Do you really need to increase PS4 HDD Capacity?
One of the biggest problems we facing with our PS4 is the HDD capacity. Imagine if you had a 500GB hard drive, which seems a lot at the beginning, but with today’s games, it only took seven to eight games to reach 90% capacity. Not to mention saved data, saved gameplay video, and others. You already wipe out some finished game and don’t want to erase more games remembering how long it takes to download the game fully. I use a PS4 Slim that comes with 1 TB HDD capacity, and I have to erase a few games to maintain 80% capacity. Some of the largest games in my storage are Final Fantasy XV and Dragon Age Inquisition which takes 55-60 GB storage each.
The only solution for this is by upgrading your internal capacity with 2.5″ laptop HDD, but you must do some “work” with your PS4. Unfortunately, not all of us are familiar with detached a PS4 with the screwdriver as it well it might break the warranty.
However, just a few days ago there’s good news for this thanks to latest Sony 4.50 firmware updates, now you able to use an external hard disk which connected via USB. Simply find an external HDD with 3.0 USB and a minimum capacity of 250GB, plug into your PS4 USB slot, and you are ready to go.
[update March 15, 2017]
To be able to use the external HDD as PS4 HDD, make sure to update to latest 4.50 firmware, then you must do this following process to format the HDD:
Head to Settings > Devices > USB Storage Devices and select your external hard drive.
Select Format as Extended Storage
Now the formatting is done, the hard drive now compatible ONLY with your ps4 and can’t be used on other devices (thanks to Calvin to mention this on comment section)
However, which is the best external hard drive for PS4, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Pro? For your information, there are three types of the storage in the market nowadays: standard HDD, solid state drives (SSD), and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) each with their pro and cons. In short, HDD is the most affordable but slowest, SSD is the fastest but most expensive, and SSHD is in between of both. So, this makes more difficult as there are plenty more options.
So, we have researched the data storage market and have some of the best PlayStation 4 hard drive upgrades available for any budget and quality.
Here are the Best external hard drives for PS4
1. Samsung SSD T3 500GB
Capacity: 500GB | Storage Type: SSD
+ Faster loading times by SSD
+ Compact and Lightweight
It may be expensive, but Samsung SSD T3 is the best in term of compact size and loading times. If you want to level up your loading times, an SSD is an excellent choice.
The 500GB version is the one with the most sensible price. There’s also 1TB and 2TB models available, but they are very expensive; nearly twice the cost of 500GB (for the 1TB version) and more than three times for the 2TB version. If you really want more storage and don’t care much about the price than you may go for the larger capacity.Check the full specs here
2. Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External HDD
Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: HDD
+ Great price
+ Attractive design
– HDD speed
Seagate Expansion is the affordable options if you just need some extra storage. The 1 TB addition is a worthy addition to your PS4 and it can provide storage up to 20-30 games. This one from Seagate also has other storage options up to 4TB.Check the full specs here
3. WD 2TB Elements Portable External HDD
Capacity: 2TB | Storage Type: HDD
+ Affordable price for 2TB storage
+ Will hold plenty of games
– HDD speed
WD 2TB Elements is another affordable HDD with plenty of storage. With 2 TB you mostly no need to worry about storage in the next three or four years, add this with PS4 standard storage and you already get 2.5TB of space. Or if you prefer more storage there’s also 3TB model available. It won’t run out anytime soon, believe me.Check the full specs here
4. Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive
Capacity: 5TB | Storage Type: HDD
+ Exceptional Price
+ Huge storage for any games
– Need to always plug in to power source
Say goodbye to delete data function. With this Seagate Expansion with 5TB capacity you can virtually forget about the storage limitation. You like to auto buy new games and download all free PS Plus has to offer, like to keep 100, 200 games? With this amount of storage, anything is possible!Check the full specs here
And for you who has the PS4 White Glacier version…
5. WD 4TB My Passport White
Capacity: 4TB | Storage Type: HDD
+ Large amount of storage for any games
+ Perfect match for PS4 glacier white (or similar color)
– Again, HDD speed
This WD My Passport White is the perfect match for PS4 Glacier White version, if you have one. If you don’t like black or white and rather colorful, there are also other color options to choose: blue, red, orange, or yellow. Other than the attractive white color and design, don’t forget to mention its large storage capacity; a 4TB is also virtually enough to download all PS Plus free games… well maybe until the PS5 comes out some time later.