The capacity of the standard PS4 HD is 500gb. However, games can be almost 50gb for each one which makes it difficult to have more space to digitally download your games or to store them. The fantastic news is that Sony made it very simple for the average person to upgrade their PS4 hard drive. All that is required of you is a standard Phillips screw driver in addition to this ps4 HDD upgrade guide and you can get to work on it.
Upgrade of PS4 Hard Drive – These are the current PS4HD specifications that you should take note of.
2.5 Inches (The standard internal HD of laptop size will be 2.5 inches but this size can also be used by desktops.)
- 9.5mm Size ( 9.5mm Laptop size internal HD)
- 500gb Size (Capacity to store data)
- 5400 RPM (The speed at which the HD operates)
- SATA II (The speed for transferring of data)
Taking all these into consideration you should ensure that you look out for 9.5mm and 2.5 inches when you are searching for a new hard drive, or you will have to return it if it is bigger.
There are a number of PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade specifications that will enable you access a HD that is not so costly.
Size – 1TB (1000GB+) – You really should not get something between 500gb and 1 TB. A 500gb model will help you get something of the same capacity and 750gb will only help you get an extra 5 games worth of storage.
RPM – 5400 is Standard for hard drives but you should be looking out for a 7200RPM HD. The 10000RPM and 15000RPM drives cannot be accessed for 1TB yet and I wouldn’t be inclined to spend $350 on a 10000RPM drive that is only 600MB. Also note that laptops’ consumption of power increases with the RPM, since your console is connected to power, battery life shouldn’t be a problem.
SATA – SATA II has the capacity to transfer data at 3.0 gb/s and SATA III at 6.0 gb/s. if you are upgrading then what you want is a SATA III drive. SATA III is compatible with SATA II in a backwards way. (Note) It is guaranteed that the PS4 makes use of SATA II so although your drive will be a SATA III it will make use of SATA II’s speed.
What about Solid Slate Drive (SSD)? SSD is relatively new and costly to purchase. The general size capacity of available SSD drives are minute when compared to non SSD.
Can I buy an external hard drive? No! External HDs will not function on the PS4 as expected. Games cannot be played the way they are expected to. They cannot be played directly from an external hard drive.
Taking all these into consideration, there are very few options on Amazon and Newegg at the moment. The 1TB 5400RPM drive and the 500gb 7200RPM drive go for the same price as the 1TB 7200RPM drives.
HGST Travelstar 2.5-Inch 1TB Internal HD
Complies with all the RPM, Size and SATA recommendations as well as size recommendations of 9.5mm, 2.5 inches. It Customer Ratings are 123 with 4.5/5 stars.