If you are a serious PS4 gamer, then you probably have quite a lot of games on your console. Since the modern games take up a lot of space on your hard drive, especially if you prefer to buy the digital version, sooner or later you will get to a point to either delete some of your PS4 game or upgrade to a larger drive. Most of AAA games today comes in 30-50GB in size while the standard version of PS4 has “only” 500GB hard drive ready. I personally use PS4 Slim with 1TB of HDD, but now already filled up nearly 70% of it. The FF XV alone takes space around 40GB.

If you plan to play or download a lot of games, one better option is to upgrade your hard drive. Whether you have PS4, PS4 Slim, or PS4 Pro, with upgrades your PS4 may boot quicker and has faster loading times.

Also thanks to the 2.50 system software update, you can now use a new backup and restore to upgrade your hard drive without losing data. This means you save all the settings of the game and you do not need to download and over hundreds of GBs of data.

A common question here is, which hard drive should I choose, and for what budget? To begin, there are three types of hard drive available on the market:

  • Regular HDD
  • Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHD)

Our team already conduct some research then we try to present our list of The Best PS4 Hard Drive Upgrades 2017. Check some of our recommendation here and you can also ask us for some suggestion by commenting below.

Seagate 1TB SSHD Gaming ST1000LM014

Capacity: 1 TB | Storage Type : SSHD

Pros
+ Fast performance with relatively cheap price
+ Double the storage of standard PS4 HDD

Cons
 5400 RPM speed

The Seagate 1TB SSHD Gaming is storage with many advantages, combining the advantages of HDD and SSD in one. High-speed data transfer as SSD and hard drive storage capacity is great as are the key advantages of this SSHD. However, this drive only has the spindle speed of 5400RPM so the speed improvement wouldn’t be as significant as the SSD.

But still, this SSHD still has a reasonable price, for doubling your storage capacity, less than $100.

 

Seagate 1TB HDD Laptop ST1000LM035

Capacity: 1 TB | Storage Type : HDD

Pros
+ Cheap price
+ Double the storage of standard PS4 HDD

Cons
 5400 RPM speed

Seagate 1TB HDD Laptop Model is the best choice for consumers with less budget. But the low prices also comes with a setback. Because this is a HDD, you won’t get speed improvement compare to standard PS4 HDD.

So if you prefer upgrades with a low budget for under $60 and don’t mind with the same speed, this is the HDD for you.

 

Seagate 2TB Laptop HDD ST2000LM007

Capacity: 2 TB | Storage Type : HDD

Pros
+ Cheap price
+ Four times the storage of standard PS4 HDD

Cons
 5400 RPM speed

If you look for capacity with affordable budget and don’t mind with the slower speed than the SSHD, then the Seagate’s 2TB Laptop HDD is the best option.

Now your PS4 can have four times the storage than the standard HDD, to keep buying or downloading any games you want for some years to come. This drive also gives downside though, you won’t get any faster installation or loading times compare to standard PS4 drive.

 

FireCuda 2TB Seagate SSHD

Capacity: 2 TB | Storage Type : SSHD

Pros
+ Fast performance
+ Four times the storage of standard PS4 HDD

Cons
 Expensive compared to HDD
 Requires additional component (Nyko data bank)

Seagate FireCuda 2TB Barracuda SSHD of this variant carries a special feature, where the series is claimed to ensure reliability and performance, whether it’s used on a PS4 or laptop. About the performance, Seagate HDD is claimed to have the speed of 140 MB / sec.

With 2TB now you can wait and swap all of PS plus free games and do gameplay video capturing anytime you like without worrying the space too much.

(Update January 24, 2017)

For installation, this is a 3.5″ HDD normally found on desktop computers, so it won’t fit inside the PS4 case. Instead, this drive have to put on the top of the PS4 and use addition case, for example, the Nyko Data Bank. This can ensure a neat cover for the console and routes its SATA/ power connections through the PS4’s 2.5″ drive.

 

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB

Capacity: 1 TB | Storage Type : SSD

Pros
+ Fast SSD Speed
+ More reliable compared to HDD/SSHD

Cons
 Quite expensive

Compared to previous type 840 EVO, Samsung EVO 850 types showed an increase in overall user experience up to 13%, largely due to random write speed (write speed random) which has now increased almost two-fold. 850 EVO gives you the best performance in its class, with the read and write speeds continuously (sequential read / write speed) reaches up to approximately 540MB / sec and 520MB / sec. Samsung 850 EVO mSATA is a speed machine.

But one thing to remember is, using this SSD in a PS4 different if compare to use it on a PC. In PC the improvement in speed is more guaranteed, but for PS4 is depend on the game. So, whether or not you want to pick this drive is yours to choose!

 

Western Digital Black 6TB WD6001FZWX

Capacity: 6 TB | Storage Type : HDD

Pros
+ Faster than standard PS4 HDD
+ Twelve times the storage of standard PS4 HDD

Cons
 Requires additional component
 Slower compare to SSD and SSHD

WD also has the drive for gamers, the WD Black 6TB WD6001FZWX which certainly makes sense for very large storage pools. The PS4 game sometimes reached around 50GB in size (not including DLC, updates, and add-on), so the models 6TB WD Black can add real value to your PS4. Same as Firecude 2TB SSHD above, you also need the Nyko Data Bank. This can ensure a neat cover for the console and routes its SATA/ power connections through the PS4’s 2.5″ drive.

One thing to remember, the PS4 above CUH-1200 can handle drive more than 4 TB up to 8TB, so please ensure yours is compatible with this drive before purchasing it.

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. the firecuda has a 3.5″ form factor(as listed on the amazon website), meaning the use of the nyko databank will be required

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