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A variation on Ed's suggestion: find a friend who has a computer with Firewire. I am sort of doing that myself–being my own "friend"on such problems: a 2008 MacBook Pro with Firewire copies my MiniDV tapes for use with my 2013 MacBook Pro which seems to have little connectivity to anything, out of the box. Thunderbolt! Righhhhhht! (It isn't hopeless, but not as convenient as more flexible earlier options.)
While I am grateful to have that solution, in hoiuse, I have moved from MiniDV to SD cards, and have no regrets in that regard. I hope to soon have the MiniDV material in my current system for re-processing into completed video projects.