Here is my problem- looking for any thoughts/options/help:
I just had to replace my old HP Pavillion computer-unfortunately the hard drive finally crashed. I purchased a new Dell XPS 8700 to replace it.
I have a WD external hard drive I was using with my old machine. It has a firewire connection only. Worked fine and had no problems.
I also have an older model sony video camera. I would like to transfer those movies to computer storage and was starting to do so when the pavilion died. My old HP Pavillion allowed me to plug the camera in via the firewire connection and it worked fine.
Here is my issue- my new Dell does not have a firewire port. I guess I didn't pay any attention to the fact that firewire bit the dust to USB- my machine always had that port, so I honestly didn't realize firewire was obsoleted. I didn't even think to look for the port when I bought the new machine (my bad).
I've been told that the only real viable option to use the WD hard drive with my dell is to put a PCI card in one of the empty slots and create a firewire port. I've done a bit of research online and haven't found much in the way of firewire to USB adapters, so this appears to be the only option. Best buy told me they could install it for me and it seems like it will be relatively inexpensive. But am I missing a better fix? Has anyone come across adapter that can convert firewire to USB?. If such a thing exists, I'd rather buy a cable than mess with installing a card....Any thoughts would be appreciated.