How To Upgrade Your PS4's Hard Drive

With many great games coming to PS4 this year, make sure you have enough space to make room for those hefty next-gen install sizes! Here's how to upgrade your PS4's hard drive in a step-by-step tutorial.

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dp2774071486d ago

I'ts a great idea, I have a 1.5 terabyte in mine now and I know once there is a steady flow of games and updates i'll need all the space I can get.

Fireseed1486d ago

Does anyone know whether the drive it comes with is 5400rpm or 7400 rpm?

ziggurcat1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

it's 5400rpm

there's really no reason to get a 7200rpm drive anyway as the speed difference is negligible.

GameSpawn1485d ago (Edited 1485d ago )

Unless you are running a 10K or 15K "server" grade drive, RPM performance gains between 5400 and 7200 are negligible in comparison to the gains you get from cache size and SSD+HDD hybrid drives.

5400RPM drives are better in the fact they have a longer lifespan due to the slower speed -- less wear and tear. The only drives you should avoid like the plague are "Green" drives that are either listed at an awkward 5900RPMs or don't list the RPMs at all. Green drives constantly put the drive in "sleep" mode and dynamically change the rotation speed in order to reduce power consumption, BUT this comes at a steep cost of severe drive motor wear and tear.

Either stick with high quality hybrid drives (SSD+HDD combos) or look for "server/professional& quot ; grade drives with large cache sizes and high MTBFs (mean time between failures).

fenome1486d ago

It comes with a 5400, so that's your safest bet.

Fireseed1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

Thank you! :D See I was debating about upgrading to a spare SSD I have laying around. Just wondering how much of a performance boost I'll see compared to whatever it was that was in it prior.

fenome1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

I've thought about trying out solid states, but right now the gigabyte to price ratio just doesn't seem worth it to me. If you do end up using the SSD let me know how it works out and if you can actually tell the difference in a console, I've never used one and that's something I'm curious about.

SaffronCurse1486d ago

I've watched some videos on the comparisons between HDD and SSD and SSD does seem to have better loading times and bootups.

sourav931486d ago

You really don't wanna be using SSDs on consoles...SSDs require a feature called TRIM for them to keep functioning properly, which is available in OS's such as Windows, OS X, etc. Console OSs don't have the TRIM sooner or later, than speed bump will disappear anyways.

Geekman1486d ago

Meh. Sounds like work.

Hicken1486d ago

It's like a 3 minute operation.

Geekman1486d ago

And that was like a 4 word joke that you took seriously.

Hicken1486d ago

Around here, there are quite a few that would say that and be serious.

MasterCornholio1485d ago

You know what's even more work?

Replacing the Xbox One HDD.

Oh and doing that will void your warranty.


Ripsta7th1486d ago

Anyone what the limit is?? When I upgrade I want to go like 2TB

ziggurcat1486d ago

the limit is how thick the drive is - it can only be 1cm thick. so if you can find a 2+ TB drive that's 1cm thick, go nuts.

OmegaShen1486d ago

What ever you can fit in it, you can use a 3.5 hard drive/SSD. Just have to have it sit outside the system and if it needs more power.

Well I think get it, my friend runs 4tb's in his PS3 and who knows what in his PS4.

fenome1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

We're still waiting on consumer release for those, you've gotta get one that's 2.5" x 9.5 mm. You'll also want to stick with 5400rpm as opposed to 7400 because the one it comes with is 5400 and you don't want to add extra heat.

Anything you find that is 2.5" x 9.5mm or lower and spins at 5400rpms will work though. If you find a 2tb with those specs let me know.

I know Seagate is about to release one, but I haven't heard anything about it in a while. It's called the Spinpoint M9T. That's the one I'm holding out for:

I guess they have the 2tb version of this already out for consumption in an external HDD, you just have to crack it open, take it out and put it in your PS4. I've heard people talking about it. I'm just gonna wait till they actually release the internal, but if you're interested in trying that out just google it, you'll find it..

morganfell1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

Actually the PS4 will handle up to 12.5mm drives as well so the 12mm versions fit nicely. The PS3 was limited to the original standard of 9.5mm. However it will not handle the new 15mm drives.

I currently run 1.5TB drives in both my PS4s and space, so far, has been plentiful.

Remember, the new Sony firmware coming in a month or so will allow recording to external drives so you will save some space there as well.

fenome1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

Oh, cool, thanks. I stand corrected, I thought it was the same size as the PS3. Evidently I need to catch up on my research :)

Also thanks for the info on that firmware update, I wasn't sure when they were gonna release that one.


LordofPwn1486d ago

Got a 2TB in my PS4. Works great. And it only cost $120.

heisenberguk1486d ago

500gb is enough for me as I don't keep many games and just delete them when I'm done!

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