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Crafty Gamer Modifies PS4 To Run with 2 TB “External” SSHD Drive, Claims Better/Cooler Performance

Most gamers normally purchase consoles and then just play on them without touching the hardware. Some like to be a little crazier and disassemble them to change the thermal paste and do similar small-time maintenance, then there are those that go all out, and prefer to go ahead and change things up a bit more radically.

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crs3531289d ago

I STARTED TO DO THIS.... but then I decided against it since I move mine around a lot and didn't feel like having to deal with it.

Mega241289d ago

lol I haven't moved my since launch day.

crs3531289d ago

I had to show its "Greatness" to some friends. I was going to use a 3tb drive that I had laying around. maybe if i run out of space on my 1tb ( if i do ) I will pursue this now that I know its truly possible and not just an idea.

trancefreak1288d ago

Just got by 1TB Hybrid today. Goin to wait to the weekend to back up my PS4 and install the new drive.

I don't want to rush it, I just rather do it with a clear rested head.

crs3531288d ago

Thats always the best thing to do.

Jessika_S1288d ago

I did 1.5TB, I see no point to this unless your going higher then 2TB seems like a waste of time. I would at least do 4TB if Im going to have a wire sticking out of the side connected to a brick.

NeoTribe1288d ago

Make sure you install the os on a flash drive.

trancefreak1287d ago

Thanks neo I just downloaded it and thanks for the heads up.

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Douchebag6961289d ago

I wish I had this kind of savvy. Hats off to you smarter gamers!

BattleTorn1288d ago (Edited 1288d ago )

"Some, like me, like to be a little crazier and disassemble them to change the thermal paste and do similar small-time maintenance"

As someone who did numerous, if not countless, thermal paste repairs back in the RROD-era, this is something I have ZERO desire in continuing to do.

These "small-time maintenance[s]" are often finicky, and require re-do's, sometimes often.
You'd have to consider hardware repair as a whole seperate hobby of yours in order to actually want to do this, willingly.

AndrewLB1288d ago

Changing thermal paste/grease out for some nice silver compound is incredibly easy and most of the time the stock crap companies use is low quality and dries out/degrades in only a year or two. Which will be the death of your console.

Proper thermal compound will last the life of the console and is far more effective at conducting heat away from the APU.

Bebedora1288d ago

Those guys doing these kind of things, I think they know what they are up to and even expects it to be more than a onetime job.
I think they even see it as a kind of kinky feedback to what they have done, of sort.

The same goes to tinkering with configurations and code btw.

GentlemenRUs1289d ago (Edited 1289d ago )

It's not modifying anything at all, The only thing the user is doing is hooking the external SSHD via a SATA cable and powering the SSHD via an external power supply.

It won't void ones warranty.

EDIT: Though I never really did think of doing that till now, Quite clever...
EDIT2: This means you can actually(If you find/make an external power supply/line) use bigger SATA hdd's.
EDIT3: I used to do this with CD/DVD drives which didn't fit in my PC case.

MasterCornholio1289d ago

That's really neat since it doesn't void your warranty.

:)

GentlemenRUs1289d ago (Edited 1289d ago )

Yeah, Basically all the user is doing is connecting this http://www.silicon-edinburg... from the PS4's HDD dock to the SSHD SATA port.

No warranty's voided :P

EDIT: I spy a Sports-Direct mug in that photo on that site.

Grimbarian1289d ago

"EDIT2: This means you can actually(If you find/make an external power supply/line) use bigger SATA hdd's."

This is my PS4 in the article ;) At first I tried to power the HDD via the PS4 but it didn't put out enough power for the HDD and wouldn't boot, hence having to use an external mains to molex adaptor (they only cost £14 or so)

http://www.specialtech.co.u...

Nanux1289d ago

Nice work :) Don't burn it :D

Gamer19821288d ago

Also shuts up those Xbot fanboys who says your cant use external HDDs on PS4. Clearly you can and its really not that hard.. Anybody can do this who knows how to install a HDD.

pody1289d ago

Too bad it ruins the standby feature.

BattleTorn1288d ago (Edited 1288d ago )

Why was standby affected?

FanOfRootBeer1288d ago

Most likely because the system can't put the external drive into standby mode due to its independent power source.

BABY-JEDI1288d ago

Could always have a semi-standby mode.

minimur121288d ago (Edited 1288d ago )

Standby wouldn't be affected.it is an external drive but because of where it's connected the ps4 thinks it's internal. Nothing would be affected for standby mode lmao

Edit:
Fan of

Didn't think about the second power source. Good point.

SnakeCQC1289d ago

external hdds for games are just pure stupid especially for consoles.

Pricey1289d ago

Strictly speaking its still internal from a speed point of view anyway.

rustyspoon801289d ago

It's not exactly an external HDD in the traditional sense. Unless you mean because its outside of the console.

Grimbarian1289d ago

For me the reason I wanted to do it was speed/value, a 7200rpm 2tb hard drive is better value and provides better performance than any of the internal options which are limited by the PS4 only taking a 2.5" hard drive.

Abriael1289d ago

"external" is beetween airquote for a reason. It's placed outside the PS4, but it works exactly like it was internal.

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