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Seagate DJI Fly Drive Quick Review




Seagate has partnered with DJI, a leader in drone technology, to provide a portable drive to match your airborne shooter.

Say hello to your drones new best friend –the Seagate DJI Fly Drive.

On the fly Storage

The Fly Drive has 2TB of onboard storage and a built-in Micro SD card reader. Seagate estimates that you could store up to 60+ hours of footage in the drive based on the battery life of a DJI drone and the file size of a 1-hour 4k video. Sadly, unlike most of Seagate’s products, the dashboard software is not supported by the Fly Drive.

Storing and transferring files from your drone to your PC or Drive is made easier due to the built-in Micro SD card reader. A fair warning though the drive only comes with a USB Type-C to Type-C connector, you would have to buy an adapter if your devices do not have a Type-C port.

Added Protection

Seagate markets the DJI Fly for traveling content creators, photographers or generally on the go consumers, they even threw in a 2-month free membership to Adobe Premiere Pto. To match the active lifestyle of their market, Seagate included a silicon case for their drive out of the box.

Performance

As for the Fly Drives speeds, here are the results of our benchmarks.

Crystaldiskmark 5.2.1

Sequential Read: 134.0MB/s
Sequential Write: 138.4MB/s
4kb Random Read: 0.478MB/s
4kb Random Write: 1.31MB/s

These numbers are pretty standard for an HDD but it is still quite above average.

For real world performances, we tested how long it would take to copy a 5gb and 10gb sized folders to and from the PC and the Drive. The drive was connected through a USB 3.1 Type-C port expect around 50-60% slower speeds when connecting through a USB 3.0 port via an adapter and around 70-80% slower speeds if via a 2.0 port.

It took exactly 3 minutes and 25 seconds to copy a 10gb folder into the Drive and 2 minutes and 10 seconds to copy the same file from it. For the 5gb folder, it took exactly 1 minutes and 48 seconds to copy it into the drive and exactly 1 minutes and 21 seconds to copy from it. These results could be considered above average.

Conclusion

The drive would certainly be a plus for any traveling content creator or photographer, especially those with drones. But the average consumer could still take advantage of the built-in Micro SD card reader which makes transferring files from any device that uses micro SD’s convenient.

Specs
2.5″ Hard Drive
USB 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 Type-C Support
2TB Storage
Windows and macOS Support
19.7mm thick
217 grams (weight)
2-months free Adobe Premiere Pro

Pricing and Availability

The Seagate DJI Fly Drive will be available in the Philippines this August and will have a suggested retail price of Php7,495.



Zen Estacio is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. He is the team's laptop guru and one of their resident gamers. He has a monthly column compiling the latest and greatest the Nintendo Switch has to offer. Aside from that, he regularly writes gaming news, reviews, and impressions. You can hit him up at @papanZEN

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