LaCie DJI Copilot BOSS External Hard Drive
LaCie DJI Copilot BOSS External Hard Drive

If you own a decent drone, you own a DJI. And if you own a DJI you NEED to own this!

The LaCie DJI CoPilot BOSS is a portable hard drive with an internal battery and added interfaces. The interfaces include an SD card slot, USB-C and USB-A connectors, and a custom cable for connecting the device to a phone or tablet.

There is an app available for both Apple and Android devices which gives you the ability to perform simple procedures on stored photos.

The device is super simple and easy to use while providing extremely long battery life for extended periods away from a computer or outlet. The idea is to remove the need to take a bulky or brittle laptop into the wilds while shooting. But still, allow for backing up of critical images while on location.

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While the drive is marketed by DJI, the drive can be used by any photographer. With its ruggedized covering, it’s meant to travel far and wide. Its interfaces make it device agnostic. If you have an SD card (or micro-SD with the included adapter) or a USB connection, this device will work for you and as it’s LaCie it’ll never let you down.

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The LaCie DJI CoPilot has a built-in rechargeable battery and numerous ports to allow connection to most any device. It also features a built-in LCD screen which gives status messages. The entire system is controlled by a smartphone or tablet (IOS or Android) and an app provided by LaCie.

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This app is effectively a File Manager, allowing the copying of various media to the CoPilot drive. In addition to the battery-powered storage, the CoPilot can also serve as a USB charger – meaning it can be the single device you bring with your kit into the field. If your phone runs low on power you can plug it into the included full size USB port and quickly gain enough power to get that last great shot or video clip.

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In addition to these features, the drive is part of the LaCie Ruggedized line – and also slash and water resistant. It is completely surrounded by thick rubber bumpers which even covers the ports – some of them can even be covered while in use (a small slot in the sides allows the wires to extend out for connection).

If your budget allows, you might want to “dump the laptop” and bring along a higher storage and ruggedized device that will allow you to keep your files safe and sound.

  • 2 terabyte (TB) capacity
  • 5.3″ x 4.3″ x 1.4″ (136mm x 111mm x 36mm)
  • 1.2lbs / .53kg
  • Compatible with Window 10 or higher and Mac OS X 10.10 or higher via USB-C 3.1, Thunderbolt, 3, USB  2 or 3
  • Mobile phones/tablets running iOS 10.3 or higher or Android 4.4 or higher
  • Connects to mobile devices via included Lightning, micro USB or USB-C
  • Comes with a wall charger with multi-country adapters as well as a micro USB adapter
  • For reference sake, the 2TB drive can download 31 x 64GB cards. That’s about 70,000 20MP images (at roughly 28MB each) and hours of 4K video. Storage capacity varies depending on your camera settings.