Which Internal HDD to use in swapping factory PS4 500G HDD?

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#1 Posted by metalgrinch (455 posts) -

I def want to pick up a PS4 sometime in the near future, perhaps when MGSV comes out, or at least when all the out-of-stock hoopla has died down. My question is, since I def don't want to stick with the factory 500G HDD, what brand/type of HDD do you recommend if I want to go with a 2TB drive? As in, what is the most reliable and such, because it would be in there for a pretty long time. And when answering, please keep in mind I'm not savvy techy type, so please be considerate :P lol

Question 2: is the factory drive resellable, or would you recommend I just hang onto it?

thanks a bunch!

#2 Posted by Tubatica (161 posts) -

I think at the moment the largest HDD you can get is a 1.5 TB drive. A 2 TB is in the works though, so you can wait for it if you want. Remember your drive has to be 9.5 mm or less to fit in the PS4. There is a solid state hybrid drive on Newegg right now for less than $100 right now. This will be quite a bit faster than other drives and give you 1 TB of space. I personally am leaning towards that one.

#3 Edited by DaRq_MiNoS (558 posts) -

I don't think you need to replace it unless you plan to go all digital copies on your games. I've got three physical games (AC4, Killzone, Madden), and when installing all 3, it only took like one minute before I could start playing while it installed the rest in the background. Therefore you can delete games you're not playing, and if you want to play them again you can be playing them in a minute.

#4 Posted by joseph_mach (3580 posts) -

I don't think you need to replace it unless you plan to go all digital copies on your games. I've got three physical games (AC4, Killzone, Madden), and when installing all 3, it only took like one minute before I could start playing while it installed the rest in the background. Therefore you can delete games you're not playing, and if you want to play them again you can be playing them in a minute.

Sound advice. 500GB is actually plenty of space. Even after what the PS4 holds in reserve, you're left with over 400GB's which is enough to hold multiple digital copies of games. I wouldn't really think about upgrading the size of the drive unless you find yourself running at 70%+ capacity which shouldn't be happening anytime soon after buying one. I (personally) think that switching to a hybrid or a solid state drive would be a better reason to switch out the factory drive in your PS4 rather than just opting for a bigger capacity drive. But if you're looking for reliable drives, Western Digital has come a very long way with some of their drives, but I'd stick with Samsung's, Crucial, maybe Seagate's. When the time comes that you want to upgrade your drive, just look at the user reviews for a few drives, do a bit of research and I'm sure you'll be ok with any "educated" choice you make.

#5 Edited by DaRq_MiNoS (558 posts) -

If you decide to change the drive (I posted above why I don't believe you need to), here's a little tech advice:

Don't go over 5400rpm as it may overheat your PS4.

You want SATA II or III 9.5mm thickness x 2.5"

IGN put both a hybrid and a SSD in a PS4 and did tests against the drive that comes in the PS4. They found that the all 3 drives were faster than the others in different applications.

Like I said above though, unless you're going all-digital you don't need to. And another thing you can do is wait, because these drives will probably be half the price by the time you actually would need one.