Best 4TB Internal Hard Drive (HDD) for PS4 [2016]

PS4 4TB Hard Drive Upgrade Process
PlayStation 4 is the most popular gaming console worldwide and its fans are in millions. This popularity has not been gained for nothing, but because PS4 offers a superb and highly-flexible gaming experience to its users. But the major problem with PS4 is its limited hard drive capacity that used to be only 500gb in the initial version of PS4 and currently 1TB in the last updated version. But that’s still not enough for most enthusiasts who have tons of games and movies to download and play on their gaming console.

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The Workaround for expanding PS4 storage space

There are only two workarounds for this issue:

  1. Upgrade your PS4’s internal hard drive to a lager size. This might be the most preferred option to most users due to the apparent disadvantage of the second option. The most popular upgrade capacity is currently 2TB which features a good middle-term solution for most people. [Check out the 1TB & 2TB internal hard drive for PS4 roundup]. But a 4tb hard drive can be the best option though to a smaller variety of PS4 users who have exceptional needs, and this particular hard drive capacity we’ll address within this article.
  2. Add an external hard drive to your PS4. This will enhance the backup capability of PS4 but it does have a major disadvantage that you can use it only for backup/archive, and when you want to play any movie/game saved there, you need first to transfer it to the internal hard drive of PS4, which forms an inconvenience for many users. [Check our PS4 External Hard Drive Guide for more details and options]
  3. The Only 2.5-inch 4TB Hard Drive Does NOT Fit into PS4

    4TB 2.5-inch internal hard drive doesn't suit PS4You may wonder that the mechanical hard drive industry is mostly focused on manufacturing 3.5-inch desktop hard drives and solid state hybrid hard drives (SSHD). There’s a blatant deliberate neglect towards developing 2.5-inch hard drives that can fit into PS4 and laptop computers. Basically this is for a few reasons, which are:

    1. The market share of 2.5-inch internal hard drives is much smaller than that of 3.5-inch desktop hard drives.
    2. The necessity imposed on the hard drive manufacturers to lower the performance/speed and the capacity of the 2.5-inch form factor hard drives in order to decrease the generated heat and protect the drive from failure in case subjected to vibration/shock.
    3. The prevalence of external storage solutions in various forms, such as external HDD, external SSD, and USB flash drives. And with the high transfer rate the modern external storage devices offers via USB 3.0 port, along with the ability to install and run applications on these external devices, upgrading a laptop internal hard drive to a larger one wouldn’t be reasonable for the overwhelming variety of users.
    4. The emergence of solid state drives (SSD) as a viable alternative to 2.5-inch hard drives that offers much higher speed, way less power consumption, high resistance to shock/vibration and much lower failure rate (i.e. higher endurance), all of that made laptop computer users main ambition is to upgrade to an SSD instead of another mechanical hard drive.

    All of that dissuaded hard drive manufacturers and distracted their gaze from developing the 2.5-inch form factor, except Samsung that recently made a bold step in this regard and waded into developing a bigger capacity for laptop users whose systems accept thick 2.5-inch HDD (i.e. 15mm thick). With an industrial cooperation with Seagate, the first and only 4tb internal 2.5-inch hard drive could eventually see the light, and here’s the result: Samsung Momentus ST4000LM016 4TB 2.5-inch internal Hard Drivethe largest 2.5-inch internal hard drive ever!.

    But this drive is almost 15mm thick and will NOT fit into PS4 hard drive bay that requires max 9.5mm thickness. So what’s the solution? How to upgrade PS4 internal hard drive to 4tb and enjoy all your games and videos on one place?

    The answer is: Use a 4TB 3.5-inch desktop hard drive with a special PS4 accessory and you are done!

    Why You Shouldn’t Go for Larger than 4TB for PS4

    Larger than 4TB Hard Drive for PS4 will cause problemsPS4 operating system has limitations on the maximum capacity to use. It doesn’t allow more than 2TB without issues.

    According to users’ experiments the largest PS4 hard upgrade possible with the minimal issues is 4TB. The only issue will occur with a 4TB capacity upgrade is that you cannot use that drive with Reset Mode. If you use Rest Mode with a 4TB drive, your PlayStation-4 will not wake properly; it will wake in Safe Mode and go through a disk check routine every time with sector errors. Just shut down your PS4 completely and problem solved.

    Important UpdateIt seems Sony has quietly introduced support for larger drives than 2TB in the latest 3.50 firmware update [Released on the 6th of April 2016].

    Installing the new firmware allows your PS4 to detect up to 4TB hard drives properly without any issue. So just make sure to download and install it before upgrading.

    With a 4TB hard drive upgrade you need the 800Mb PS4 update file [Full Package] – NOT the 250mb file, otherwise it will not reinstall the operating system and fail.

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    In the below section you’ll learn how to upgrade your internal PS4 hard drive to 4TB.

    How to Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive to 4TB Capacity

    I can confirm that 3.5 inch drives, in higher capacities than 2TB, all successfully work with the PS4. Though they need to be hooked up externally, it’s a very simple and easy process to do.

    Step 1 Get a fast and reliable 3.5-inch hard drive

    I would recommend three hard drives for this process:

    Seagate 4TB Desktop HDD [ST4000DM000]
    Toshiba 4TB Hard Drive [PH3400U-1I72]
    UXCELL SATA 7 Pin Data Extension Cable HGST Deskstar 4TB HDD [HDS724040ALE640]

    You may also want to upgrade to a hybrid hard drive (SSHD) instead. I prefer this option for PS4 in this method of upgrading. There are two 4tb SSHD brands out there you can consider:

    WD Blue Desktop SSHD 4TB [WD40E31X]
    UXCELL SATA 7 Pin Data Extension Cable Seagate 4TB Gaming SSHD [ST4000DX001]

    Step 2 Get DongCoh Game Bar for Playstation 4

    The Game Bar for the PlayStation 4 allows the use of a 3.5″ hard drive to be used as internal storage instead of the stock 2.5″ hard drive that comes pre-installed on the system. 3.5″ drives are less expensive at higher capacities than the 2.5″ drive inherently supported by the PS4. Typically 3.5″ also have a higher read/write speed than 2.5″ drives which may slightly improve load times in many games.

    DongCoh Game Bar for Playstation 4

    This accessory, essentially, allows you to use a standard 3.5 desktop hard drive up to 4TB. From research, people whom upgraded to anything larger than 4TB’s have been having issues (sleep mode, power issues, restarts), which is not this accessories fault but the limitations of PS4 operating system instead.

    Step 3 Time to Upgrade

    The following handful video will explain the upgrade process very well:

    Final Word

    In my humble opinion I don’t think you need an internal 4TB hard drive for PS4 or any other capacity larger than 2TB. The reason is that you’ll definitely be using that huge capacity mainly for archive/backup, which means your files will stay there for so long before you can remember them and play them once or twice then forget them again.

    Just think about it that way. If your purpose from a 4TB hard drive is archiving, I prefer that you obtain a good external hard drive for PS4 instead along with upgrading the PS4 internal hard drive to 2TB if you have tremendous heaps of files to store.