Upgrading the internal hard drive of PS4 PRO is no hard mission, but the real question is: do you have to do so? Or can you just settle for the current stock hard drive and find another storage expansion that frees your mind from the upgrade/replacement hassle? Oh, and our handy step-by-step guide on how to upgrade your PS4 HDD. Sony isn’t yet ready to reveal all of the new features arriving with this new update. Past a certain point, this creates problems for installing larger hybrid drives on PS4. Seagate has started to ship the FireCuda drives to its customers, but has not listed official prices or market availability dates. The PS4 isn’t difficult to upgrade, but you will need to take the console apart a bit and set aside a chunk of time to follow the necessary steps.
But there are rumors of a new Boost Mode which improves the look and speed of older games on the PS4 Pro. In the end, SMR means this new 2TB Firecuda not only has capacity to its merit, but at 7mm in depth, is actually smaller than most drives we’ve put into the console. The latter depends on retailers and/or PC makers. The first of those steps is to choose your HDD. The new system software update will start rolling out today to people signed up to the beta program.
Indeed it’s overkill, and makes you wonder if the technology could eventually make 4TB drives possible in the more conventional 2.5-inch/9.5mm form factor supported by PlayStation hardware. Seagate tells us that the FireCuda 2.5″ 2 TB will cost around $100, but the supply/demand situation is bound to affect that pricing. The PS4 has a 500GB 2.5-inch SATA HDD, the likes of which are usually found in a laptop. Sony hasn’t indicated when version 4.50 will be rolled out to the rest of us proles, but it should be within the next few weeks. Time will tell on this front, but for now we have 2TB in the bag.
Meanwhile, Amazon offers the FireCuda 2.5″ 1 TB for $70. Your choice of replacement hard drive must be no thicker than 9.5mm, otherwise it won’t fit in the hard drive enclosure within the PS4. Hopefully. On the surface, the mechanical drive specs for the Firecuda don’t impress – we’re looking at 2TB of storage, but only a 5400rpm rotational speed. All of the previous-gen Laptop SSHDs ended up in retail, so, it is a question of time before the whole FireCuda 2.5″ family will be up for grabs.
That does limit your options somewhat, especially if you’re looking for a 2TB hard drive. Do you own a PlayStation 4? However, this is crucially backed by 8GB of fast on-board NAND. One of the advantages of Seagate’s hybrid drives is their five-year warranty, which is longer than that of typical HDDs. If you look at the 1TB alternatives, there are plenty that fit the specifications required for the PS4.
Has your internal HDD run out of space already? The end result? Every computer needs its primary storage for the operating system and a secondary drive for it’s media and games files. We chose two to test. Will you now use an external hard drive?
Initial access for data offers little or no reduction to loading times compared to regular mechanical drives, but with constant use, data throughput speeds up massively, potentially even matching SSD speeds. Either they come in traditional spinning mechanical hard drives or blazing fast solid state drives. The 1TB Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD is a hybrid 5400RPM SSD/HDD drive and 9mm thick. Or are you more likely to upgrade the internal hard drive? Seagate uses this 8GB NAND intelligently, as expected of a hybrid, with a multi-tier caching system storing the most frequently-used packets of data for quick access later on.
Both mechanical hard drives and solid state drives have their own advantages and disadvantages. You can pick it up for around £75, making it a great affordable option. What do you think of the other new features? For a sense of perspective, we tested both this Firecuda 2TB drive, and also a regular mechanical 2TB HDD from Samsung (the ST2000LM003 to be precise). To be blunt, results on this Samsung drive are in line with expectation. Conventional spinning hard drives are known for spacious capacities, are relatively cheap and they don’t have speed performances like solid state drives do.