There's nothing worse than heading into your system storage and having to decide which of your precious applications you want to delete to download the latest PS Plus games. Even if you've invested in a 1TB PS4 or PS4 Pro, those 500GB quickly disappear. Thankfully there's an easy fix. A hard drive. But which is the best hard drive for PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro?
Thanks to the 4.50 software update, you don't need to even touch a screwdriver or worry about seeing the insides of your precious console. External hard drives are good to go via USB. Hook up a 1TB box, read our handy guide on how to use an external hard drive for extended storage on your PS4 and you've literally just tripled the storage of a 500GB system. An actual byte-packed miracle. And don't worry if you don't want to plug anything in and keep things pure, you can still replace the internal hard drive without any fuss. We've got a full list of the best internal hard drives below to scratch your DIY itch. All three PS4s take a laptop size 2.5" drive, it's easy to do, and, most importantly, it will leave the console's factory warranty totally intact. Here's how to upgrade your PS4 hard drive or how to upgrade and change your PS4 Pro hard drive.
So now you just need to select the best hard drive for your situation. Whether internal or external, the modern storage market comprises a more diverse group of technologies than ever before - traditional platter hard disk drives (HDDs) are still alive and kicking, but with the recent proliferation of solid state drives (SSDs) and solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), today’s consumer has more purchasing considerations to make than ever before.
We’ve navigated the Data Storage Seas and have hauled in a fresh catch of the very best PlayStation 4 hard drive upgrades available. No matter your budget, knowledge level or reason for upgrading, we’ve got the solution you need.
Best external hard drives for PS4
1. Toshiba 1TB Canvio Basics
It's time to triple your PS4 hard drive space
Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: HDD
Here's hands down the best way to triple your PS4's hard drive space. Plug in this slick little number, which will happily match your PS4, forget it's there and then bask in the all the bytes you've now got free. Cheap, cheerful and so much storage...
2. Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable USB HDD
Even more storage for a brilliant price
Capacity: 2TB | Storage Type: HDD
Increase your storage again with this ridiculously well priced 2TB offering from Seagate. It's slick, slim and you can get versions all the way up to 3TB and 4TB if you really want to push the boat out. There's no need for any mains cables either, just plug and play, and USB 3.0 will keep things transferring speedily.
3. Samsung SSD T3 500GB
Up the speed of your loading times
Capacity: 500GB | Storage Type: SSD
Ok, it's expensive but if you want to up your loading speeds, an SSD is an excellent choice. This is smallest option on the list if you're worried about size and also the fastest. You get what you pay for after all. You can grab the 500GB version for a reasonable price (for an SSD), but if you crave more storage there are seriously expensive 1TB and 2TB versions available.
4. Seagate Expansion 5TB
Go big or go home
Capacity: 5TB | Storage Type: HDD
You don't want to worry about storage again, do you? Well look no further than this 5TB behemoth from Seagate. It's a standard HDD and might not be much of a looker but did you see the fact that it's 5TB? That means you're multiplying the standard PS4 storage by 11! 11! Wave goodbye to ever hitting delete again. You'll be downloading every single PS Plus game just because you can.
Best internal hard drives for PS4
1. Seagate 1TB Gaming SSHD ST1000LM014
Best balance of price and performance
Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: SSHD
The Seagate 1TB Gaming SSHD offers some of the improvements granted by a full SSD (shorter load times, faster installs, etc) without the enormous markup. The caveat, of course, is that since this SSHD does also rely on a physical disk spinning at 5400RPM, the improvements may not be as dramatic as with a traditional SSD. In practice though, this isn’t that huge of a concession to make for the money you’re saving, as different games will/won’t take advantage of your drive’s enhanced capabilities on a case-by-case basis. Regardless, this drive will double your storage capacity and in many cases increase performance, which are great benefits to walk away with for less than $100/£100.
2. Seagate 2TB Laptop HDD ST2000LM007
Loads of storage for a great price
Capacity: 2TB | Storage Type: HDD
If maxing storage and affordability is a bigger priority than improving access speed, you’re not going to do better than Seagate’s 2TB Laptop HDD. This drive gives your PlayStation 4 quadruple the storage capacity that it came with, which should keep you knee deep in PlayStation Plus games well into the foreseeable future. The main downside with this drive is that unlike Seagate’s 1TB SSHD, this drive is a traditional hard drive spinning at 5400 RPM, which is the same speed as the stock PS4 hard drive. This means that, while you’ll have plenty of space for games, they’re not going to load or install any faster.
3. Seagate FireCuda 2.5" 2TB SSHD
Four times the storage at SSD-like speeds
Capacity: 2TB | Storage Type: SSHD
If you want even more storage, Seagate's FireCuda 2.5" 2TB drive is ideal for quadrupling the space on your PS4 and it ups the speed too with its hybrid drive functionality. It's a case of balancing up how much you think you'll really appreciate the speed boost but the FireCuda is ideal in terms of size and is priced competitively for a SSHD drive. While it's not fully solid state, you'll definitely notice the difference in speed so if you're not too worried about your budget, the 2TB FireCuda is one of the best PS4 hard drives around. Say hello to storing endless videos of your Destiny Crucible successes.
4. Seagate 1TB Laptop HDD ST1000LM035
Double your storage and stay under budget
Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: HDD
The 1TB model of Seagate’s Laptop HDD is the best option for the consumer with a rigid budget, though that bargain price tag does come with some concessions. First, since this is a 5400 RPM traditional HDD, you won’t see any speed improvements over the stock PS4 drive. You’re also paying a slightly higher price per gig on this model than on the 2TB version, though the total price of the drive remains substantially lower. Despite this, we still feel confident recommending this as one of the best PS4 hard drive upgrades, as it still allows you to double the storage capacity of your console for about the price of a new AAA game.
5. Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: SSD
From a technical standpoint, solid state drives are superior to hybrid and traditional disk drives in every way. Read/write speeds are much, much faster, power consumption is lower, and since solid state drives have no moving parts, they’re immune to many of the common ailments that so often malign disk drives. SSDs are fast, efficient drives that provide huge theoretical performance boosts while simultaneously reducing the number of possible complications over time. The catch, of course, is in the cash.
SSDs have the worst storage-to-budget ratio of any type of drive, meaning that you’ll pay a lot more money for a lot less storage. In a PC, this is usually an acceptable trade due to the proven performance enhancements associated with an SSD. In a PlayStation 4, however, these enhancements are less of a guaranteed constant. They definitely exist, but the degree to which they exist will change on a game-by-game basis. Only you can decide whether the cost of entry is worth the peace of mind that comes with having the highest potential for performance. The Samsung 850 EVO is a great choice and for the ultimate PS4 hard drive upgrade you can also pick up a massive 2TB version of the Samsung 850 EVO... or even a 4TB version if money is no object!
6. Western Digital Black 6TB WD6001FZWX
You'll never run out of storage again
Capacity: 6TB | Storage Type: HDD
The WD Black 6TB is your gateway to nigh unheard-of amounts of storage, provided that you’re willing to drop some coin and increase the size of your console. The WD Black is a 3.5” HDD, which means it’s the type of drive normally found in a desktop computer, rather than the laptop-sized 2.5” drives the PlayStation 4 was designed for. This means that it won’t actually fit inside the PlayStation, and will instead have to live on the hood of the console in an external enclosure -- specifically, the Nyko Data Bank. This enclosure wraps over the top of the console and routes its SATA/power connections through the PS4’s 2.5” drive bay, allowing for the installation of a 3.5” drive.
PlayStation 4s with a model number below CUH-1200 can accommodate drives up to 4TB in capacity, while PS4s with a model number above CUH-1200 can handle up to 8TB. We selected the WD Black 6TB over an 8TB drive as a comfortable compromise between capacity and price, but if cost is no object, the Seagate Enterprise 8TB is also a tremendous hard drive. Regardless, this endeavor is primarily recommended for those who plan on buying and simultaneously installing several hundred games. The average consumer, while sure to appreciate the luxury of such an enormous drive, can likely get by without it.