One of the biggest issues you face when buying a PlayStation 4, or Xbox One for that matter, is that the consoles now automatically install entire games to your hard disk drive in order to improve load times for games. What this means is that whatever size HDD you have in there will eventually fill itself up, unless you regularly delete older games off your system. However, if you’d rather delay that as long as possible, here’s how you can upgrade your PS4’s HDD quite easily without voiding your warranty.
What you’ll need:
- 1x Phillips screwdriver
- 1x 2.5-inch wide, 9.5mm high SATA HDD
- 1x FAT32 USB Stick or HDD
- 1x Computer with internet
The Replacement HDD
Bear in mind that everything on your PlayStation 4 will be wiped when you swap your HDD out. The replacement HDD needs to have a SATA connection at the end (see image below), and must be 9.5mm thick, and 2.5 inches wide. No other drive will fit.
There are several types you can buy, Solid State Drives (SSD), Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHD), 5200RPM HDDs, and 7200RPM HDDs. If you’re looking at speed, the SSDs are the best. If you’re looking for value for money, the 7200RPM drives are the best. If you’re looking for more storage space, the 5200RPM drives are your only option as newer drives with larger storage tend to start off as 5200RPM, and then advancements may mean you can get 7200RPM drives later on.
At the time of writing this article, the biggest drive you can get is 2TB at the 9.5mm thickness. An example is the Samsung Spinpoint here.
Read on to find out how to do the actual upgrade.