Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive
A basic Seagate FireCuda External Hard Drive emblazoned with eye-popping Spider-Man artwork. A must for any Spider-Man fan that wants a Spider-Man hard drive to just show they own a Spider-Man hard drive. Come on. LED strip, USB 3.2 Gen 1. It’s just enough to make sense if you even open the box. If you don’t, the Marvel branded box will look great next to your Spider-Man Funko Pop! figures.
Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive Review
No one buys a Spider-Man hard drive (HD) because they need a $100+ 2TB drive. No, those people buy a Seagate drive at Costco when it’s in the sales brochure. People buy a Spider-Man disk drive because they like Spider-Man. And that means this drive doesn’t fall under the same consideration for performance or cost-per-terabyte as a regular black enclosure HD.
Come on; you’ve stood in line at a Con for much less.
Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive Specifications
- Weight: 5.9 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 0.57 x 3.15 x 4.82 inches
- Hard Drive Interface: USB 3.0
- Hard Drive Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM
What we like
First, the Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive looks great. Classic Spider-Man in red and blue shooting his web off the edge of the enclosure. A white LED strip glows at the bottom of the drive as it writes. The LED can be controlled via software. If the images of the drive don’t get you to want one, then nothing else in this review will get you to buy one. But look at that drive. Don’t you want to have it emerge from your bag at a meeting, hook it up to your Mac and say, “Time Machine. With a job like mine, great power comes with great responsibility.”
Seagate demonstrates its responsibility with a 3-year limited warranty and 3 years of Rescue Data Recovery Services. Should the HD fail, Seagate will try to get your data back.
In a nod to the fun that should be part of a purchase like this, the Seagate stickers in the box are complemented by Spider-Man stickers.
Spider-Man isn’t the only version available. Check out all three drive enclosures, including Ghost-Spider and Miles Morales versions. Save the art; the drives themselves are the same. Star Wars fans can buy the same drive as a Beskar Ingot (the steel of the Mandalorian armor).
What could be improved
The Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive uses a Micro B connector, which can be terminated by any other USB depending on the cable. I used the supplied USB 3.2 Gen 1 cable with an adapter to connect to USB-C on my MacBook Pro. I would prefer the drive employ USB-C as its native connection.
Since superheroes always need more, I would like to see the drive in a larger size, by default or as an option. And since the Avengers work with Stark and other techno-gurus, I would love to see this drive as an external SSD. Of course, that would drive up the cost a bit…but hey, Spider-Man. If people buy a middle-of-the-road drive, wouldn’t they also be inclined to buy a high-performance one? (Note, a Seagate 1TB Beskar Ingot M.2 Internal SSD runs about $180 at Amazon.)
Unfortunately, my drive arrived just after macOS Ventura, so the LED control software on the Mac didn’t work, but all of the HD management software did. I reformatted the HD to AFPS and turned my drive into a Time Machine drive and backup storage. Apple’s file system now manages Spidey’s allocation tables.
Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive: The Bottom Line
On the inside, the Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive is a 2TB FireCuda drive. It is what it is. The outside offers great artwork that a fan will want in the collection, even if they don’t open the box.
Seagate provided the Spider-Man Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive for review. Images courtesy of Seagate.
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