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The Inner Workings of Drones and Their Storage Media

Drones are growing in popularity for a variety of uses from taking photos to shipping packages.


What was originally created for military use evolved into a popular technological trend for consumers of all ages. The drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) without a human pilot on board. It is projected that close to 2 million drones will be sold in the United States in 2019 alone and that number will only grow over the next few years.  

What Exactly is a Drone?

These devices were created as a way for military personnel to conduct training and target practice but evolved to more serious uses of reconnaissance, targeted attacks, and surveillance. The military-style drones are much larger while the commercial devices seen in stores today are small enough to fit in a pocket.

There are several sizes of drones including micro, mini, small, and full size. The largest type of drone must be officially registered and will usually have more features. Some of the most popular models on the market today are:

  • DJI Mavic—this model comes in a variety of types like the “ Mavic 2 Enterprise,” “DJI Mavic 2 Pro.” and “Mavic Air.” While each has its own distinct features, they all offer a 4k camera for photos and video shooting.
  • Yuneec Typhoon H Pro—uses collision avoidance technology to prevent damage while shooting video or taking aerial photographs.
  • Walkera Voyager 5-—This model offers a 30x optical zoom camera, thermal infrared light, and low light night vision camera.

How is it Used?

The drone is built using lightweight material to allow for optimal maneuverability. They are controlled by ground control systems and offer cameras, GPS, and lasers. Other features include return-home technology, obstacle detection, and live streaming capabilities.

This technology is used in a variety of ways other than as a defense mechanism in the military. The most common commercial uses include:

  • Capturing movie footage
  • Broadcasting live new broadcasts of breaking news or traffic reports
  • Shipping packages to consumers
  • Monitoring crops in agriculture
  • Shooting aerial shots of a home in the realty industry

There is a vast amount of data that is being collected through the use of these cutting-edge devices, and there are several ways to store this information.

Common Storage for Drone Data

The primary storage for drones is internal and can be accessed by using a USB cable to connect the drone to a computer. A more common and sometimes simpler way to access the data from your device is using external media like an SD card, external hard drive, or USB flash drive. There are many drones on the market now that involve the use of a mobile app to either fly the UAV itself or take pictures without a grounded controller. The information can then be directly saved to your mobile device.

No matter what type of storage media you use for your drone, there is always a chance that your data could be lost. If your storage medium is damaged or fails, you need a professional data recovery company to save your data. The conditions need to be perfect to successfully fly a drone and to recapture the data you lost may seem gone forever. Secure Data Recovery has a 96% success rate in recovering data from all devices and operating systems. Call us for more information at 1-800-388-1266.

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