Upgrade your PS4 With a Solid Slate Drive or a Hybrid Drive

Previously I posted about upgrading your PS4 Hard Drive with a lower budget in mind, we also talking about the specs for the PS4 and what they mean. The HGST Travelstar 2.5-Inch 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6GB/s 32MB Cache Internal Hard Drive for just over $80 was the best option based on price and amount of space it provided.

Consider upgrading your PS4 With a Solid Slate Drive or a Hybrid Drive

I have received quite a few questions on upgrading the PS4 with a SSD(Solid Slate Drive) or a SSHD(Solid Slate Hard Drive). The prices of these drives can range anywhere from $175 – $600

sshd ssd

A SSHD is simply a hybrid between a standard Hard Drive and a Solid Slate Hard Drive. A Hybrid drive still has the large spinning disk but has the improved cache performance that a SSD has. The SSD actually has no mechanical parts or moving parts, it uses integrated circuit assemblies. The two pictures above show a good visual of what they look like.

Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014

Hybrid drives can decrease your load times quit a bit.  The Seagate hybrid has a great price point at under $110 and a great option if you dont have the budget to spend $175-$600 on a solid slate drive. 

  • 1TB (1000GB)
  • 5400RPm
  • Sata III
  • 64MB Cache
  • 2.5 inch  & 7mm

Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW

The 840 EVo series has four options that are compatible with the PS4 based on size.  The 250GB/500GB/750GB and 1000GB sizes.  SSD drives are a great long term investment for your PS4.  Even if you get the 250gb or 500GB versions you can keep a smaller number of games on your drive but benefit from much the best speeds possible.  They are all 2.5 Inch 7mm and Sata III, on SSD drives there is no RPM.

The question is how much are you willing to spend upgrading your PS4 Hard Drive? Seagate is the best company when it comes to Hybrid Drives and is offering the Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive for $105 originally $149.99

Samsung offers the highest quality for Solid Slate Drives. The PS4 requires a minimum of 160GB drive so I am only recommending 250GB and up. The Samsung EVO series has up to 1TB capacity. Samsung also offers 840 Pro Series SSD hard drives that are much more expensive. If you have the cash then grab the Pro version over the EVO. Also keep in mind that each game will be 50-60GB so the lower capacity SSD will have much better performance but require more removing of games if you purchase SSDs that are lower capacity.

If you have not read the PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade Guide or decided which hard drive to get for your PS4 then visit one of the guides.

Game on!
Enjoy this video on SSD vs HDD by Samsung


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