LaCie’s 2TB DJI Copilot BOSS USB 3.1 Type-C External Hard Drive was announced at CES 2018. Designed specifically for videographers, photographers and drone owners in mind, this latest offering from Lacie looks to be a nice in-field backup solution.
With so many of us having to backup our own material in the field, there has been a growing need for portable solutions where a computer isn’t required. If you are a solo shooter or work in a small team you already have enough to carry around and taking a computer just increases that load. In-field self-contained backup solutions like the new LaCie 2TB DJI Copilot BOSS USB 3.1 Type-C external hard drive look to be a good alternative to traditional methods most of us have been using.
Backup like a BOSS
BOSS, which is short for Backup On-Set Solutions, is an in-field backup solution with direct file ingestion that does not require a computer. Not only can it backup but it can also provide mobile-device charging and mobile file management.
The DJI Copilot BOSS provides up to 2TB of storage which is plenty for the average shooter. Files can be copied directly from drones, action cameras, DSLRs, phones, USB hard drives, and USB flash drives to the 2TB internal drive. The drive is claimed to have built-in drop, splash, and dust resistance, and has been designed specifically for use out in the field.
There is no indication currently of what the maximum read or write speeds of this drive are, but speed will depend on the type of connection and media you are using.
DJI BOSS app
Using the DJI BOSS app and the included USB Type-C, USB Type-C to Type-A, Lightning, and micro-USB cables, as well as the integrated SD card reader and included microSD to SD adapter, files can be downloaded, and the integrated LCD screen also allows for the monitoring of file transfers, storage capacity, and battery power.
You can connect Copilot to your phone or tablet via USB and launch the app without the need for internet. You can then play back video files, rename files or even delete files you don’t need.
The DJI Copilot is compatible with mobile phones and tablets running iOS 10.3 or Android 4.4 or later, as well as systems running Windows 10 or higher and Mac OS X 10.10 or higher with an available USB 3.1 Type-C, Thunderbolt™ 3, USB 3.0, or USB 2.0 port. To allow users to edit and post content quickly, a 1-month membership to Adobe Creative Cloud is included, and overall protection is provided by a limited 3-
year Rescue Data Services Recovery plan.
The LaCie 2TB DJI Copilot BOSS USB 3.1 Type-C External Hard Drive will retail for $349.99 USD. Availability is not yet known.
LaCie DJI COPILOT Specs
Storage Capacity: 2 TB
Connection Interface: 1 x USB 3.1 (USB Type-C)
Maximum Read Speed: Not Specified by Manufacturer
Maximum Write Speed: Not Specified by Manufacturer
Internal Interface: SATA (Unspecified)
Type: Hard Disk Drive
Rotational Speed: Not Specified by Manufacturer
Form Factor: 2.5″
Cache Memory: Not Specified by Manufacturer
Security Features: Not Specified by Manufacturer
Bus Power: USB
AC Input Power: Not Specified by Manufacturer
Environmental Resistance: Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions: (L x W x H) 5.4 x 4.4 x 1.4″ / 137.2 x 111.8 x 35.6 mm
Weight: 1.177lb/ 0.53 kg
Mobile phone or tablet running iOS 10.3 or Android 4.4 or later
Computer running Windows® 10 or higher; or Mac OS® X 10.10 or higher
with an available USB-C (3.1), ThunderboltTM 3, USB 3.0, or USB 2.0 port
Offloads from most:
SD cards (UHS-I and UHS-II)
microSD cards (with included adapter) USB card readers
USB external hard drives and SSDs MTP/PTP-enabled devices
Digital video cameras
What you get
LaCie® DJI Copilot with integrated status screen and SD card slot microSD to SD card adapter
USB-C drive to laptop cables:
USB-C to USB-A Mobile connection cables:
Lightning cable (for iOS) micro USB (for most Android) USB-C (for newer Android)
Quick start guide
3-year Rescue Data Recovery Services plan
1-month membership to Adobe® Creative Cloud All Apps