j
Sep 26, 2014

How large of a hard drive can be installed in a PS4?

The 500GB hard drive is just not large enough for the PS4, so I went with a 1TB upgrade. Now I’m thinking this might not be large enough since I download a lot of titles, and I’d rather upgrade again instead of waiting until I have that 1TB drive full and I have to redownload a terabyte of data (with would require that I use up my entire 500GB data cap for two straight months to re-download everything). I might just bite the bullet and get the largest HDD that the PS4 will support now and avoid the headache later, but how large can that be? Is there a limitation to the size of the HDD that the PS4 will support?

10/02/2014
Dniblock has a good answer for you, but here's a link to the PS4 support page in case you need additional information:

https://support.us.playstation.com
d
09/26/2014

I’ve seen some user tests of HDDs up to 6TB, but the 6TB drive did not work all that well and requires a special technique to start the PS4. This means that every time the PS4 was started, the power button had to be held down for 5-6 seconds, but less than 7 seconds which would cause it to boot up in safe mode. That is a deal breaker to me, I want a game console to start up with me firmly planted on my couch, beer in hand, with a press of the controller’s power button. 

 

From what I’ve read in various forums, a 4TB hard drive is the largest that will work without requiring any special steps on the part of the user. This would probably be what I would choose, if I didn’t mind spending the money. In real life, I upgraded mine to a 1TB HDD within 15 minutes of unboxing, because that doubled the size of the HDD for only $60 out of pocket. If I had the extra money just laying around, I would have gone with a 2TB or even 4TB drive though.  

 

 

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