DJI, Seagate Unveil Drone-Themed Hard Drive
Seagate and DJI have teamed up to create a drone-themed portable hard drive, designed to quickly offload footage captured by drones in the field.
The 2TB Seagate DJI Fly Drive goes on sale this summer for $119.99. It’s a conventional drive, not an SSD, so it’s competing against drives with similar capacity that cost around $80, like the WD My Passport series. But the Fly Drive’s price includes two free months of access to the cloud version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which normally costs $19 per month.
You also get a protective bumper that vaguely resembles a quadcopter. Seagate isn’t making any specific promises about its shock absorption capabilities, as manufacturers routinely do for ruggedized drives, but any extra protection should come in handy if you’re using the drive on a rocky landing surface, for instance.
And that is how Seagate envisions most people will use the Fly Drive: as a data receptacle that’s always close at hand in the field so that footage can be offloaded from a drone while you swap its batteries before sending it back up in the air. 2TB will store more than 60 hours of 4K footage shot at 30 frames per second, which is about how much a DJI Mavic Pro£1,320.41 at Amazon will capture after 250 flights.
The drive comes with a built-in MicroSD card slot and USB-C support for quickly moving footage to your PC or Mac for editing. And just in case you’ve got multiple drives at home and can’t remember where you put the footage from your flights, the drive has both DJI and Seagate logos to help you remember.