.5m (15 feet) but my drives do not mount any longer. Am I to assume the cable is broken/DOA or is this an issue of length? Needless to say my drives mount fine with my shorter 6 feet FireWire 800 cables

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It could be either, but if you look at the customer reviews you will see a number of people have had problems with this cable due to the length.

At a guess, the cable is not a "top quality" cable and your system may even be very slightly out of spec (maybe voltage?) as well, so the cable is not working.

Its possible a higher quality cable will work.

If you want to check if the cable is broken/doa, you can always get a multimeter out and test each set of pins.

  • Could you recommend a good brand of cable that would work with longer distances? As for my specs I'm using a Mac Book Pro from 2 years ago with a thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter – marcnyc Dec 21 '15 at 6:38
  • Sorry, no. Being an armchair critic is easy. Actually finding solutions is hard. (but seriously, its unfortunately probably a matter of "suck it and see"). amazon.com/9PIN-BETA-FireWire-Cable-Clear/product-reviews/… seems to have good reviews, so I might be inclined to take a punt on it - but I know no more about it then you do. – davidgo Dec 21 '15 at 6:50

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