A Sneak Peak of How to Swap in an HDD on the PS4

Angie Santiago of SpawnFirst reports: "German tech site Computer Bild has gotten their hands on a PlayStation 4 console and show us all how to open it up to swap out the HDD via a few pictures. It seems like a simple enough process and there is also a fancy, customized PlayStation screw that has the Square, X, Circle, and Triangle symbols we all know and love. The HDD is under the piano black plastic and it seemingly pops right off to allow users access to the internal workings of the PS4."

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MultiConsoleGamer1101d ago

This is one of the best features of the PS4.

minimur121101d ago

I've got a 1tb hdd on standby right next to me to switch out. I plan on installing every game on the HDD, plus whatever digital games I buy - along with later in the ps4's lifecycle when PS Plus picks up even more.

But I must say, that is the most ingenious way of 'hiding' the HDD, and that screw is awesome xD

It does look like it would void the warranty however, it seems like it gives you access to alot more that what you'd want if you were to just swap it out. What do you think?

Stsonic1101d ago

Do you manually install games to the hard drive on PS4?

Steven211101d ago

It would not void the warranty. Sony allows it on ps3 and they have said it would not as well. I believe I saw a tweet about it a few months back.

PeaSFor1101d ago

getting a sshd(hybrid) into my ps4.

KwietStorm1101d ago

It doesn't void anything since that's the only way to access the drive, which Sony even suggests you do. Changing anything else, well that's at your own discretion.

Narutone661100d ago

Have you guys seen the screws used? Nice design touch.

LOL_WUT1100d ago

Good to see Sony offering an internal HDD with ENOUGH space. ;)

harrisk9541100d ago

Swapping out the HDD DOES NOT void the warranty. Where do people come up with this stuff?

0ut1awed1100d ago (Edited 1100d ago )

@minmur 12

This will more than likely NOT fit 3.5" desktop HDDs (which seems to be what you are talking about).

Now I'm not trolling, so please read ahead before you go into fanboy mode and immediately disagree with me. It actually has some serious pros because of this.

If it's like the PS3 then it will only take a laptop sized 2.5" hdd. This makes total sense too because if they allowed a standard 3.5" drive it would take up considerably more physical space in the console, therefore making the console much bigger.

One of the images looks to confirm my theory too. Check out how tall the drive is in comparison to his thumb. It's defiantly not a full size 3.5" desktop drive.

The good thing here is all SSDs are 2.5" sized therefore you can pop a SSD in there and have blazing fast performance.

@ harrisk954

Because it doesn't void the warranty? What else do you want to hear?

You're not hacking open the PS4 (or the PS3 for that matter) and installing aftermarket modded parts.

The console is designed around allowing the user swap out a HDD. You pull off a cover, remove a screw, slide the drive bay out and install the new drive and slide the bay back in.

Why it might not be as straight forward as the 360 drive swap, it's still a function designed for the user to do at ease.

solid_snake36561100d ago

Now we just need to know what kind of an HDD it uses. Hopefully its the kind used for the ps3, Cuz I have a 1tb sitting around.

0ut1awed1100d ago (Edited 1100d ago )


Really? I don't want to be rude but the answer to that is in full detail directly above your comment.

abzdine1100d ago

HDD voids the warranty? :) nice one!

XB1_PS41100d ago

Wooow, I reeeaaallly like this.

solid_snake36561100d ago

I have a question, the site mentions that it requires a 2.5" "HGST" 5400 rpm. I have my 1tb from my ps3, will that work as well?

minimur121100d ago

What i meant by my commentwas, on the super slim/pphat when switching the hdd all you can see is the HDD space. However on this it shows circuitboardry and it seems you could actually access more of the consple if you unscrew some stuff.

I may be wrong but hey, also regarding the size of the hard drive size, im positivethat it is 2.5 being as 3.5 is bigger and thicker than you think, and judgong by the size of the console, its definitely 2.5.

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Mystogan1101d ago

That is pretty handy. I'm gonna have to buy a 2TB external one for my X1

black0o1100d ago

brick! and ex-hard_drive! ..

the fact that xbone is bigger in size it amaze me, man those engineers took the easy way in designing the box

nunley331100d ago

You may be able to movies from that on x1, too you can't change the hdd in it like ps4.

MasterCornholio1100d ago

What if your internal hardrive breaks after the warranty expires?

Nexus 7 2013

nunley331100d ago

@master its like sending in an out of warranty ps3 now,they'll fix it but it'll cost you a flat $150

MasterCornholio1100d ago



And I only paid 60$ for my 1TB in my PS3........ And its a bloody good drive since it barely makes any noise.

P.S If the HDD breaks in my PS4 I'll just replace it with my 1TB HDD that's in my PS3.

Nexus 7 2013

humbleopinion1100d ago

But they cost around the same, when you buy the external 2TB drive on the X1 it means you don't have to throw away the 500GB internal hard drive.

harrisk9541100d ago

The One Box is the 3, minimum box: External HDD, Power Brick, Cable box.

harrisk9541100d ago


"its like sending in an out of warranty ps3 now,they'll fix it but it'll cost you a flat $150"

Ummm.... has MS announced that? Who knows what MS's customer service plans are if that issue arises. The $150 fix for Sony is for pretty much anything that breaks -- it has nothing to do with the PS3 HDD. For MS to charge $150 (if that is what it ends up being) to replace broken HDD would be almost gouging.

Mystogan1100d ago


At least we're not hearing X1 having overheating issues and freezing.

boneso821100d ago

It won't work, external drives are not supported on X1, and you can't change the internal. Sorry I have to lol

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Muerte24941101d ago

Now if only this site will give us an actual walkthrough of the PS4's UI.

Tsar4ever011100d ago

This is one of the best features of the PS3 also. DUH!

warczar1100d ago

Man, I was hoping I could buy an oversized, overpriced piece of proprietary shit.

Oh wait, I must of been having a flashback to when I tried to upgrade my 360's hard drive.

warczar1100d ago

I saw an opportunity and I took it. I didn't mean to offend anyone, except maybe Microsoft executives.

Animal Mutha 761100d ago

Yeah I like that they give you the option and the method of entry looks quite funky as well.

I guess over time owners will be able to stick in massive drives.

Do we know the file system support for this console yet? PS3 was fat32 I think and had limitations for file size and external drive partitions. I liked putting video onto my PS3 but didn't like the 4.3gb restriction.

One feature that I wish xbox had kept. Not sure why they would want to remove a handy feature like that. Now I know that an external USB 3 drive could in some cases be faster than an internal but I prefer to have the choice. 500gb just won't cut it for very long ms and cloud isn't a realistic large storage medium.

SpitFireAce851100d ago

Whats a good 2TB HDD to swap i would like to get
one but just unsure which one.54000rpm 7200Rpm ?

Jazz41081100d ago (Edited 1100d ago )

they both will be fine. XBOX Is requiring all games are installed so I am sure they have a very easy alternative for more storage and I expect the cloud to also alleviate storage on the internal drive. I sure do like that sony has left it up to the user. I do however think that its not fat32 so the old drives most likley will not work anymore.

FamilyGuy1100d ago

you format the drive the second you put a new one in so it wouldn't matter whether it's Fat32 or any other format.

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karamsoul1101d ago

I agree. 3TB drive HERE I COME!

coolasj1101d ago

It won't fit. The platters stack it's too thick. 2.5" only too. Laptop HDDs.

karamsoul1101d ago

watch what happens in one more year. 3TB-2.5-inch-laptop-HDD-that-f its-in-a-PS4 HERE WE COME!!!

nunley331100d ago

There are some 2.5 hdds that won't fit either so gotta check the dimensions and if online,look at the comments.

iamnsuperman1101d ago

It looks a lot easier and more convenient than it was on the PS3 (which was still easy anyway). I really do like this feature. Also that screw head. Weirdly cute.

rainslacker1100d ago

Don't damage that screw. One day when Sony wants to cut costs they'll go to a generic screw and this screw will become a collectors item.:)

I agree though, it's a nice touch, kinda like Sony saying, "hi, yes you can do what you want with me".

prodg521100d ago

Yeah the "blue screw of death". It was easy to strip in the PS3. If anyone is attempting it, I suggest using needle nose pliers from the start.

richierich1101d ago

I hope that they aren't using them screws that they used in the PS3 the heads of those were too easily damaged.

Deagle1101d ago

Yeah, that damn blue screw was a pain in the ass too take out too.