Drone-friendly hard drive launched

The American data storage specialist Seagate Technology has announced the launch of its Fly Drive, a 2TB toughened external hard drive designed for aerial use. The drive has sufficient capacity to store over 60 hours of 4K / 30fps video footage and comes equipped with a USB 3.1 Type-C interface and is also Thunderbolt 3 compatible to enable fast data transfer. To make it even more user-friendly in the field, it has an integrated MicroSD card slot and is encased in a “protective bumper” that provides shock resistance in case of jostles or drops.

The full specs had not been released at time of going to press, so Seagate was unable to confirm how long it will take to copy data from a drone’s card to the device. However, given that the second generation USB 3.1 standard has a maximum transfer speed of 10Gb per second, it’s not unreasonable to assume it won’t break up your flying too much. A Seagate spokesman was able to confirm that a computer or laptop will be needed to handle the transfers, via “the simple drag and drop feature”.

The Fly Drive is the first data solution released as part of the strategic partnership that Seagate announced with DJI at the Consumer Electronics Show back in January, with the goal of “actively working together to simplify every step of UAV data workflows.” It will be available this summer at a suggested retail price of $119.99 (£92), which includes a two-month subscription to the Adobe Premiere Pro CC video editing software. More details can be found at seagate.com.