Best Internal Hard Drive (HDD) Upgrades for PS4
There’s a consensus among PS4 enthusiasts and power users that the internal hard drive of PS4 must be replaced. Because a better performing drive will enhance your gaming experience with PS4 to a higher level. Additionally, the PS4 stock internal HDD is an old, obsolete drive that doesn’t even meet the lowest modern storage standards. (For more details on PS4 hard drive specs, please read this article.) Therefore, try to get the best hard drive for PS4 in order to better enjoy playing with your game console.
Yes, it’s possible that you can expand PS4 storage by just adding an external hard drive to it. You set it up as an extended storage and you’re done. You eventually will get the storage capacity you want. But that solution will make you miss a significant performance boost that any serious gamer wants to have. If you are curious to know why we prefer upgrading PS4 internal HDD over going for the extended storage solution, kindly visit this article. It fairly compares both solutions and illustrates the pros and cons of each.
Before we move on with the educational part of this guide, I’ll do one thing. I think it’s better first to lay out my top internal hard drive upgrade options for PS4.
Best PS4 Internal HDD Upgrades
The internal drives below have been carefully picked for my top recommendation list. They are the best fit for replacing and upgrading PS4 stock HDD. I have chosen them based on my long experience in the computer technology realm. That helped a lot gauge the pros and cons and make the best option in this regard.
Note that all the drives below range from 2tb down to 1tb. If you need a larger storage capacity, consider an external hard drive after you upgrade the internal HDD of PS4. That way you gain the performance boost of the internal HDD and the extra capacity of the external HDD.
Seagate Firecuda 2tb Gaming SSHD
Actually, it’s not only the performance boost that impelled me to nominate this drive as the best storage upgrade for PS4. Rather, there are different factors that worked all together to influence this decision. The other factors that led me to opting for this drive are the adequate price and large storage capacity.
This drive belongs to the SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive) category. It’s a combination of 2tb classical hard disk drive (HDD) and 8gb SSD (Solid State Drive). That’s in order to provide users with a vast storage space (up to 2tb) with an SSD-like performance.
In terms of performance alone, an SSD is undoubtedly the best storage device for all systems. But bear in mind that Seagate Firecuda 2tb Gaming SSHD can offer up to 80% of SSD performance on PS4 systems. That’s because, while an SSD requires SATA III interface to run at its utmost performance potential, PS4 is configured with SATA II interface which significantly limit the data transfer rate to/from the storage device. That’s one of the most important reasons why we don’t recommend an SSD for PS4 (read more details on PS4 SSD in this article.)
I am not going to review this drive here, as it has been already reviewed with elaboration here. I’m just trying to justify my decision by picking up this drive as the best storage upgrade option for PS4.
- Fastest 2.5-Inch PC compute and gaming Hard Drive on the market, all within a thin 7mm z-height
- The 2TB capacity can store up to 80x 25GB games
- Flash-accelerated technology delivers up to 5x faster load times for nonstop performance, play and productivity compared to standard HDDs
- Adaptive Memory technology efficiently identifies frequently accessed data to allow for quicker operations
- Multi-tier caching technology (mtc) boosts performance, helping applications and files load faster (i.e. 128mb cache buffer in the 1st tier and 8gb NAND SSD memory in the 2nd tier).
- SATA III interface
- 5400rpm spindle speed
- 5-year limited warranty
Seagate Firecuda 2.5-inch Gaming SSHD comes in 3 different sizes: 500gb, 1tb and 2tb.
Full Upgrade Kit
Alternatively, you can get a complete upgrade kit like “Fantom Drives PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit” that includes, in addition to the above drive, everything you need for a seamless upgrade process.
Seagate Barracuda 2tb Hard Drive
If, for any reason, you don’t like to opt for an SSHD, you can go for a traditional hard drive. Seagate Barracuda 2tb HDD features a great option. It’s exactly the same drive as above with all features except that it doesn’t have a 2nd-tier SSD caching. Additionally, the warranty is only 2 years.
In opposite to what’s stated on the official sales page of Seagate Barracuda HDD, this drive does NOT support Multi-caching. Have a look at the official drive’s datasheet (download it from here) and skip to page 8. There you can find the drive specification summary. You will realize that this is a mere classical hard drive without any multi-caching system. Whereas the drive specification page of Seagate Firecuda SSHD states clearly this fact. (download it from here and go to page 7)
Anyway, if you’re mainly interested in expanding PS4 storage to 2tb, and the current performance of PS4 satisfies you to the extent that you don’t want to improve it, you can go for this drive and save around $10 only.
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1tb Hard Drive
If, for any reason, you find the above options not suitable for you, consider this option then. Maybe you don’t need excessive storage capacity. Therefore, you can go for HGST Travelstar 7k1000 which comes with 1tb storage capacity and 7200RPM spindle speed. That makes it the fastest non-SSHD 2.5-inch mechanical hard drive on the market.
Travelstar 7K1000 is the industry’s only seventh-generation 7200RPM mobile hard drive. It’s ideally suited for PS4 console storage upgrades and portable, high-capacity personal storage products. At 500GB/platter, this 2.5-inch hard drive offers a 1TB capacity. It leverages Advanced Format, which increased the physical sector size from 512 bytes to 4,096 (4K) bytes. That improves drive capacities and error correction capabilities.
The Travelstar 7K1000 is the industry’s first high-performance 1TB 2.5-inch HDD with a 6Gb/s SATA interface and delivers the highest mobile HDD performance in PCMark Vantage benchmark testing.
HGST provides best-of-breed operating shock and outstanding power management in Travelstar 7K1000 for sturdy unplugged notebook performance. Highlights include proven seventh-generation technology, 1TB capacity, low power consumption, industry’s highest shock tolerance, halogen-free design for an eco-friendly footprint and Serial ATA 6Gb/s for high data throughput.
Although PS4 won’t remarkably benefit from the SATA III interface that drive is configured with, it’s still the best traditional hard drive to go for your PS4 in the 1tb capacity, unless you have made up your mind to pick an SSHD, then this drive would come next in rating.
Mushkin TRIACTOR-3D 1tb SSD
When it comes to performance and reliability, SSD is undoubtedly the best storage device ever. It offers up to 5x the speed of traditional hard drives, and can last with you for too long without the fear of any kind of error/failure to occur due to the high endurance and solid consistency an SSD in general offers.
One of the biggest cons of SSDs is the high price compared with mechanical hard drives. This drive costs around $200, which classifies it in the value-oriented category, but that’s still not cheap if you get to know that the 1tb HDD only costs you around $50.
Moreover, you have to keep at least 15% of the SSD size empty if you want to maintain its peak performance, which means the available usable space you’ll get is minus less than 150gb of the original capacity of the drive.
We have composed a comprehensive guide on PS4 SSD that will enlighten you more on this matter in order to better gauge your needs and pick the right storage device for your PS4 console.
- SATA-III 2.5″ 6Gbit/s 3D-TLC 7mm SSD
- Compatibility: PC / Mac / Linux / PlayStation / Xbox
- Max Read: 565MB/s ; Max Write: 525MB/s
- Silicon Motion Controller: SMI SM2258
- 4KB Random Read: Up to 86,000 IOPS ; Write: Up to 80,000 IOPS
Different Hard Drive Types
If you’re well-educated about computer hardware, you surely know that internal storage devices are of three types and all these types, in fact, fit for upgrading PS4 stock hard drive.
These types are:
Solid State Drive (SSD)
The fastest-in-history ever. You get blazing fast speed that you could never imagine a storage device can have. And although many PS4 fanboys tend to upgrade their game console with an SSD, we DO NOT recommend it. Unless you have the PS4 Pro model. That’s because the standard PS4 is’t qualified enough to host an SSD within it. Also, it’s a big waste of money, considering the steep price of a regular SSD (Read more on this topic here).
Traditional Hard Drive (HDD)
The type of this storage device is just like the one inside your PS4. You shouldn’t expect any major performance boost when replacing the internal hard drive of PS4 with another one of its type. Yes, having a modern hard drive offers slightly better speed, larger capacity and higher reliability. But not that tangible when it comes to performance.
Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD)
This is an innovative solution meant to be a compromise between speed, capacity and price. With this hard drive solution you’ll get nearly the performance of SSD and the capacious space of HDD. All for an adequate price that’s usually not $10 higher than a regular hard drive.
We published a special article on PS4 SSHD and its great benefits it offers to its users. Please have a look for more details.
The need for Upgrade
As a gaming enthusiast who plays daily with PS4, or, perhaps hourly. I never take for granted the graphical capabilities, processing power and countless hours of fun that my PS4 has provided me with. Being the gamer that I am, I have quite a large gaming collection (to say the least) and as such require an immense amount of storage to hold my expanding collection.
This is where, for me, replacing the hard drive in my PS4 was such a desired upgrade. It provides me with more storage capacity than the stock HDD that came from the factory.
Thankfully, when it comes to replacing the hard drive for a PS4; Sony couldn’t make it any easier for us gamers and nerds alike. This, we’ll cover in-depth later on in the guide but first we’ll cover some “topics of interest” related to the PS4 hard drive.
Finding the Best Hard Drive for PS4
In order to find the best hard drive for PS4, there are a few things to bear in mind before taking the last step and making your decision, which are:
- The hard drive you choose for PS4 must meet your expectations and fulfill the needs you want from upgrading PS4 HDD. Although we have already determined the best PS4 HDD upgrade in terms of high performance and the storage capacity limit that should suit the overwhelming majority of users, there’re still exceptions that don’t find our top recommendation their best option.
- When gauging the quality of a hard drive you must take into consideration its brand. Also, the history of manufacturer regarding reliability and failure rate is important. The drive we picked as the best HDD for PS4 is a highly-reputable drive that offers high performance and long reliability to the extent that its manufacturer offers 5-year limited warranty, which is a too long warranty for a consumer-level hard drive. This factor is important to determine which hard drive is best for PS4.
- To make sure whether the HDD is really worthy your consideration for upgrading PS4 storage, you need to read the reviews of experts and even ordinary users to see how it performs in real world and what complaints users have against it. Seagate Firecuda 2tb Gaming SSHD, which is our top selection for PS4 storage upgrade has been praised and recommended by IT professionals and even so many savvies. Therefore we have no doubt that it is the best fit for upgrading PS4 internal HDD.
- The hard drive price matters a lot. If you don’t care about price and you have a broad budget, go for an SSD, as it’s without a doubt the best storage device ever, whether for PC or PS4. But because it’s too expensive compared to traditional hard drives, we didn’t include it in our list here.
Read these tips carefully and see whether our recommendation suits your needs or not. You can get a larger hard drive but miss the performance boost the SSHD offers. You can go for an SSD, or just add an external hard drive, but our priority is for upgrading the internal hard drive of PS4 first, then other options come next.
Upgrading the internal hard drive of PS4 to a new modern drive is mandatory to every serious gamer that looks forward. That’s to enhance their gaming experience with PS4. If you have picked Seagate Firecuda 2tb SSHD you’ll gain remarkably higher speed, larger storage space and better reliability. All of that for an adequate price (less than $100) that fits most users’ budget. You’ll get, in fact, the best hard drive for PS4. It means your gaming experience will surely go better than before.
On the other hand, we don’t really recommend using an SSD for upgrading PS4 stock HDD due to significant loss in performance when an SSD is used within PS4 system. You can though try it with PS4 Pro, but surely not with PS4 standard neither PS4 Slim.