Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition FireCuda External Hard Drive Review

If Seagate’s recent offerings are any indication, we’re living in the age of branded TV and movie-related storage products. Or, at least, Seagate does: The company’s FireCuda Spider-Man Special Edition external hard drive ($139.99 for 2TB), its first foray into the Marvel Universe, is very similar in design and functionality. to his Disney/star wars Mandalorian Theme Seagate FireCuda Grogu and Beskar Ingot discs. Designed to appeal to fans willing to pay a little more for the web-slinger’s image, this is a solid, high-performance deck. external hard drivebut with a dated connection (no USB-C) and a rather short warranty.

DESIGN: With great storage comes great responsibility.

The Spider-Man drive measures 0.6 x 3.2 x 4.8 inches (HWD), a typical size for portable external hard drives, and weighs 5.9 ounces. Its top and sides are red, with the top bearing an action shot of Spidey. Cool stuff, unlike the underside of the drive where, with certification information and a nod to copyright at Marvel, you see a big oval surrounded by eight stubby legs, depicted in dark blue on a light blue background . It’s clearly meant to depict the logo on Spider-Man’s back, but something is lost in translation. [Agreed, I see more of a tick than a spider. Ed.]

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The drive uses a USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface. In the center of one end is a USB Micro-B port, which connects using a supplied cable to a USB Type-A port on your computer. There is a status light on the same end. USB-C support is notably absent; there’s no second cable or USB-A-to-C adapter in the box.

Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition Reader Interface

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The player has RGB lighting, which defaults to white but may appear blue (due to the blue base) depending on your viewing angle. You can customize the lighting scheme with the free Seagate Toolkit software.

Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition drive connector

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Seagate backs the drive with a one-year warranty and offers one-year access to its Rescue Data Recovery Services(Opens in a new window). According to Seagate, the lab claims a 95% success rate for HDD and HDD data recovery. While access to recovery service is a nice (and atypical) perk, the one-year warranty coverage is meager. Most external drives are warranted for at least three years, while many come with five-year warranties.

Seagate Ghost-Spider, Spider-Man and Miles Morales drives

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The Spider-Man drive we reviewed, which shows the traditional Peter Parker Spider-Man, is one of three available hard drives depicting different residents of the Spider-Verse. The others are Miles Morales, the hero of the 2018 animated film, and Gwen Stacy, aka Ghost-Spider. Presumably, Marvel and Seagate are keeping villains like Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, the Lizard, and Mysterio in store, though we’d like to thank Peter Porker, the Amazing Spider-Ham.

Beyond that, the entire Marvel Universe awaits. Scheduled to coincide with the theatrical release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Seagate launched a line of Black Panther records(Opens in a new window) featuring King T’Challa, his sister Princess Shuri, warrior Okoye, and a Walmart-exclusive King of Wakanda player.

Seagate Spider-Man drive review: On-point platter drive

We ran our first two tests from a 2016 MacBook Pro using the laptop’s Thunderbolt 3 ports with the Spider-Man drive in its default exFAT format. The BlackMagic Disk Speed ​​Benchmark for Mac only measures a drive’s throughput for reading and writing various video formats. The Seagate drive landed in the middle of the very narrow range of scores tallied by recent external hard drives, although its folder copy results were sluggish even by platter drive standards.

We also ran our Crystal DiskMark and PCMark 10 Overall storage tests on our Intel X299 testbed with the Spider-Man drive reformatted to Windows-centric NTFS. It performed well overall, with sequential read and write speeds measured by Crystal DiskMark 6.0, which is typical for a portable hard drive. Its overall PCMark 10 score was near the top of the relatively small group of hard drives on which we ran the current version of this test.

Seagate Spider-Man Special Edition drive logo

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A drive to get your Spidey-Senses tingles

The FireCuda Spider-Man Special Edition external hard drive is essentially the same product as Seagate’s Mandalorian-branded Grogu and Beskar Ingot drives, in addition to being pre-formatted in exFAT. The device delivered quick results in our overall PCMark 10 test, but lagged in our Folder Copy benchmark.

As with similar gear we’ve seen, you’ll pay a premium for the character portrait (here, Peter Parker). Cost-conscious shoppers will be better off with the Editors’ Choice Award 5 TB WD My Passport, which can be found for as little as 2.4 cents per gigabyte and offers a five-year warranty and hardware encryption. But true believers needn’t be deterred: the Spider-Man Special Edition is a solid product that’s fun to use and makes a great collector’s item or conversation piece.

Seagate Spider-Man FireCuda Special Edition External Hard Drive


  • Striking Spider-Man decor

  • Solid performance in the PCMark 10 benchmark

  • Includes one year of access to data recovery service

  • RGB lighting with status LEDs

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The essential

Seagate’s Spider-Man FireCuda 2TB Hard Drive is a beautifully styled external drive for fans of the franchise. It’s an on-point performer for a platter unit, but it lacks USB-C connectivity, and you’re paying a premium for the Spidey design.

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