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  • Christopher Ling August 9, 2015, 8:55 am

    You should definitely change the recommended SSHD for PS4 in the “The Best & Fastest Hybrid Hard Drive (SSHD) For PC & PS4” article, as the one you recommended is NOT compatible with the PS4.

    • David Tipakov August 9, 2015, 10:03 am

      Hi Christopher. Thank you for your notification. I think I should write a note that WD Black2 will not fit into PS4 due to the special software it needs.

  • David Tipakov September 5, 2015, 11:40 pm

    Thank you for this valuable information my friend. If you mean by this to be a comment on my hybrid hard drive for PS4 post where I said that PS4 users are limited to 1TB only of SSHD for their console, I just meant a ready internal replacement. But yes, people still can implement your trick if they seek a larger hybrid storage solution. I may add that to my article in the future update.

    Thanks again.

  • Joshua January 21, 2016, 9:39 pm

    Is there any way to determine if an msata does or doesnt support Raid 0?

    • David Tipakov January 21, 2016, 10:18 pm

      YES it does. Just make sure your motherboard supports RAID-0 for mSATA drives which you can ensure through BIOS settings.

  • nekoliew May 22, 2016, 9:24 pm

    I would like to ask external hard disk to backup PS4. Do I really need to update PS4 firmware then can use external hard disk to backup PS4. If I don’t want to update PS4 firmware what will happen.

    • David Tipakov May 22, 2016, 11:53 pm

      If you have version 2.5 or above you’ll not need to update the firmware software for this specific purpose.

  • Edwin D May 30, 2016, 5:06 pm

    I tried to reformat my seagate 4tb hard drive to exFAT from my mac, i went to disk utility, hard drive, erase and formatted to exfat. now my problem is when i connect it to the ps4 to try and back it up it says there is not enough space. What should i do?

    • David Tipakov May 30, 2016, 7:47 pm

      First, make sure the external hard drive is formatted correctly and works fine with the exFAT format. Try it on your system and see if it gets recognized and everything else is well. Then make sure to download and install the latest version of PS4 firmware software and it should fix that issue. Download it here.

      • Edwin D May 30, 2016, 8:09 pm

        Yes i’ve made it exFAT format through the disk utility and erased it. only changed the name and the format i didn’t change the scheme. I did try to mess with the scheme and select a different scheme but that failed saying the disk was too large to support it. anyway my format is correct and my firmware is 3.50.

        • David Tipakov June 9, 2016, 2:24 am

          Sorry for the long delay, I haven’t noticed your reply before now!

          If you’re still available, then answer my question: have you tried smaller capacity external hard drive with your PS4?

          If it works fine, then try to partition your external hard drive to two smaller parts. This is supposed to resolve your issue.

  • Ezra June 29, 2016, 11:55 am

    So I’ve formatted my Seagate drive to exFat and it is now compatible with my PS4. Yet when I tried to back up my systems 400gb or so memory it said I don’t have the available space. It is a brand new 5tb drive so that shouldn’t be an issue. Alternatively I tried to save all of my saved game data one at a time, and it worked only for a few hundred megabytes before I was again told I have no space, on an otherwise empty drive. Please help.

    • David Tipakov June 29, 2016, 9:01 pm

      Hi Ezra,

      I have just finished writing this article for you. I hope this will fix your issue.

      If you have any further inquiries please don’t hesitate to ask.

  • Gregory September 15, 2016, 1:29 am


    I realize I’m new at this and this may come off as a dumb question and I apologize if it is but, I didn’t see an answer to my question in your article and yours seemed the most detailed so I thought I’d ask you guys. My question is: Take the game witcher 3 for example. Right now it taking up 69 gbs of space on my hard drive plus the 1gb of save storage. Will I be transferring the whole 70 gbs over to the external hard drive or just the 1 gb of save storage? Because a game can’t be played from the external hard drive does that mean if I want to play witcher 3 later on, after it’s been placed on the external hard drive, I will need to redownload the game (that multiple hour long update file) or just transfer it back the the internal hard drive?
    I hope that makes sense. (In my head it does at least.)


    • David Tipakov September 15, 2016, 2:06 am

      Hi Gregory, and welcome to our website.

      If you’re not going to uninstall the game from the hard drive, then backing up the game saves is sufficient. Otherwise, you’ll need to backup the whole game with its saves.

      Note that PS4 doesn’t allow you to backup an individual game to an external storage device. So you have either to take a full backup of the entire PS4 operating system with all its included data, or just specify a particular game’s saves to take a copy of.

      In conclusion, you can backup your favorite game installation files through a complete system backup process only, but, on other hand, you can specify which particular game saves to backup.

      I hope I have been clear enough to you.

      • Gregory September 15, 2016, 9:24 am

        First off, thanks for your response and the welcoming.

        And I think I get what you’re saying I just want to make sure. So I have, for example, 800 gbs of game data installations. I would have copy/back up the whole 800 gbs to the external hard drive?
        If that’s the case, which it sounds like it is, how do you manage game data? Would I need to have 2 or 3 different “systems” entirely? Meaning, would games 1-15 always be on my fist back file and games 16-30 always be on the second back up? And if I want to play game #7 I would would start up back up file 1. But if I wanted to play game #23 I would use back up file 2?
        Same as last time, I hope that’s a coherent thought. Thanks again for your help.

        • David Tipakov September 15, 2016, 1:02 pm

          Yes, exactly. Unfortunately this is what you have to undergo. That’s why PS4 enthusiasts are inclined to expand the internal storage space of their game console instead of going through this annoying process.

          I would like to thank you for inspiring me with a new reason for recommending a PS4 HDD upgrade over using an external HDD. This would surely adds to the value of my article. 🙂

          • Gregory September 16, 2016, 12:29 am

            You’re welcome! Thanks for all your help it really did, help, for lack of a better word.

          • David Tipakov September 16, 2016, 1:16 am

            you are welcome too.

  • Gregory September 16, 2016, 7:44 pm

    So my new question is, if I choose to use the external hard drive method (mostly because of the sheer amount of memory available) how do I go about starting up different back up files? Where in the ps4 do I go in order to start up back up file 2 as apposed to backup file 1? When the ps4 turns on does it ask which backup I’d like to use?
    Thanks for all your time and effort. I do appreciate it.

    • David Tipakov September 16, 2016, 7:45 pm

      Hi again Gregory,

      You are always most welcome.

      You have to go to Settings->System->Back Up and Restore->Restore PS4 and there you’ll see all your backup files listed. Just choose the one you prefer.

  • Eric October 7, 2016, 6:05 pm

    I have a “My Passport Ultra” I want to back up my PS4 that has a 500GB hard drive but my PlayStation says that it is not compatible. When I was reading your web site it appeared that my external Hard Drive is compatible

    • David Tipakov October 7, 2016, 7:35 pm

      Hi Eric,

      You need to download the latest firmware update for PS4 and your issue will be resolved.

  • Andy October 15, 2016, 7:01 pm

    I am looking for a external hard drive for the ps4 and wonder how much the cost.

    • David Tipakov October 16, 2016, 3:36 am

      You can check the prices here.

  • Antonio Hernandez November 4, 2016, 3:30 pm

    silly question but here goes. going to upgrade my PS4 hard drive (up to 1tb). I have a WD 2tb My passport external hard drive. can I use that instead of a thumb drive to back up load the os once it I install the new Drive?

    • David Tipakov November 4, 2016, 6:47 pm

      Hi Antonio,

      Yes, surely you can. Make sure first you have a higher version of PS4 software update than 2.5, then everything will go fine.

  • Leon November 12, 2016, 2:38 pm

    Can you recommend a 2.5 9.5mm 3TB internal hard drive for PS4 PRO?

    • David Tipakov November 12, 2016, 7:32 pm

      There’s none available so far. Seagate is on its way to release a 2.5″ 3TB and 4TB soon, so wait until this happens.

  • Chris November 16, 2016, 9:53 am

    After reading your studies on PS4 hard drive upgrades I’m deciding between a 1tb sshd (seagate firecuda) or a 2 tb hdd (seagate barracuda w/ 128 mb cache). They’re similarly priced – but which is faster? I’m not a hard core gamer so I think 1 tb should be fine for me. My concern is speed: so it comes down to 128 mb cache HDD vs. 64 mb cache sshd.

    • David Tipakov November 16, 2016, 11:32 pm

      Hi Chris,

      When it comes to installing games and launching them for the first time, the Seagate Barracuda HDD is the best option. But when it’s about launching a particular game frequently, then surely the Seagate Firecuda SSHD is better.

      I suppose that the SSHD is the best option for your case, as long as you’re not an extreme gamer who have tons of games to install and play.

      Hope I have answered your question sufficiently.

  • John Jefferis November 21, 2016, 7:18 am

    I’m interested in the Sony PS4 Pro and need to know how I can playback my large collection of ripped bluray DVDs on my 8TB USB Seagate external drive. Can you please advise what is needed?

    • David Tipakov November 21, 2016, 7:58 pm

      Hi John, and welcome to my website.

      Nothing actually is needed except that the format of movies should be either MKV, AVI, MP4, or MPEG-2 TS.

      Just launch the Media Player App on PSN, and you’re supposed to be fine with the rest.

      Note also that PS4 PRO only supports 4K playback from streaming services, so you won’t be able to play your movies on 4K resolution.

      • John Jefferis November 28, 2016, 2:27 am

        Many thanks. I’ll need to get back to you in due course for more help. Where is best to buy the PS4 Pro?

  • Lee Milburn November 23, 2016, 3:09 am

    Great article, knew nothing about hard drives until I read this!

    Just ordered a 2tb Firecuda SSHD from Amazon versus the 2tb Barracuda for my PS4 Pro……£108 versus £98.

    Amazon states that the Firecuda has a 64mb cache, but the Seagate data sheet states 128?

    I am assuming that this would make the SSHD a better choice than the HDD?

    Thanks in advance.

    • David Tipakov November 24, 2016, 9:51 pm

      Hi Lee,

      You have made the right option my friend. Yes, Seagate Firecuda 2TB SSHD is the best option so far for PS4, in terms of all aspects of performance.

      Barracuda was, until recently, our top recommendation due to the massive cache memory (128MB) it has, but now, since Firecuda 2TB is coming also with 128MB, then this is surely our top choice now.

      By the way, what Seagate says in the Firecuda’s datasheet is the authorized information you have to rely on.

  • Nathan Wick November 28, 2016, 9:22 pm


    I made a mistake earlier in the week by ordering an external hard drive with the goal of expanding the memory on my ps4. I also found a bunch of people who were taking products similar to mine (Seagate 1.5 tb portable hard drive) and breaking it apart to make it usable in the ps4. This sort of thing makes me nervous and the idea of damaging my ps4 really scares me. I would really appreciate any advice before I give it a try.


    • David Tipakov November 28, 2016, 10:37 pm

      Hello Nathan,

      There’s nothing to worry about. If, for any reason, it doesn’t work for you, you can simply return the stock hard drive without any single issue.

      You’re welcome here to seek help if things get stuck in any stage of the upgrade process.