PS4 4tb Storage Capacity Guide – The Best Options

PS4 4tb storage upgradeSo many PS4 users complain of the too limited storage capacity of their game console as it runs out of space within just the first very months after purchase. Games are huge in size and quickly filling up the hard drive and new games can’t find their way to your console because of the lack of space. Some users would just resolve this issue by deleting old games and install the new ones, but to others, especially those who use a shared console, or those who have already built a solid reputation online as PS4 heroes mastering some particular games, it’s not a handy solution.

The best option in this situation is to expand the storage capacity of PS4, either by upgrading the internal hard drive to a larger one, or get an extended storage via an external hard drive attached to your PS4.

A 4tb of storage space is assumed to please the overwhelming majority of enthusiasts and suffice their needs for more than 2 years. But still, there are users with exceptional needs who need the largest possible storage capacity on their PS4.

Although this guide addresses the best methods to getting 4tb of storage capacity for PS4 (whether it’s the Pro or Slim model), users who look for even more storage can still benefit from the tricks laid out here.

Method #1: Internal & External HDD Upgrade

Note that this method works for all models of PS4, whether it's PS4 Standard, PS4 Slim or PS4 PRO.

Also note that this method is not the fastest or easiest solution. If you're not a savvy and have zero knowledge about storage and backup, you better avoid this to the second method.

The concept of this method is simple—upgrade the current stock hard drive of PS4 to a high-performance 2tb SSHD as the primary storage device, alongside a 2tb modern external hard drive. That way you’ll reach the 4tb capacity you want and gain a high performance at the same time.

A Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) is a brilliant compromise between the super speed of SSD, the vast capacity of HDD, and a price as low as that of a mechanical hard drive. It smartly utilizes the SSD portion as a 2nd-tier caching medium, where the frequently-used data are stored for a future faster launch (usually after the 5th round).

For the overwhelming majority of PS4’s fanboys, we recommend this method of upgrade over all other methods, unless your needs are exceptional.

Advantages of this method

There are two compelling advantages of this method that make it on the top of all other methods, which are:

  • You’re able to leverage the power of SSHD that will noticeably enhance the overall performance of PS4 system. The operating system will load faster as well as the core applications and games and their saves will need less time to launch.
  • You can classify and organize your games according to your preference, because then you have two storage places on your PS4 that will help in organization.
  • You can play games stored on the external hard drive on your friend’s console. Just make sure these games are licensed under your account. You need an internet connection to verify this.
Drawbacks

These drawbacks may hold-off non-savvy users from going with this method, which are:

  • In order to retain your currently stored data, you need first to backup the whole hard drive externally, re-install the PS4 system software from scratch, then restore your backed-up games on the new drive. Although this is an easy operation, it’s to some users a hassle that must be avoided.
  • Because you’re “playing” with the components of PS4 architecture by removing the stock hard drive, you will lose your 1 year warranty. (This is indicated from the first paragraph of warranty statement of PS4). But honestly, this is not a big issue with a solid console like PS4 that will rarely, very rarely, get impaired/damaged.
  • After the upgrade process is accomplished, you’ll have the stock hard drive as a surplus. Either dispose of it or re-use it as an external hard drive with a small capacity.

SSHD Recommendation

There are not many options of SSHD to select among because there’s only one company in the data storage industry that produce SSHD in 2.5-inch form, which is: Seagate. Therefore, we’re going to recommend only one item in this section that represents the latest efforts of Seagate in SSHD space.

Seagate Firecuda Gaming SSHD
ST2000LX001

With this drive you’ll get the following:

  • 2tb of storage capacity
  • 128mb 1st-tier buffer cache.
  • 2nd-tier 8gb SSD cache.

These features are sufficient to make a major improvement to the performance of PS4 systems.

External HDD Recommendations

The external HDD below are very good for their purpose, and we haven’t recommended more than 2tb drives since our goal is to reach the 4tb storage capacity.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB
STDR2000100
WD 2TB My Passport
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Toshiba Canvio Connect II 2TB
HDTC820XK3C1

Method #2: Using 4tb External HDD only

This is the easiest and fastest way to upgrade your PS4 console to 4tb. It works also for PS4 Slim and PS4 PRO.

The concept of this method is to keep the stock hard drive intact without touching it, and just connect a 4tb external hard drive via the backside USB port of PS4, then format it with a special utility offered by PS4 system, and you’re done.

You’ll have some performance improvement with this method if you use a modern external hard drive (like the ones we recommend), because the stock hard drive model of PS4 is too old (more than 6-year old) and outdated/obsolete.

Advantages of this method
  • You don’t have to go through the hassles of upgrading the internal hard drive. It’s a direct ad quick upgrade that doesn’t require anything but formatting the external drive in order to become compatible with PS4 System.
  • Unlike internal HDD upgrade, this method doesn’t void the warranty. This is a source of reassurance to a variety of users who have this concern.
  • You can take your games and play them with your friends on their own PS4. Just make sure the games are licensed under your account and you have an internet connection to verify that online on the new PS4.
Drawbacks
  • You won’t get the same level of performance improvement that the first method offers. This might not be an issue to many users who are already pleased by the current performance of their console.
  • PS4 system software cannot be installed on the external hard drive, neither can game saves be stored there.
  • You won’t be able to take a backup copy of the external hard drive because PS4 system only allows the connection of one external storage device at the same time.
  • Connecting an external hard drive to PS4 body means more wires and additional devices that might be a source of annoyance to some users.

4tb External HDD Recommendations

The first option in this section (i.e. Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4tb) is the fastest traditional, non-SSD, external hard drive. It’s basically two hard drives configured in RAID-0 to offer double the speed of a single drive. Therefore, it offers a transfer speed up to 220 MB/s. But you have to bear in mind that, although this drive will speed up the loading process of the games installed on it, don’t dream to hit the peak performance for your PS4 without upgrading the internal stock hard drive.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB
STDA4000100
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB
STDR4000100
WD 4TB Black USB 3.0
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How to expand PS4 storage using an external HDD

The following video explains how to use an external hard drive as an extended storage for PS4.


Method #3: Upgrade PS4 HDD with 4tb Drive

This method only works for PS4 standard, and neither PS4 PRO nor PS4 Slim users can make use of it because the equipment used for this operation (i.e. Data Bank) isn’t available for them. (read more about that here).

The concept of this method is that you replace the obsolete, low-quality stock hard drive of PS4 with a more powerful hard drive that offers a 4tb of storage capacity with a better performance.

Since there’ no 4tb hard drive in 2.5-inch form factor that fits into PS4 drive cage (which also needs a thickness no more than 9.5mm), we are going to use a 3.5-inch desktop hard drives in this method, with the help of an equipment called Data Bank.

To readers who don’t know what a data bank is, it is an equipment/accessory that incorporates with the constitution of PS4 as an alternative hard drive bay that accepts 3.5-inch form factor hard drives.

Advantages of this method

This method offers some nice advantages to PS4 users, that are:

  • Allows users to benefit from the power of all types SATA desktop hard drives that are known to be better than 2.5″ drives in terms of capacity, speed and reliability. That means you have the flexibility to choose the hard drive brand you like, without sticking to one brand or model.
  • Internal storage upgrade for PS4 is the best way to increase its performance. You’ll get the PS4 operating system load faster with its core applications, as well as installed games.
  • There’s no limit on the hard drive size you can use with this method. You simply can upgrade to even 100tb capacity if you find the right HDD for it.
Drawbacks

This method isn’t free of drawbacks that might concern some users, which are:

  • In order to retain your currently stored data, you need first to backup the whole hard drive externally, re-install the PS4 system software from scratch, then restore your backed-up games on the new drive. Although this is an easy operation, it’s to some users a hassle that must be avoided.
  • Because you’re “playing” with the components of PS4 architecture by removing the stock hard drive, you will lose your 1 year warranty. (This is indicated from the first paragraph of warranty statement of PS4). But honestly, this is not a big issue with a solid-built console like PS4 that will rarely, very rarely, get impaired/damaged.
  • Compared to method #1, this option doesn’t offer any remarkable performance improvement.
  • There’s no 4tb SSHD that you can use with this method. So you’ll have to stick to a traditional hard drive that has lower performance than SSHD.
  • After the upgrade process is accomplished, you’ll have the stock hard drive as a surplus. Either dispose of it or re-use it as an external hard drive with a small capacity.
  • There’s an extra expense you have to pay for the data bank (around $40).

If you have eventually made up your mind to go with this method, below are our recommendations of data bank and 4tb hard drive.

Data Bank Recommendations

There’re several data bank brands in the market, but we found that only two worth your consideration. Remember, these data banks only work on the base/standard PS4, and they don’t fit to PS4 PRO or PS4 Slim.

DongCoh Game Bar
Nyko Data Bank Plus

Hard Drive Recommendations

We don’t have a 4tb SSHD to recommend here in this section, because the maximum size of SSHD in 3.5-inch form is just 2tb. Therefore, only traditional hard drives are listed below.

Seagate 4TB BarraCuda
ST4000DM005
WD Blue 4TB
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Toshiba X300 4TB
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How to upgrade with this method

Here’s a video that illustrates how to upgrade your PS4 to 4tb using a data bank and a 3.5-inch desktop hard drive.

Conclusion

Expanding the storage capacity of PS4 to 4tb is a demand that’s escalating among enthusiasts and users who have shared consoles. You better look into the advantages and drawbacks of each method then gauge your needs accordingly in order to make the right decision.

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