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.
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.
Does anyone know whether the drive it comes with is 5400rpm or 7400 rpm?
it's 5400rpm there's really no reason to get a 7200rpm drive anyway as the speed difference is negligible.
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).
It comes with a 5400, so that's your safest bet.
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.
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.
I've watched some videos on the comparisons between HDD and SSD and SSD does seem to have better loading times and bootups.
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 feature...so sooner or later, than speed bump will disappear anyways.
5400 is recommended.
Meh. Sounds like work.
It's like a 3 minute operation.
And that was like a 4 word joke that you took seriously.
Around here, there are quite a few that would say that and be serious.
You know what's even more work? Replacing the Xbox One HDD. Oh and doing that will void your warranty. :I
Anyone what the limit is?? When I upgrade I want to go like 2TB
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.
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.
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: http://www.seagate.com/www-... EDIT: 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..
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.
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. +helpful
Got a 2TB in my PS4. Works great. And it only cost $120.
500gb is enough for me as I don't keep many games and just delete them when I'm done!
Great guide. I've been wonder on exact specs, this is helpful. I've upgraded my PS3 with a Western Digital...overall reviews were better than the Seagate. I don't know anything about the Samsung HHDs. Love their TVs though! @Fireseed Not 100% sure, but I'm thinking the speed needs to be kept at the 5400 mark. Optimal for keeping things cool?
I upgraded mine as soon as I got it with a 1TB Seagate SSHD. They still have the same one I bought on Amazon for $95. I never actually used the drive it came with so as for how much of a performance boost I got by upgrading I really don't know. But because I am going all digital with the PS4 I knew I needed the space and everything loads extremely quick as well.
I like digital games but iwould be foolish to buy everything digital. If there's a good collector's edition with a statue or other physical goods,that beats digital. I bought alot of digital on ps3 but they were mostly all plus games or games on sale at a good price to negate the downside of digital over the disc.
can you upgrade to a SSD? instead of an HDD? would it perform better?
Like I said to an earlier commenter, 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 feature...so sooner or later, than speed bump will disappear anyways. In fact, it might end up performing worse than HDDs.
You may wanna check out the hybrid sshd drives,part solid state,part regular drive and gets good performance too compared to regular hdd.
This article is old going back to november but it's still good,i plan on doing this later.
Jeff257, I've had that drive in my amazon wish list since the week before the ps4 launch. Not sure why I waited but I'm still planning on jumping on that one soon, I watched comparison vids when the ps4 first launched and it was cutting a solid chunk from load times
Hybrid Drive seems to be the way to go. Almost the speed of a solid but no where near the cost and you can still get them large. Had a 1TB Seagate before I even had my PS4. I booted my PS4 just to make sure it worked, then put the drive in before I played anything.
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